Bathrooms are quite rightly a focal point in many homes when it comes to renovation. They are one of the most used rooms in the house so more people are making the time to design the right bathroom for their needs. Using a professional can be very expensive, but it is possible to do a lot of the work yourself. Of course you will need a few extra muscles and hands to help you out.
But a trap to look out for, that many people fall into when doing the work themselves, is going way over the budget. Take the time to plan and budget properly for your bathroom renovation and stick to it. Keep going back to the plan and budget and checking that you are on track and not heading for an overspend.
A well thought out plan is the biggest key to staying within your budget when fixing up your bathroom. Check your finances and see how much money you can afford to spend on your bathroom renovation before buying one thing.
It’s better to budget too high and end up with money left over than to plan a budget too low and end up spending more money than you could afford.
Measure the bathroom and see what you have to work with. You want to measure the area carefully and buy cabinetry, sinks, and tubs that fit into the space perfectly. There are many digital measuring devices now that will help you with measurements.
Start out with a list or rough drawing of what you’re expecting to do with your bathroom. Are you looking for a different shower, tub or sink? Where do you plan on putting them? As much as possible try to use existing plumbing to keep costs down. Add these to your drawing to give an overall idea of where everything will fit.
Decide on whether you want to paint, wallpaper or tile. It might be that your existing walls are fine and only need a few extra touch ups. It is always a good idea to have a backup plan in case something doesn’t work in your original plan. Consider less expensive alternatives for all your fixtures, fittings and wall coverings.
Take your list or drawing along with you to the home improvement store. Compare prices of the items you’re looking to get. Check them out thoroughly to find the one you want at the best price. You might want to shop around online a bit as well, particularly at some of the marketplaces where people sell of unused and unwanted home materials.
Being flexible throughout the whole process is a good idea. That way you can take advantage of any unexpected bargains or ideas that come your way. You may have an original plan and then spot something else you like better – like a pedestal sink that’s cheaper than the one you originally were thinking of getting. Jot down all of the prices of the items you need, but don’t buy just yet!
Take a few paint or wallpaper swatches home with you. Check to see how they would look in your bathroom. Paint color in the store can look very different at your home, depending on lighting, so take the sample cards and see if your color choices will work in your bathroom.
Take a look at your figures and see how they fit into your budget. Did the figures go over budget or did they stay within the limits you set? You’ll need some breathing room within your budget to account for any unexpected items you end up needing, and of course, figure in the taxes of the items you plan to buy.
Once the idea is in place and you’re satisfied with the approximate cost of your plans, it’s time to start buying the items. Try to get everything you need before you start your renovation project, so that you can eliminate the need to run back and forth to the store to buy the things you have forgotten.
If you budget and plan well before the renovation starts, you can enjoy your dream bathroom while basking in the fact that you were able to achieve it within your set budget.