One annual report found that the average mid-range bathroom remodel costs just over $19,000. Move up to a higher-end bathroom remodel and the figure jumps to $61,000. These figures might help you in the early planning stages, but you should know that scope and materials will ultimately dictate price.
There are many variables in the bathroom remodel process. More than any other home renovation, a bathroom remodel can come with unexpected costs after it’s too late to turn back. With the right approach, you can limit these costs.
We say these are “unexpected costs,” but from a contractor’s perspective, they might actually be expected. Many of the same problems crop up for multiple clients. Still, planning for them can be challenging.
Some predictable problems that create unexpected costs include:
If the pre-existing issue is severe enough, fixing these problems can completely blow the bathroom remodel budget you had in mind. Getting through the tear-out phase with minimal surprises is critical for avoiding unexpected costs.
However, experts still say to set aside up to 20% of your budget just to fix unexpected issues.
As a homeowner, there’s not much you can do on your own to minimize unexpected costs. That’s why people tell you to go into the project expecting surprises.
Instead of searching for DIY solutions, focus on choosing the right contractor before diving into a bathroom remodel. Hire a bathroom remodeling contractor that has your best interests in mind and develops a comprehensive plan to limit surprises.
Even if you approach a contractor with specific inspiration in mind, there should be more to the process than an informal, short-form quote for the project. Contractors that go through a detailed inspection to create your bathroom remodel proposal will spot more underlying problems and save you from unexpected costs.
There’s only so much you can discover before the tear-out phase. However, it’s still best to have a contractor that eliminates as many surprises as possible.