When you’re trying to sell your home, remodeling the bathroom could give you a bigger return on investment than renovating the kitchen.
According to Forbes, the average cost for a 100 square foot (10’ x 10’) kitchen is between $15,000 and $30,000, depending primarily on the cost of new appliances.
However, remodeling a good-sized bathroom can be done for between $3,500 and $15,000. According to HomeAdvisor, the national average is $10,954.
Although sprucing up the kitchen cabinets and walls with fresh paint is an excellent idea, buying new cabinets and appliances will likely cost more than you could get back at closing. Instead, that money could be more effectively spent in the bathroom.
If you’re planning on keeping your home, a bathroom update is always a good idea.
Use a Local Contractor
One of the best methods to save on a bathroom remodel is hiring a local contractor to complete what you cannot do yourself or don’t have the time to do.
Realistically, you should have a local company with an excellent reputation for completing bathroom renovations to give you an estimate for your bathroom renovation. In the Minneapolis area, that company is the Anoka, MN, Royal Crowne Construction, INC., with Minnesota License #BC593877.
We recommend a local company because if anything goes wrong, a local company will respond promptly and not keep you waiting weeks or even months for an appointment to correct the condition.
Paint, Clean & Reuse
You can save thousands by painting and reusing the bathroom cabinets and adding new hardware. If the doors are too beat up to reuse, you can add new doors. If your doors are standard-sized, you can get new, inexpensive doors to replace the old ones. If not, even custom-made doors will be much cheaper than replacing the entire cabinet.
Remember, stock cabinets are typically less expensive than custom. It is cheaper to have the contractor rebuild a wall than to buy custom cabinets in many cases.
Cracked, loose or missing grout can be replaced, and the tile cleaned to save hundreds during a renovation. Repairing or replacing grout is a budget-friendly fix for your bathroom tiles.
However, if you need or want to replace the tile, ask the contractor to use ceramic or porcelain rather than stone or glass.
You can spruce up that old toilet rather than buy a new one by adding a soft-close or wooden toilet cover.
According to Cabinets Now, the best time to buy cabinet items for a bathroom renovation is between Black Friday and Christmas, while many are on sale. Likewise, ordering online from retailers like Overstock.com can save you significant money on everything you need for a bathroom renovation.
Where to Effectively Spend on a Bathroom Renovation
All the money you saved should be used to update the bathtub or shower surround and countertops. Whereas fiberglass tubs, shower surrounds and laminate countertops were popular in the seventies, contemporary home buyers are looking for a gorgeous two-station basin and tile in the shower.
Knock out the walls if you need to create space for a tiled bath or shower surround, particularly in the master bath.
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