6 Tips for Planning a Bathroom Renovation This Spring

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Some might say it’s just a bathroom, but to you, it’s a retreat. The only problem is that yours is not giving off the vibe you envision for this in-home getaway. In other words, it’s time for a remodel.

It’s certainly a big project to take on, but it’s nothing you can’t handle on your own. Here are six tips to make your renovation a bit simpler this spring:

Crunch the Numbers

Whether it’s large or small, you should always make sure you have enough funds before embarking on any home renovation project. The average bathroom renovation costs about $10,000, although more costly remodels have price tags of more than $23,000. Make sure you can afford everything you envision before diving in.

You might also want to consider how much time you plan on spending in the house—most homeowners won’t invest a ton of money into a dream bathroom if they plan on leaving. Still, you could justify the project if you think it’ll make it easier to sell your property. Rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen will sway many potential buyers, so a remarkably outdated one might need that type of refresh before you leave.

Break Down the Budget

Once you choose to go ahead with your renovation plans and decide on an overall amount you can spend, you should sit down and figure out where each dollar will go. Most of the time, you can bet that labor will cost about a third of the budget. Unless you’re planning a more superficial update—painting, updating hardware, swapping the shower curtain and more—you should pay an expert to handle the brunt of the hard work.

Then, you can figure out what you must include and what you can cut if money’s tight. In most cases, you should eliminate luxurious extras if money’s running low—you’ll need new tile, but you won’t need a steam shower. If you’re going all out, you could include these extras, as well as foundational updates such as new plumbing, windows or even electrical rewiring.

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