Why are bathrooms so expensive to remodel?

Per square foot, no room in the house requires more work or costs more money to remodel than the bathroom. The combination of plumbing, moisture content, electrical wiring and decorating schemes packaged into smaller residential spaces creates unique demands for a bathroom remodeling. Assuming that the expensive bathroom remodeling option will take care of all your problems is not always the right assumption. Contractors, home improvement stores, supply houses, and many others can lead you to purchase higher quality and more expensive materials and services.

While your intentions may be honest, it results in a higher overall cost to you. Even though a bathroom may be small in square feet, almost all professionals who would participate in a larger renovation will continue to participate in your project. A renovated bathroom or bathrooms tend to be one of the key features that add value to your home, and the average homeowner recovers about two-thirds of the cost of remodeling on resale. If you're handy with common household tools, you can probably undertake projects such as installing bathroom floors, laying ceramic tiles, painting walls, installing a bathroom vanity, adding a GFCI outlet, and even running branch circuits.

Before you rip off that old tile, be prepared to spend at least two months planning, building and finishing your bathroom renovations. Once you know what the most expensive part of remodeling a bathroom is, you can focus more on allocating costs for every aspect of your bathroom remodeling. Overall, two of the most expensive parts of bathroom remodeling are moving a waste line and replacing a vanity, says Douglas Huebner, CEO of home design and renovation company The Habitatilist and one of New Jersey's top real estate agents serving the Maplewood, Montclair and South areas Orange. If a complete bathroom remodel by a professional is out of budget, you can always opt for a homemade bathroom renovation.

If your house has two or more bathrooms and everyone needs remodeling, it makes perfect sense to start with the largest and most widely used master bathroom. It is usually a full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower and bathtub) or a three-room bathroom (sink, toilet and standing shower, but no bathtub).

Brielle Wilson
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