How to Determine the Cost of Your Connecticut Bathroom Remodel
Knowing approximately how much your Connecticut bathroom remodel will cost will help you establish a budget so you can keep your project manageable and realistic. It will also prevent you from running out of money before everything is complete. Follow these tips to help you determine the cost of your bathroom remodel.
Remodeling magazine estimated that a standard mid-range bathroom remodel could cost in the ballpark of approximately $10,000 to $11,000, but these costs can vary by region. In the Northeast, remodeling costs are higher than in some other parts of the country.
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What Defines Mid-Range?
Different sources can define mid-range in different ways, but according to Remodeling magazine, it's a new tub and surround, new toilet, wallpaper, new tile floors, plus sink and vanity. Nothing high-end, but still a substantial change over the original fixtures.
What Are the Most Expensive Items?
New fixtures like a new tub, sink and vanity are among the most expensive items. Toilets can get expensive too if you want to buy something high-end or a specialty item. It's important to keep in mind when buying fixtures for your bathroom that some items will pay for themselves over time (like a low-flow toilet), while other items tend to take money without giving back (like whirlpool style tubs).
In addition to the fixtures, installing new tile, increasing the size of the bathroom and adding a window can get very expensive very quickly.
How Can You Save Money?
If you're remodeling on a budget and want to keep it under the $10,000 mark, these tips will help:
- Buy stock fixtures found in big-box stores. Avoid high-end specialty items.
- Buy the fixtures yourself.
- Ask your contractor or subcontractors if they have leftover materials and fixtures from other jobs.
- Do some of the work yourself. Painting and (in some cases) demolition can be done by homeowners, saving money in the long run.
- Wait until the off-season to take advantage of off-season discounts.
Check Out Online Calculators
One of the easiest ways to get a sense for the cost of a bathroom remodel is to check out this bathroom remodel cost estimator on improvenet.com. Keep in mind that these prices are generic, middle of the road averages and really don't reflect the exact amounts that you can plan to spend.
Meet with a Contractor
The best way to determine the approximate cost of your Connecticut bathroom remodel is to meet with a skilled general contractor who can bid on your project and explain the costs in a way that is clear and straightforward. This can prevent your bathroom remodeling costs from ballooning out of control, and will help ensure that you know what you're getting into before you start.
If you're ready to start your bathroom remodel, or at least get a sense for the cost, contact Litchfield Builders, New Haven's premier general contractor.