Your bathroom is an essential space in your home. Today, virtually everyone is looking to make their bathrooms as functional as possible. Do you want to revamp the lighting? Perhaps you need more storage? Remodelling your bathroom can transform it into a more functional and useful space. However, bathroom renovations can be expensive, depending on what you intend to upgrade. And if it's your first time remodelling your bathroom, you are likely to make rookie mistakes that can make the project even costlier.
This piece looks into some critical issues that can make your bathroom remodel project more expensive.
Reconfiguring Your Bathroom
Reconfiguring your bathroom by changing the location of critical components or fixtures like your toilet, sink or bathtub can set you back hundreds and thousands of dollars. Such bathroom fixtures typically have electrical and plumbing systems in place. Changing them would mean redoing the plumbing and electrical systems, which would be complex, time-consuming and labour intensive, increasing your project costs. Therefore, it's always best to stick to the original layout as much as possible.
You can facelift your bathroom in several other ways that don't involve reconfiguring the layout. For instance, you can upgrade the lighting, ventilation, storage, painting and etc.
Lacking A Comprehensible Plan
Do you have a clear plan for your project? Working with your contractor beforehand is critical. Ensure you go over every little detail for your project. Talk about your desired design and amend your plan before the project commences. Changing your project requirements and design midway will make it more expensive. First, you may need to purchase new materials. In addition, the materials already used could go to waste because not everything will be reusable. Altering your project requirements when it has already begun makes it more labour intensive, increasing your labour costs. Therefore, ensure you have a clear plan from the onset.
Overestimating Your DIY Abilities
One practical way to save money on your bathroom remodelling project is to take on some of the tasks yourself. For instance, you may decide to do the painting yourself, install the tiles and more. Doing this can help reduce your labour costs. However, ensure you have the right skill set to take on these tasks before attempting to perform them yourself. It would help if you chose a task that you have performed before. For instance, moving your plumbing lines after a few online lessons can be detrimental and costly to your project. You may cause more damage that would require a professional to fix, costing even more. Therefore, assess your skillset critically before you go the DIY route.