We’ve all heard the remodeling horror stories. I once heard a TV celebrity talk about “How I successfully remodeled my home for just under 3 times the original budget”.
So how do you do manage your bathroom remodel to a budget?
Take you time, shop for bargains, stage stuff in your garage as you accumulate it.
You can find great bargains on almost everything by shopping around and being opportunistic when opportunities arise.
Doing this will take a long time to accumulate all the materials you need. I’m talking here about visible materials. There are no great savings to be had on sheet rock, electrical wiring, pipe, etc, but there are for tubs, tile, vanities, sinks, faucets, light fixtures, etc.
Make a master list of what you need, and as you find great values, buy them and store them in your garage. Over time you will accumulate all the materials you need to get started, and wait until then before you start.
You can save thousands this one.
Working with your contractor
It is the nature of every remodel that your contractor will be working with existing whatever, and some of that whatever is hidden in the wall and under the flooring and is not known until the demo is done.
You may find wood rot, you may find plumbing where you intended to install a recessed shower shelf, you may find wiring where you intend to install a wall flush cabinet. You never know until to tear it open.
It’s critical to work out a protocol up front with your contractor, so these issues are brought to your attention immediately, and you and your contractor can figure out what makes sense?
- Reroute the plumbing (this is a change order and will add cost)?
- Relocate the recessed shower shelf?
The main idea here is time is money, so this decision needs to be assessed and decided upon quickly. Fortunately in this age of camera capable smart phones with email, it’s easy for you to receive a notice of the issues, with visual evidence of it, even when you can’t be home.
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