Bathroom Remodel Tips

Remodeling a bathroom is an excellent way to refresh your space and increase your home’s value at the same time. Remodeling a bathroom can be as simple as applying a new coat of paint or buying a new sink and fixtures. Or you can go big – start with a fresh slate and give the bathroom an entirely new look. Whatever updates you’re dreaming of, it will pay to plan ahead.

On average, remodeling a bathroom costs between $5,000 and $10,000. The more major the project, the more it will cost. One way to control costs is to prepare well in advance.


  • Set a list of priorities and expectations.
    • What is your big-picture goal?
    • When does the job need to be finished?
  • Set a budget.
    • How much do you want to do? New shower and more square footage? Or just a new sink and a coat of paint? Make these decisions now before you start remodeling. Don’t forget the details, like the knobs on the new cabinets and the light switch covers.
  • Choose a color palette or design style.
    • Stay consistent with color and material choices, and choose options that are cohesive with the design in the rest of the house.
  • Source your materials and permits.
    • Talk to manufacturers. Look into alternative eco-friendly, low-VOC or moisture-resistant materials.
    • Consider upgrades such as a bathroom fan, electric heater or radiant-heated floors.
    • Try to purchase as much as possible before you begin.
  • Plan logistics.
    • Find out if you’ll need to plumb the toilet or shower or if you can you use existing pipes.
    • Check shipping periods to make sure you can get all the materials in time.
    • Line up a contractor or, if you’re doing the work yourself, clear your schedule.
    • Will the remodel require enough tear-out that you’ll need to seal off other rooms from dust or noise?
  • Anticipate obstacles.
    • Will the subfloor need to be replaced?
    • Will the new tub fit through the door?
    • Can the existing wiring be used?
    • Will the inspection officer be available during the remodel process?
  • Create a timeline.
    • Make a list that follows a logical timeline: Don’t repaint before caulking, and don’t finish the tile floor before installing the shower.
  • Get creative.
    • Think outside the box for a unique look: shiplap walls, board and batten, beadboard or tiles.
    • Look for unique lights and furniture at thrift stores.
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