If you are on a fixed budget and are considering renovating your bathroom to minimize your expenses, there are ways to accomplish your goals without performing a full renovation that involves gutting your bath to studs, which can be more costly.
You need to consider options to perform visually aesthetic upgrades to your bathroom to avoid breaking the bank. By paying attention to the details we’ve outlined below, you can achieve great results.
Fresh Coat of Paint Goes a Long Way
If your paint is dated or looks worn out, it is best to repaint your bathroom using a modern, neutral color. Consider investing in a professional to help you out or you can even do it yourself. YouTube has lots of excellent videos that teach users how to paint, which can help save you money.
Avoid Replacing. Reface Instead.
If you are considering replacing things such as your vanity or mirror, don’t rush too fast because you may be able to save more money by simply refinishing your furnishings. If there are dings and scratches, painting can certainly bring everything back to life and make it look like new!
Install Vinyl Flooring
These days, vinyl flooring options are extensive and gorgeous. Best of all, vinyl is waterproof which makes it a perfect option for your bathroom. Home improvement stores sell vinyl floors between $1 – $3 per square foot, making it a lot more economical than some other forms of tiling for the bathroom.
Refinish the Bathtub
Is your tub stained and dated? Perhaps it’s time to refinish it in pure white. This avoids having to replace, dispose, and install a brand-new tub and will lead to more savings. A professional contractor can make a bathtub look like brand new and it will likely run you only couple of hundred dollars.
Don’t Forget Caulking and Grout
If your grout is black or if you have moldy caulking, you should certainly get it cleaned out and put fresh caulking. Your tiles will shine better and your bathtub will look more pleasant and appealing.
Check Discounted Stores
There are numerous local stores (besides the mainstream home improvement stores) that carry discounted products. Check Google Local listings to see what stores are in your area and try to find cheaper supplies there before heading over to the most common retail stores.
Buy Offline from Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace is a great way to find sellers who are listing items they no longer need for sale in your area. Often times you’ll find like-new items such as faucets, flooring, and tiles at great prices. Be sure to also review Craigslist listings to see if anyone is selling items you may need at heavy discounts.
Do Not Move Plumbing
Lastly, if plumbing does not need to be moved, it is best not to move it. Hiring a licensed plumber can be quite expensive and you should try to avoid doing so unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Achieving upgrades that will make a positive impact to your home can certainly be possible while on a budget. Not only is it a great investment that will add value to your home, but it will help you sell your home faster in case you choose to do so in the near future.
Lastly, be sure to check out Houzz.com for bathroom remodeling ideas. There are lots of before and after projects to help you get inspired!
We hope that you will find these tips helpful in preparation for your bathroom remodel.