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It's no hidden secret in the renovation and rehabilitation world, bathroom remodeling jobs are incredibly expensive and, what's worse, this often prevents people from completing even the smallest of jobs in fear that they simply don't have enough capital to do it right.

Well, we're here to tell you that remodeling your bathroom doesn't have to cost five figures. It is very possible to make vast improvements to your space without taking out a second mortgage.

Here are five cost-effective, and simple to apply, tips to help you remodel your bathroom while increasing your return on investment (ROI).

Size Matters Not

A highly effective bathroom that functions in an efficient manner can be just as useful as increasing the square footage of a bathroom (but cost thousands less). Reorganize and re-equip where it fits best; remove things that limit room; modify for maximum space. The reward will pay for itself.

Natural Light Pleases

If your bathroom doesn't have a window, but you wish it did, then consider adding natural light before you take to cutting a hole in a wall. Products that simulate light from out-of-doors can fool our brain, and cost far less than a new window.

Demolition is Rehabilitation

By far the most cathartic (plus simplest and cheapest!) way to save on a bathroom remodel is to do your own demo. All you really need is a quality reciprocating saw, a sledge hammer, and a "proceed with care" attitude, and you can save thousands not hiring it out.

Repurposing Goods

To save big, ask your contractor or sub-contractor if they know of any sources where there was leftover goods for you to use. Many times on larger jobs resources are over-bought. This is a great way for you to get some quality, unused hardwoods and fixturing for cheap.

Save on the Back-end

Just like saving money on demo, you can apply the same methodology to finish work as well. No need to hire someone to insulate, clean-up, or paint, those types of jobs can be completed in mere hours, but can save you hundreds if not thousands when your "DIY it." Pitch in and save big!

 

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When you purchase a home, you may run into a situation where a bathroom is just really small, and the previous homeowner either decided on a poor design, or they did not fix the problem after buying. It is an issue that some people avoid tackling, but it is worthwhile, especially when it is a bathroom that you would like to use and rely on the fact you can use it on a regular basis.

Utilize Every Bit of Space, Especially Corners

In order to create the most function for your bathroom, you should try to use all available space. However, it is important to have enough walking room and room to move around after leaving the toilet, getting out of the shower, or stepping out of the bathtub. Ideally, you should try to use the corners of a bathroom to your advantage as this is space you are not likely to walk on or around. For instance, you can put additional storage in this area, which can reduce your need for storage elsewhere.

Choose a Single-Hole Faucet Model

It is best to have patience with bathroom remodeling, and this is because it can be a time-consuming process, especially when you have to deal with the plumbing of your home. However, replacing a faucet is generally quite simple, but this is not the reason it makes for an excellent part of your renovation. Switching to a single-hole faucet not only saves space, but these new water faucets are generally more energy-efficient compared to older models, which means energy savings on your side.

Downsize Your Toilet and Benefit in Multiple Ways

While a round toilet may usually be the smallest option compared to an elongated toilet, this is not always the case. Most homeowners enjoy the additional space that comes with an elongated toilet bowel, and while the majority of people would not consider it for a small bathroom, there are actually compact elongated toilets that are the same size of round toilets.

It is an outstanding choice for those looking to improve their bathroom while not consuming any extra space. Additionally, you cannot go wrong with new toilets as there are very energy-efficient models, even models that have a dual-flush option to avoid wasting water unnecessarily.

 

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rsz natelli4If a bathroom renovation is in the works for your home this year, then you'll want to be prepared. Bathroom renovations are, after all, one of the most popular, and perhaps one of the most important remodeling a homeowner can perform. 

While it's true the at the beginning of any remodel the workload seems overwhelming, it doesn't have to be. With proper planning and a bit of know-how, renovating a room in your home can be extremely rewarding. 

Determine your budget. Under-budgeting is a huge mistake. Begin by estimating what you'd like to change in your bathroom, add up total expenses and costs (including any hired help you may need). Then, subtract the hours you may need to take off of work. Remember, time is money. (Pro tip: Keep a few extra bucks in a reserve for emergencies.)

Decide on a design.Now that you have a budget, a design scheme should come next. Begin by browsing online for different styles. Check out popular websites that relay modern trends. Check out websites like Pinterest for pictorial examples of how you want your new bathroom to look and feel.

Time to buy. With your perfect bathroom in mind, it's time to spend. If you are going it alone, head to a home improvement store with your list and ask for help. Get advice from the staff on things you'll need, cost effectiveness per item, product ratings, etc. A bathroom renovation is an investment for your home's future.

Don't forget your budget. Once you get involved in the process, it's very simple to over spend. You'll need to be your own accountant during this event, keep track of anything extra you spend, and continue to subtract these amounts from your total. Remember the reserve money from tip 1? This will be your "go to" in a crisis. Use it wisely.

There's no shame in asking for help. A big job like remodeling your entire bathroom can sometimes be too much for someone to complete alone. Calling a qualified contractor in your area may save you time as well as extra costs. 

 

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