How to Budget on Bathroom Renovations

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     The bathroom is a cluttered, tiny room off the bedroom where we rush to brush, shower, and fix ourselves before we set off for work. Nevertheless, it could also be a haven, a place of retreat after a hard day at work. A place to soothe the soul and calm the nerves. This can be done, and fits any budget.

     The second most popular remodelling project after the kitchen is the bathroom upgrade. However, the expenses involved could be quite staggering—with an average over $10,000! Wait, do no let this discourage you from renovating your baths, following are some tips on doing it that fits your budget.

1. Determine a specific budget and plan. Consider your funds and find out how much you can spend on a bathroom renovation. It is helpful to do some window-shopping for fixtures and accessories and compare quality and prices.

2. The answer to a tight budget is taking it a step at a time. If you have the funds to spend on a bathtub, once this is accomplished, you could proceed to the next area. Each time you finish, it is wise to wait until you have the funds available to start on the next one. This will lessen the headaches involved in renovations.

3. Shop for items that you need during off-seasons where stores might offer discounts or sales. This could be during the summer or throughout the holidays where most people would not think of renovating their bathrooms.

4. You can choose to do it yourself.  You can replace worn towel bars, faucets, medicine cabinets, mirrors and light fixtures by yourself.  For a more flattering look, add down lights and put them on dimmers. The bathroom door could be replaced with one that has a full-length mirror set with new knobs and handles. A fresh coat of paint will do the trick of lighting up the look of your bathroom enormously. Nevertheless, before you proceed to do it yourself, consider your experience. Usually, if you do not have any experience or knowledge in bathroom renovations, you could end up spending more money than hiring a professional because of the many mistakes you make. Consider your options and decide wisely.

6. Make use of low-cost accessorizing. The key to this is to make use of the things you already have. Play it with colors. If you have a gold tub, toilet and sink, you can make it your color scheme.  Matching dominant colors will enable you to create a calm and uniformed look in your bathroom.

7. Try reglazing your tub instead of replacing it, most especially if it is still in a good working condition. You will be able to save more than half the price of a new tub and at the same time, lessens dust.

8. Use cultured marble sheets instead of a ceramic tile. Marble sheets are a good choice for your tub surroundings. They are easier to clean and can save you a lot on labor costs. Fiberglass on the surrounds is less costly than using tiles.

9. Make a list of what is really needed before you do a renovation. You might add accessories and fixtures that you do not necessarily need, affecting your budget.

     If you plan to do a renovation of your bathroom in the following weeks or months, the tips above can serve as your guide to save money. You may want to consider all of them, some, or even just one idea. Whatever you decide, the most important thing is you can make a renovation of your bathroom on a budget that suits you.