10 tips to save money on your bathroom renovation costs
So your bathroom needs an upgrade but you don’t wanna pay the big bucks? A bathroom renovation costs anything from $3,500 to $35,000 depending on what you do. But if your budget is on the low end of the scale, you might need to get creative with how you spend your dollars.
I’ve been in this industry for long enough to have seen bathrooms at all price points. And you don’t necessarily have to spend LOTS of money to get a good result. But you do need to know what you’re doing.
That’s why I’ve put together my top 10 tips for saving money on your bathroom renovation costs, including where you can cheap out and where you might need to invest a little more. It’s all about getting a great result for less (and nobody has to know).
1. Plan before you start
First thing’s first. Create a plan for what you want your bathroom to look like before you pick up the tools. That way, you’ll know what needs to happen, what your budget is, and what’s realistic for you to include.
Because what nobody will tell you is that when you renovate your bathroom, even if you don’t DIY it all, you become like a project manager. You need to know what’s happening, who’s doing it, and when, so you can hire the best tradies and get it all done in the right order. Which brings me to my next point…
2. Get it done in the right order
Doing your bathroom renovation in the right order will save you a bucket load of money. So get your bathroom layout sorted first, including basics like plumbing, and fixings like your shower screen and tiling. Then get your cosmetic features done last, like painting, tapware, and those fancy towels you’ve been eyeing off.
This’ll save you money because you won’t have to redo stuff. For example, if you got ahead of yourself and painted before you tiled, you might have to redo the paint – which would waste your time and money. Or if you tiled before finalising your layout, you could find yourself with some very patchy tiling.
3. Shop sales or secondhand
Sometimes you can save money just by shopping at the right time of year. A lot of places have end of year sales and end of financial year sales. But you can often catch sales inbetween when businesses sell off end-of-season stock, moves location, or closes down. Check retailers’ websites regularly or ask around for recommendations.
And while you should always get some things brand new (like your toilet seat), there’s some great deals to be had in the secondhand market. Some good secondhand buys for bathroom renovations are basins, vanities, bathtubs, tiles, and tapware. If you can find something that’s designed well and in a classic style, it’ll look good as new in your bathroom renovation. You can find some great deals online (check Gumtree and Facebook marketplace) and save in some areas so you can splurge on other things.
4. Get manufacturers’ prices
Save on your bathroom renovation costs even when you have to buy new items by getting them at manufacturers’ prices. When you purchase through some tradies (like myself), you’ll often get manufacturer’s pricing and discounts passed on. Plus, tradies will often have access to higher grade stock and materials – we know the best brands and only use companies we trust to deliver long-term value. None of that cheap garbage!
5. Paint is your best friend
A paint refresh is possibly the cheapest part of your bathroom renovation but can make a real difference to the look and feel of your space. Especially if your bathroom walls haven’t been painted for a decade or two and are a lovely 90s wee yellow or 80s pink. Or if your tiles are in good condition (but the wrong colour) you might be able to get away with a lick of tile paint instead of ripping them up and starting from scratch. You can save thousands this way.
6. Watch out for fixings
Tapware is a funny thing… you can find it for really high prices in some high-end designer stores. Or you can snag a total bargain secondhand or on sale at the right time. If you need to keep your bathroom renovation costs low, go with the bargain tapware all the way, because it’s relatively easy to upgrade down the track if you want to.
7. Forget brand names
Does it matter if your shower head has a fancy brand name on it? Probably not. As long as it’s good quality, you’ll get the same result for a better price if you’re flexible on the brand.
8. Don’t DIY or skimp on the important stuff
A lot of people jump straight into a DIY bathroom renovation to cut costs. But most of the time, this also means cutting corners because they don’t have the skills, experience, or equipment to do a proper job. Hiring a professional and investing in quality can save you money in the long run. Because because a fixing a dodgy DIY job can work out pretty expensive, especially if you need to start over with the right equipment and materials.
9. Go classic to add longevity
Rather than trying to cut back on all your bathroom renovating costs, try to look at it differently. Invest in the right pieces and set yourself up so you don’t need to renovate again for a long time.
So choose classic pieces and fixings that won’t go out of style. Go with upgrades that’ll add function and maximise your space (like a frameless shower screen) even if it’s not the cheapest option available.
Because if you make sure you don’t need to renovate your bathroom for another 10-15 years, you’ll get far more from your investment, and you’ll save money in the long run.
10. Remember, time is money
It might be okay to DIY some parts of your renovation if you have the skills, equipment, and time. But remember that you need downtime as well. You can always earn more money, but you’ll never be able to get back your time. So don’t spend all your weekends and evenings on your bathroom reno. Hire help and get it done sooner (and better).
Over to you…
I’m about 110% certain there are more than 10 ways to save on your bathroom renovation costs. So feel free to share in the comments below. Let me know how you plan to save on your bathroom renovation costs, and what features you plan to invest more in.
And as always, if you need a shower screen installation in Perth or new bathroom mirror (suitable for any budget) let’s chat. Give me a call (08 6555 8370) and I can give you my best recommendations for your space.