Don’t Get Soaked When You Remodel the Bathroom!

When you decide to remodel your bathroom, before you go on a sledgehammer spree to create your dream space, there’s an important question to keep in mind.

What do I want to spend?

The costs of bathroom renovations vary wildly, depending on what you change, so keep the bottom line at the top of your list. We’ve got expert advice via Bankrate.

To be sure, you can pay less than the average if you only make a few simple changes to your bathroom or if you do the work yourself. Even so, if you want a complete makeover, you might spend considerably more.

Once you have an idea of what you can afford to invest, consider what you want to accomplish. Some changes come with a much higher cost than others. Do some research into the prices per project, and prioritize your purchases.

The cost of new countertops and cabinets often makes up a big chunk of the cost of bathroom remodeling. You can expect to pay just over $1,000 to more than $13,000 for new cabinets, and from $900 to more than $6,000 for new countertops.

Upgrading to a dual-flush toilet or replacing the lighting, on the other hand, might run you several hundred dollars, and still be a positive change. New flooring can provide big visual appeal, and averages around $1,000. And don’t forget the power of paint as an inexpensive update.

Plan your remodel within he guidelines you set in advance, and consider your spending choices, to enjoy a return on your investment.

You can recoup around 60 percent of the cost of remodeling when you sell your home, as long as the changes you make are appealing.

And if you don’t plan to sell, you’ll still receive dividends from your renovations. You’ll get the pleasure of your new and improved bathroom, and sleep well in the knowledge you didn’t get soaked on the deal!