Before beginning your bathroom remodeling project, it is very important that you create a clear plan to follow and a budget to stick with before you start to take any action.
The first thing that you need to do is to figure out a budget of exactly how much money you can reasonably afford to spend on this particular project.
Next you would be very wise to create a list of items you will need, and check the costs of the supplies in order to estimate what you can do and what you can afford in your remodeling project.
It is a very wise idea to budget into your financial plan around a 15 to a 20 percent cash surplus supply in order to cover for any kind of emergencies expenses or unforeseen needs that may upexpectedly arise. Keep in mind that these things are bound to come up with nearly any project that you may delve into. If they do not occur for some lucky reason, you will have a few extra dollars to spare in the long run; a rather nice surprise!
Be sure to add into your budget the costs of any kind of extra professional help that you may need to hire out, such as an electrician, a plumber, or a carpenter. These types of services are not cheap by any means, and you do not want to be surprised by any unforeseen costs, which can be quite a significant amount. If you are a “do it yourselfer”, so much the better, and so much the less expensive it will be!
If you are not the handy type, then try to, at the minimum, do things such as your own painting, lay your own tile, or decorating by yourself in order to save on as much money as is possible. Besides the obvious financial benefit, the thrill and the pride you will feel from having created some of the “masterpiece” by yourself will have been well worth the time and effort that it might have taken you. The extra work you do will let you exercise your creative side and you will most certainly have fun while you are saving money.
There are many online sites that you can find by doing a search on the Internet on different types of home improvement projects that exist. These sites can help you to do things like estimate the cost of your bathroom and sometimes give you tips on how to do some things by yourself; for example, how to put up wall border. These Web sites have several remodeling scenarios to select from; for example, adding a bathtub or redoing the walls if you are daring enough to attempt it. There are calculators on some of these sites that I have seen, which can really come in handy. They will ask you your location, the size of your bathroom, the preparation work needed, and the amount and type of supplies you’ll need.
These sites will easily assist you in planning your entire bathroom project, including decorating ideas, and remodeling costs. You may even be inspired by something you may find.
Another thing that I strongly recommend is to talk with other people who have had some experience with remodeling projects, or friends who have a good flair for style and design, or you may even find a discussion forum online including people who are wanting to share ideas, many of whom have remodeled their own bathrooms. They may be aware of some great deals or bargains, some products that are not so good and to avoid, or unexpected costs that they have found which may arise that you may not be aware of, but they have encountered.
There is no such thing as doing too much research. Check out different websites on the costs of bathroom remodeling and get estimates from several local remodeling companies before making any final decisions.
If you are hiring someone to do work in your bathroom, don’t be afraid to purchase the supplies. It may save you huge amounts of money.
Be aware of the fact that the costs of supplies add up quickly. A typical sink, depending on the style and materials can cost anywhere between $60 and $200,or even more for higher-end sinks, which could run close to $1000.
There are many kinds of flooring; the cheapest being Vinyl. These can start as cheep as $2 per square foot. Ceramic tile is usually triple the price of vinyl, so keep this in mind when you figure your budget.
Bathtubs can cost a few hundred dollars and up, depending on what you like and how much extravagance you can afford. A whirlpool tub can cost into the thousands. A Shower can cost between $300 at the cheapest, and up to around $2,500 for the very fancy.
A Basic toilet can be pretty inexpensive, even less than $100, but the more fancy types can cost upward of $2000!
Paint will cost from $12 to $25 per gallon, the higher quality naturally being more expensive.
Wallpaper is usually around $15 to $25 per roll, and new accessories can cost anywhere from a few dollars to several hundreds.
Whatever you decide, just keep in mind that it is important to make plans ahead of time, and not just jump in, in order to do it properly. Also be sure to shop wisely to keep your remodeling project cost within your budget. Check several different outlets before you make a final purchase.
You can always add more later on if you wish. After one bathroom-remodeling project, you will have the experience, confidence and the skills to do another!