By giving your bathroom more appeal and making it more functional, you are poised to profit in a big way.
How much is a Bathroom Renovation?
A bathroom maybe one of the smallest rooms in a house, but it can be expensive to renovate it.
ServiceSeeking.com.au, an online tendering website, says the cost of basic bathroom renovations averages $5,800. The cost normally comprises dismantling the existing bathroom, waterproofing and installing fittings and fixtures, including electrical wirings.
You may also be presented with unexpected costs, such as moving plumbing or wiring, so be aware of this as well. To avoid spending more than you’ve planned, include another 10% to the initial quote.
Never Give Up
You should see the cost of your bathroom makeover balloon if you are determined to include all materials and fittings.
With all the bells and whistles, such as underfloor heating, expect the cost to hit upwards of $12,000.
A quote for a bathroom renovation often includes a provisional sum for bathroomware, but sourcing your own material can sometimes give you savings.
If you yourself does the buying (surfing eBay, and going to factory sites, joining auction sites, etc.), chances are high of you finding better quality products, second-hand or even factory samples for discounted prices. You will see your reward for all the legwork you’ve put in come inspection day.
You are more likely to impress a potential buyer with Kohler or Grohe tapware than with some no brand spout.
Go with the Right Renovator
Expect to pay an average of $57 per hour if you are hiring a bathroom renovator on a project-by-project basis (for example, to put in fixtures you’ve sourced yourself).
To save money, consider hiring a handyman for the job. You can save plenty of cash by paying an average of $46 per hour.
A handyman can be trusted to do small odd jobs, such as basic carpentry work and plumbing repairs, but major renovation work should be handled by licensed tradespeople. Doing your bathroom makeover the cheapest way may end up costing you more in the end, especially if you have to hire professionals to patch up the original job.
If you are planning to revamp your bathroom on a shoestring budget, forget about the fabulous design and décor ideas for the time being and concentrate on more practical ideas. That means only the basics and making sure that taps are not dripping and plumbing is not leaking.
A vital part of the bathroom is tiles.
Broken tiles should be repaired and repaired when needed. If your budget can’t accommodate a full tiling job (ServiceSeeking.com.au puts the cost of an average bathroom tiling job at $3,419*), a tile paint will do to give your bathroom a new look and fresh look. At the very least, make sure the grout is clean and mould-free.
Consider putting in a skylight to really boost the value of your house. You can turn a damp and dreary bathroom into a light-filled sanctuary at a cost of just around $500.