How to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Budget

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How to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Budget


When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, you want to plan appropriately. Things can get expensive quickly, so you want to keep your budget tight and ensure that you have the best ROI for the projects chosen. If you’re planning to redo your home’s bathrooms, here is what you need to know to get the most from your money.


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Think About ROI


One of the big rooms to remodel before putting the house on the market is the bathroom. While building a new bathroom may not give the best return, adding additions and renovating can. Painting, especially a calming color like blue, can show an increase in sale price by over $5,000. It’s inexpensive, and you can do it yourself well. If you get a contractor to redo a bathroom, it may cost almost $20,000, but you’ll see, on average, a 70 percent return. It’s worth doing the bathroom well, but to avoid that hefty price tag, you want to do it smart. Create a budget and stick to it by deciding what you can do by yourself and what you need a professional to manage. A good idea of how to establish the absolute maximum you should spend is to determine the value of your house and divide it by the number of rooms you have. This figure should be no more than the value of a single room.


Make It Efficient


There is almost never enough room for storage in bathrooms. Between chemical storage, shampoos and soaps, and the many towels, we end up needing to be creative. Having additional storage options can see a good ROI, and it doesn’t take much effort to make it happen. You can add or create pullout shelving in your existing cabinets for extra storage. More complex projects could be done to make the room appear larger and offer more space to move about it. A corner sink takes up less room and can allow for further development, such as putting in a towel hamper or a new shelf. You can do other easy installs yourself, such as adding towel bars on the back of the bathroom door to maximize room. Bars and shelving aren’t expensive, especially if you install them yourself to save the cost of additional labor.


What to Do Yourself


Determining what you can do yourself depends on how adventurous you are and your level of experience. If you have done some projects in the past, you may be able to branch out and update your toilet, replace a sink, or even install a shower door. Make sure you do your research before you begin, as there may be permits you need to acquire for bigger projects. You need to really plan before you start, even down to what color scheme you will be choosing, as you certainly don’t want your tile to clash with the countertop. You may find that things like replacing faucets and showerheads are easier than ripping out and laying down a new floor. Adding shelving is less intensive than adjusting plumbing, so think about what effort you’re willing to put into this remodel. You’ll need basic equipment as well, like a safety mask, gloves, electric tools, buckets, and spackle. This is not something to take on lightly, so compare the price of buying tools and taking time to accomplish the remodel with hiring a contractor.


Hiring a Contractor


When it comes to complicated matters, it really is best if you hire a professional. Not only do they have the tools and experience needed, but you can injure yourself if you fiddle with plumbing and wiring and something goes awry. Things like redoing your shower or tub, installing a lighting fixture, or replacing a toilet should be left to those who have ample experience. Only tackle what you are 100 percent certain you can handle with no risk to yourself.


If you are thinking of remodeling, don’t panic. It will be work, but at the end of the day, it can be greatly worth it. Be sure that you plan to get the best ROI possible, and know when you need to hire a professional to keep things safe.




For our list of contractors, give me a call or shoot me a text at (704) 491-3310. If you're prepping your home to sell in the spring, I'm happy to meet with you to review any upgrades necessary to get top dollar for your Charlotte home.


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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

If anyone can help a client stay on track with their budget for remodeling a bathroom you are the one who can make it happen in Charlotte. You have the contacts and resources to make it happen!

Dec 02, 2018 04:50 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Don't overspend on the supplies.   a neighbor just remodeled his home and went to sell and ended up losing $50,000 because of his high dollar taste did not transferre into value for the buyers,

Dec 02, 2018 04:54 PM #2
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Great ideas here Debe Maxwell, CRS  By the way everything is fixed

Dec 02, 2018 04:57 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe all great ideas, we have planned on remodeling our bathroom and started buying the materials while we searched for a Contractor and that is where we ran into a snag... so now it will be next years project....Endre

Dec 02, 2018 05:22 PM #4
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

It can get very costly when adding upgrades to the bathroom. Your post explains how to stay within a budget very thoroughly, well done Debe!

Dec 02, 2018 05:36 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debe- great tips and one of the best is that they hire a professional contractor!  If there are things that you can do yourself, you'll waste more money if you end up having to redo it!  I've seen some remodels that made me wonder what in the world they were thinking. The bathroom is such a key selling area, too, so why not make it right. 

Dec 02, 2018 05:38 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debe - an important room needs lots of thoughtful planning. You definitely showcase that necessary consideration in this post.

Dec 02, 2018 06:01 PM #7
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Debe Maxwell, CRS very valuable comprehensive report for remodeling  bathroom on a budget.

Dec 02, 2018 06:15 PM #8
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Such excellent advice for deciding what work can be done by the homeowner andwhen to call a contractor for return on investment and to help a home sell.

Dec 02, 2018 07:36 PM #9
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

These are great tips. I will share this post with others. 

Dec 03, 2018 02:45 AM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

So many ways to do this...and having given advice to many doesn't have to be a huge bill to accomplish LARGE results !

Dec 04, 2018 09:14 AM #11
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