We all know that remodeling your bathroom can be a costly endeavor. Obviously no one wants to waste money, but smart homeowners want to get the most value for the money they are investing. The best way to do this is to avoid unnecessary costs.
In all likelihood, a bathroom remodel will be an expensive undertaking. Whether you are remodeling to increase the value or the functionality of your home in either case you’ll want to cut costs any way that you can. One of the best ways to save money is to avoid mistakes and not to waste it on mistakes.
In our experience, the most costly bathroom remodeling mistakes fit into 3 categories:
1. Undefined or Unrealistic Budgets
You might be surprised how many homeowners fail to set a budget, or when they do set a budget it is unrealistic to put it nicely. When you are trying to get the most value for your investment the last thing you want to do is have a budget that is too high to being with.
When setting the budget for any remodeling project you have to be honest with yourself. You know what you can afford and what you cannot. If you set a budget that is too high and funds start to get tight you will have to cut corners and the end result will not be what you wanted. It is always better to set a realistic budget to begin with, then if there are a few dollars left over and you want to add a feature or two you can do so without worrying about affording.
Bathroom Remodeling Multnomah County Costs
Knowing the bathroom remodeling Portland costs is recommended before starting a bathroom remodeling project. While looking at national averages can give a general idea, such numbers usually do not include factors which may affect the final price, such as local labor hourly rates, material costs and any local permits required for the Portland bathroom remodeling project.
As our numbers show in 2017 average cost that homeowners paid for bathroom remodel in Multnomah county is between $3,622.00 and $17,620.00.
2. Poor Material Choices
Just because you buy the most expensive materials possible doesn’t mean you have chosen the best materials for your bathroom. This is something that you should take some time with to consider the pros and cons of your choices. While the design and aesthetic are important, you should also consider durability and cleaning requirements.
Don’t buy before you plan
You should never purchase your materials before you have had time to plan your bathroom remodel or any remodel for that matter. If you haven’t taken measurements how do you know if that beautiful new sink will fit? We all know how tempting sales can be, and sometimes you can find really good deals. However, if it turns out you can’t use whatever materials you bought for some reason then it winds up costing you money instead of saving.
3. Cutting corners at the end of the project
This is a problem that is caused by mistake #1, not setting a realistic budget. Your bathroom remodel starts off fine, but at the end you realize you are running out of money and you want to try to cut corners. Unfortunately, cutting corners tends to create more problems rather than solve them. It may not cost you immediately, but in the long term you will pay back any money you saved and pay more in costly problems down the road. As much as you may want you new bathroom right now, it is always wise to wait until you are sure you can afford it.
If you want to guarantee the success of your bathroom renovation project then you should take the necessary time to plan your project. Proper planning can help you to avoid the costly mistakes listed above and save you money. You should never have to compromise on quality to get the bathroom you’ll be proud of for years to come.
If you would like expert advice on bathroom remodeling, call Steve’s Home Improvement today at (503) 342-8234.