6 Tips for Saving Money on Your Bathroom Renovation
We are big into our bathrooms in this family. Hubby has worked in the bathroom game for more than ten years.
Today I am partnering up with BigBathroomShop.co.uk who share their top tips and advice on how to save money on your bathroom renovation.
Keep the layout the same
Planning is key to a successful bathroom renovation project, and as soon as you start moving around the fixtures, the job can quickly become expensive, so keep the layout the same to save money.
Tradesmen can find some superb deals, but it’s also a good idea to do your research and see what bargains you can find. Do you really need a tradesman to fit the entire bathroom, or could you do some of it yourself? Smaller tasks such as fitting a mirror and accessories helps to cut costs.
If you spot a bargain, it’s a good idea to check if it really is good value for money – is the quality good, will it stand the test of time, and is it covered by a guarantee?
Fittings without any moving parts is one area where you can get away with spending less. A good example is a bathroom sink, which is only required to hold water and drain it away. Compare this to a toilet, which has far more moving parts, and you will need it to function properly well into the future.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on a bath with added reinforcement either. The bath needs to be durable enough to hold your weight, as well as the water. So, when choosing fixtures, don’t rush into anything, take your time and consider your options carefully.
Affordable flooring options
With so many great flooring options available, there’s no need to spend a lot on creating a luxury look. If you love the look of stone but don’t have the budget, it’s definitely worth thinking about vinyl.
A practical and affordable option, vinyl is stylish, waterproof, highly durable, and comes in many designs and styles to suit any requirement. A fantastic bathroom flooring option, you’ll find natural wood, modern patterns and stone effect designs to take your pick from, plus it won’t feel cold underfoot during the winter months!
Consider selling your old bathroom suite
Auction sites offer a great way to sell unwanted fixtures that are still in good condition, such as taps and sinks. By selling these items you’ll recoup some of the cost you spent on your new bathroom.
Fitting costs make up a big proportion of any bathroom renovation project, so if you feel confident enough, try doing some of the work yourself. Removing fixtures and fitting new taps are relatively easy jobs most people can do, but if you lack the skills, and for bigger, more complicated tasks, always hire a professional to avoid costly mistakes.
It’s a good idea to get quotes from different tradesmen so you can get an estimate of the cost and to ensure the price is fair.
Keep an eye out for bargains
Cheap products look very similar to more expensive ones, but unlikely to be of the same quality. The chrome finish on cheap taps may not be very hardwearing, or the surface of a bath is more likely to crack, so always spend as much as you can afford and you’ll save money in the long run. You could even save money by fitting a shower over the bath, rather than creating a separate area for showering.
If possible, wait until the big summer and winter sales are on, as you can find some fantastic bargains.
With some thought, there’s many ways to stretch your budget when it comes to updating your bathroom, and you’d be surprised at how much work you can do yourself. Fitting a bathroom cabinet to the wall, grouting and painting are simple jobs to take on.
Purchasing a complete bathroom suite rather than individual items can also help to reduce costs. If you need storage you don’t need to buy it all at once, you can always add more at a later date when you have more budget available.
Use a mix of inexpensive ceramic tiles and luxurious mosaics
Mosaics can be expensive, especially if you tile an entire bathroom in them, so to cut costs just use them to create a feature wall. Ceramic tiles that look like stone, marble or wood allow you to create a luxury look without overspending.
This is a collaborative post.