Studies show that the average bathroom remodel will cost around $12,000, while an upscale bathroom remodel can cost upwards of $20,000 for deluxe fixtures and amenities. If those prices are a little intimidating, but you really need to remodel your bathroom, consider some of these options that can help you save a bundle on your kitchen and bathroom countertops, bathroom vanities and cabinets, as well as beautiful hardware for cabinets and drawers to customize the look and feel of your new room.
Choosing to do a bathroom remodel is a smart investment, according to real estate agents and others in the business who determine the value of a home on the open market. Updating or remodeling a bathroom can earn you a 100 percent return on your investment if you make smart choices. What that means is that the money you spend on brand new solid maple bathroom vanities and other essential elements can be seen as a direct increase in your home’s value dollar for dollar.
How Much Do You Have to Spend?
The first thing you need to do is sit down and create a budget. Having a budget will help you keep track of spending and let you know how much is available for bathroom vanities and cabinets when you go shopping. Whatever is leftover can be used for embellishments and accessories to help customize the look and feel of your new bathroom, such as hardware for cabinets and drawers like pulls, knobs and hinges. The bulk of your expenses will likely be spent on cabinets, counters and flooring, unless you are doing any major plumbing work or upgrades to your shower or bath.
Traditionally, kitchen and bathroom countertops can be quite pricey, however both can be purchased at Cabinet Factory Outlet in Swansea, MA, along with bathroom vanities and cabinets, bathroom flooring and tile, fixtures and other accessories at a fraction of the cost compared to home improvement centers and big box stores.
Once your budget is set you can start shopping around to see what kind of prices you can get for the things you need to upgrade the most. Consider creating two lists for your remodeling project – one labeled “have to have,” which lists the things that need to be upgraded, such as damaged vanities or broken fixtures; and the other labeled “nice to have,” which lists the things that you would like to upgrade if you have money leftover after purchasing everything on the “have to have” list.
Other Ways to Save
While there are certain elements that must be included in order to create a great looking bathroom that will add value to your home, there are some that can be reduced or eliminated that don’t really need to be there. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference and really create a “wow” factor that you wouldn’t have had if you stuck with the traditional decorating approach to your bathroom remodel.
- Tile – Regardless of the type of tile you choose, it can get expensive. Contractors can charge an arm and a leg to do all of the flooring and walls of a bathroom. Even a half wall of tile can cost you more than you are able to spend. Consider using just a single strip of tile along the wall as a decorative feature instead of a whole wall. Paint the wall instead or add wallpaper, beadboard or a textured material that you can paint to match the rest of the bathroom.
- Countertops – If you are trying to reduce your budget so you can splurge on high quality solid maple bathroom vanities instead, consider alternate materials to granite. While granite is popular, studies show that it is no longer a must-have material for most prospective home buyers. In fact, some surveys have revealed that it may have been over-used in recent years.
- Paint – Add color with paint. While paint is low in cost, it will take a lot of time if you want to do it right. Make sure to purchase high quality paint that is designed for use in your bathroom, such as a paint with a satin finish and a built-in resistance to mold and mildew growth. Not only will it help keep your bathroom looking newer longer, but it will also protect your home from dangerous mold.
- Fixtures – A broad category, but all of these parts can enhance the look of your new bathroom vanities and cabinets without costing a lot of money. Just be careful when you shop around and make sure that the fixtures will work with your new solid maple bathroom vanities and kitchen and bathroom countertops. For example, brand new sink faucets, towel racks, light fixtures and even the hardware for cabinets and drawers can fall into this category.
Visit Cabinet Factory Outlet to Save Even More
Come to the showroom for the Cabinet Factory Outlet in Swansea, MA to view all of our beautiful bathroom vanities and cabinets. We have a wide selection of kitchen and bathroom countertops, solid maple vanities in a variety of colors, as well as hardware for cabinets and drawers for you to choose from. Make sure to check out our prices and options before you start your bathroom remodel in New Bedford, Fall River or anywhere else in the South Coast region. Give us a call at 508-379-6154 to learn more about our products or stop by our location on Grand Army of the Republic Highway.