Where Your Money Goes in a Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom remodel is one of the most popular home remodeling projects for a homeowner to undertake. Multiple factors are involved that can cause renovation costs to fluctuate from $5,000 -10,000 on the low end, up to $50,000 or more for a full luxury master bath remodel. As you plan your budget, take a look at this basic cost breakdown to get an idea of where your money will be going.

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Minor bathroom remodeling in Brookfield, WI, can be very affordable. If, however, more extensive renovations are planned, labor costs can quickly rise. On average, 60-70% of bathroom remodeling costs are labor and associated expenses, with only 30-40% covering finished bathroom products like the sink, bathtub, and flooring. Keep in mind your goals for the project to keep costs in check. If you’re planning on moving in a few years, a “refresh” instead of a complete overhaul of your bathroom is more appropriate.

Plumbing Relocation

One of the biggest factors that will determine labor costs for a bathroom remodel is whether or not the project will require relocation of plumbing, which entails a considerable cost increase in labor and expenses. Due to the high moisture content in bathrooms, it’s possible that unexpected problems such as mold, rot, or outdated plumbing or wiring can pop up when you tear things out. These issues will have to be remediated before proceeding. When determining your budget, plan some wiggle room and consult with an experienced contractor who will help you know what to expect.

Tile Installation

The other component that tends to increase labor costs is the choice of tile for bathroom flooring, backsplashes, and tub and shower surrounds. Tile installation is time-consuming and laborious. While smaller tiles tend to be less expensive, they also take longer to install which means more labor charges. Customized inserts will also increase expenses, as the cost to cut them can range from $12-$40 for each insert.

Callen, the leader in bathroom remodeling in Waukesha, WI, has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you plan the perfect bathroom remodel. Just give us a call today at 414-765-2585 for a free consultation!

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