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4 Factors Affecting Bathroom Remodel Cost

Bathroom Remodeling
February 09, 20236 min read

1) Materials

2) Labor

3) Size and Layout

4) Location

If you are planning to remodel your bathroom, we bet, you're wondering how much its estimated cost would be. It could be higher depending on the scope of work which could range up to $90,000. For bathroom renovations, the cost could go significantly lower from $10,000 to $17,000. And even lower, if you do the renovations yourself. On average, a typical bathroom remodeling project costs about $22,000.

Knowing the factors affecting the cost will help you identify which areas to compromise for your budget. It will be beneficial in creating the budget for your remodeling project.

Here are the main factors that determine bathroom remodel costs:

1) Materials

You probably already have a design inspiration for your next remodeling project. This could be modern, edgy, Scandinavian, farm-style, or a design that caught your attention from browsing on Pinterest.

The fun part of a remodeling project is looking and shopping for the materials needed. There are a lot of options for you in terms of materials for your bathroom. You may find most of these from your local home depot or home improvement stores nearby. For hard-to-find materials and luxury additions, you can always look into online stores, specialty shops, or shops that cater to custom-made products.

Other homeowners even purchase and import materials from outside the country to achieve the desired look for their bathroom remodel. The choice is really yours, as long as it satisfies you and is within your budget.

It’ll be best if you make a checklist of the materials that you want to add or be replaced. These could be the following:

  • cabinets

  • sink

  • countertops

  • vanity

  • faucets

  • toilet

  • shower

  • tub

  • flooring

  • tile and grout

  • walls

  • doors

  • light fixtures

  • exhaust fan

  • shower fixtures

  • bathroom accessories, and

  • others.

You also have the option to choose from porcelain, cast iron, fiberglass, natural stone, wood, granite or any other type of material that you prefer.

You can search for the price of these materials from online shops or your trusted supplier. Then, you may create an estimate of the material cost for your bathroom remodeling project. We highly advise that you also look into the quality of the materials you purchase to get the best value.

2) Labor

Labor costs can account for about 30 - 60 percent of your budget. The cost for labor is proportional to the scope of work involved. These includes the following:

  • hallway closet demolition

  • shower demolition

  • cabinet demolition

  • toilet demolition

  • flooring tile demolition

  • cabinet relocation

  • exhaust fan relocation

  • drain and water relocation

  • electrical installation

  • waterproofing installation

  • baseboard installation

  • tile installation

  • fixture installation

  • repairing or replacing materials

  • building customized additions, and

  • others.

An on-site inspection of your property by a remodeling expert is highly advised to have a full and proper inspection of the scope of the work involved with your project. This will provide you with a more accurate cost estimate.

It is best to work with a contractor that has a complete team of experts and highly-skilled professionals from project managers, architects, engineers, builders, to remodeling specialists. You deserve a holistic approach and top-quality service for your remodeling project.

Another thing to look for at a contractor is the after-service and warranty that they provide.

3) Size and Layout

The size of your bathroom will have a significant impact on the cost of your remodeling project.

After searching for the price of materials, you have to scale it to the size of your bathroom. For your bathroom flooring, you’ll have to calculate your floor area and do some math to have an estimate of the cost using your preferred flooring materials. The same goes for the walls.

Small bathrooms require less material and therefore cost less to remodel. However, the materials may require many cuts and trims to fit your space. Unfortunately, the waste in material can increase the cost of your project. On the other hand, a master bathroom would cost higher to remodel than a small bathroom.

Altering your bathroom layout would also result in higher overall cost because it may involve changing your plumbing system too. Major electrical work may also be involved during the process. We advise you to consult with architects and engineers to get the optimal design and layout for your new bathroom.

Some contractors may give you an estimate based on your floor area per square foot. Most of the time, this results in a highly inaccurate estimate. As you already know, a lot of factors have to be considered to get an accurate estimate. It would really be better to have an on-site inspection. An inaccurate estimate could potentially hurt your budget and fail your expectations.

4) Location

The total cost of materials and labor for a bathroom remodel can vary by region. According to Angi, labor costs vary around 20% depending on your home’s location. The rate for skilled workers and professionals differs too with location.

Before starting your remodeling project, it is necessary that you secure the required permits. A simple renovation like repainting would not require a permit. But for remodeling projects which involve plumbing and electrical work, demolition, and construction, permits are required.

To find out what permits are needed in your area, go to this link by the Contractors State License Board to check with your local building department. Code requirements vary in different cities and counties around the state.

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Materials, labor, size and layout, and location are four contributing factors to the cost of a bathroom remodeling project. By now, you already have an idea on how to estimate your project cost and on which factors you can compromise to stay on budget.

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