Kitchen and bathroom remodeling is notorious for going over the initial budget. There’s a good reason for it: more than any other rooms in your home, these two are likely to fall victim to mold, rot, and other damage that your contractor will only discover after the walls have been pulled down. In addition, these two feature fixtures like showers and countertops which are built into the walls and must be pulled down in order to substantially change the look. These facts mean that a kitchen or bathroom remodel is almost always more expensive than any other room, and that it’s hard to bring in a job like that under budget. However, it’s not impossible to do on a tight budget – you just need to know where it’s safe to cut corners, and where you don’t want to underspend.
Never Leave Mold, Mildew, Or Rot
If your contractor discovers any kind of structural issue or any kind of growth in the walls as part of the job, always have it taken care of. Your walls and floor are likely already exposed; if you decide to take care of it later, you’ll have to rip everything up again. Even worse, if you cover it all over with new materials as part of your redesign, you’ll just have to rip up all the new work. If your home is not very new or your bathroom remodel is the first in a long time, consider leaving extra money for potential mold, mildew, or rot removal. Older homes simply don’t have modern waterproofing technology, and finding some kind of growth is almost guaranteed.
Know When To Save On Bathroom Remodel Materials
There are times when you want to save, and times when it’s best to spend a bit more. Generally, saving on the actual visible materials is the safest. The underlying materials are the real meat of the bathroom remodel, and are much harder to replace than the simple surface material. Bathtubs, tile, and fixtures are really simple to re-do if you decide you want a more expensive finish in the future. On the other hand, using more sophisticated waterproofing material to ensure a truly watertight seal provides a lot of value into the future and will maintain regardless of what you decide to do with the finishes built on top of it.
Don’t Go With A Lower End Contractor
When it comes to bathroom remodeling professionals, you almost always get what you pay for. Remember, if you pay an inexperienced or unlicensed individual to come work on your home, you might well get work done and you might save money, but you’ll almost certainly have to pay someone to come in and fix the mistakes they made. A big bathroom remodeling job requires a lot of expertise – running drains, planning out plumbing, and working with electrical may all be required in addition to complex tiling knowledge. Any of these advanced tasks just isn’t suitable for anything less than a professional contractor.