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Remodeling a bathroom doesn’t always have to be an expensive endeavor. It’s possible to save money on your next bathroom remodeling project if you stay within your budget and make the right remodeling choices. Here are a few smart ways to spend less on bathroom remodeling.
Forego the Tiles
Bathroom tiles often look nice, but they can also be expensive. The only area that usually needs tiling is the wall around the bathtub and shower, and you can save yourself a lot of money by adding tiles to just that area and not adding them to other surfaces. You can still give you bathroom the aesthetic appeal that you want by using wooden material to line many of your surfaces. Regardless of which surface material that you use, it’s important to apply linseed or tung oil for a proper seal.
Don’t Rearrange Plumbing Fixtures
You may be tempted to rearrange the toilet, sink or bathtub to give your bathroom a more attractive and convenient layout, but doing so could cost you a lot of extra money. Rearranging plumbing fixtures usually comes with a high price because of the new piping configurations that have to be designed. If you still want to rearrange any of your plumbing fixtures, it’s best to hire a skilled bathroom remodeling contractor to do the work so that you don’t end up making mistakes that will cost you even more money to fix.
Get New Parts Instead of Replacing a Toilet
If your toilet is damaged or looks outdated, you might be able to revitalize it by simply replacing a few of the parts. Replacing an entire toilet can be costly, and certain parts can be purchased inexpensively at most hardware stores. Taking out the toilet seat and lid and replacing them with new ones can make your old toilet look brand-new. You can also make your toilet function better by installing a new flush handle, wax ring, and tank bolts.
Do Work in Smaller Increments
You don’t have to do everything at once, and taking a phased approach when remodeling your bathroom can be easier on your budget. You won’t have to come up with a large sum of money to pay for an entire bathroom overhaul if you replace surfacing, install new plumbing fixtures, or add a new fan individually instead of all at once. It’s possible to space some projects out a few weeks or even a few months from one another and still get the final result that you want.
You’ll be doing yourself and your budget a favor by doing everything that’s needed to reduce the cost of your bathroom remodeling. With the money that you save, you’ll be able to take on other home renovation projects with greater financial security.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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