A sleek, updated bathroom remodel adds instant value to your home. It also ranks high on most buyers’ wish lists, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2023 Cost vs. Value Report. But a quality remodel requires careful planning, budgeting and timing. There are countless decisions to be made, and costs can quickly spiral out of control without the right tools, know-how and materials. A remodeling contractor can help you stay within your budget and make wise choices.
The size and complexity of your project determines labor and material costs. It’s best to hire a licensed professional, especially for plumbing and electrical work. But even the pros make mistakes, which can add up fast. Build a 10 to 15 percent cushion into your project’s budget for potential problems.
Invest in durable, water-resistant materials. For example, glazed tile stands up better to moisture than unglazed. And a high-quality, vapor-resistant membrane under the tile will keep the subfloor dry and reduce maintenance.
Bathroom Remodeling Ideas to Elevate Your Home’s Comfort and Style
If your bathroom is on an exterior wall, consider radiant heat beneath the floor to warm the space. It’s less expensive than a full-room heating system and makes stepping out of the shower or tub an experience to be savored.
Install a water-efficient toilet and faucet, and be sure to use WaterSense-qualified fixtures. The trend toward tricked-out showers, often with his-and-her “shower towers” that might include multiple showerheads and body sprays, may require rerouting and upgrading the water lines to accommodate the additional pressure.