Bathroom Remodel: Running Down All of the Possible Expenses

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Pricing a bathroom remodeling job can be extremely difficult without seeing the job first hand because so many factors are involved.  However, if you want to know which factors can affect the over pricing, I created a simple checklist of things a contractor is going to look at when pricing a bathroom remodel.

Permits and Testing

Remember, there are a number of permits and tests that need to be considered during your bathroom remodel. These permits include the following and can cost anywhere from $100 to more than a few hundred, depending on where you live.

  • - A permit for any new electrical work.
  • - Any plumbing permits if any plumbing needs to be added or rerouted.
  • - Asbestos testing if the contractor thinks it exists.
  • - Lead testing if your paint was prior to 1978.

If demolishing anything, you need to factor in the following:

  • - Contractor bags to pack the debris.
  • - A dumpster in case you need to dump the debris.
  • - A disposal fee as required if you dump the debris.

If you have grounds for an abatement claim, you will require:

  • - The surcharges that are required for lead abatement.
  • - Asbestos abatement may also be possible in situations where it applies.
Bathroom Remodel Unexpected Expenses

When doing a bathroom remodel job, there are also costs that will always be unplanned for. These expenses may include:

  • - Obsolete plumbing that requires replacement.
  • - Electrical wiring may be installed incorrectly and/or need to be replaced.
  • - At times, there may be a wood rot, which means purchasing new wood for replacement.
  • - Infestations by any insects or bugs. This might require extra costs for pest control.
  • - Mold may have grown hence requiring removal.
Framing and Prep

While completing a bathroom remodel, you will also need to factor in the following:

  • - New wooden frames if framing a new portion of the room or even replacing.
  • - A door, if it is among the parts that will require replacement.
  • - A window as well, if it requires replacement.
  • - Insulation for both heat and sound.
  • - Barriers for moisture in the air.
  • - Sealants that ensure energy efficiency in the bathroom.
  • - A concrete board to be placed underneath the tiles.
Plumbing Work

If the bathroom requires an efficient and durable plumbing job. There are several things that will be required to make this possible.

  • - A plumbing permit, as mentioned above. This is to ensure that the plumbing job is done out according to regulations.
  • - Pipes for replacement, if required.
  • - The hourly rate for the plumber, which is about $50 to $150 per hour, depending on where you live.

It is advised to have a licensed plumbing contractor for a plumbing job because he or she will advise you how to perform the plumbing work in an affordable and durable way that will ensure that your bathroom survives for years to come.

Electrical Work

Electrical work will be an important part of the house, including the bathroom. There are a number of things that should be taken into account while doing anything electrical related:

  • - Electrical contractors are advised as they give you a final cost before starting the work. This way, you know what budget you are working with, and you are assured of a quality job.
  •  - The spot on which the bulb will be placed on the ceiling.
  • - The lighting method that will be employed around the sink.
  • - The lighting above the tub and in the shower.
  • - The location of the electrical switches and outlets.
Bathroom Fixtures

Bathroom fixtures are at the heart of the bathroom, and the design and colors picked are tantamount to the final look of the bathroom. This can include the following:

  • - The toilet, its innards, and the toilet seat.
  • - The toilet paper holder.
  • - The design of the faucet.
  • - The hardware design for the new vanity, if it is required.
  • - Does it need to be repainted or replaced? If replacing the vanity, find one that’s easy to install and stylish from DECOLAV.
  • - The medicine cabinet.
  • - The tub design and size.
  • - The shower pan and faucet set.
  • - The shower head (handheld).
  • - Soap dish in the tub and shower.
  • - Grab bars by the toilet, tub, and shower.
  • - Grab bars for towels and wash clothes.
  • - Either a shower curtain or a shower door.
  • - A robe hook.
Tiles and Finishing

After completing the bathroom fixtures, finishes and tiles have to be picked to complement the fixtures. This can include:

  • - Tiling for the floor, walls, toothbrush holder, and soap dish holder.
  • - Grout for the tiles that are to be used, including the shower pan tile.
  • - For the edges of the tiles, caulk will be required.
  • - Mortar for the floor tiles and sealer for all the tiles.
  • - Marble thresholds to be used for the shower pan and the bathroom door if necessary.
  • - A new cover for the air conditioning vent might be required.
  • - Wood trim for windows and doors
  • - Primer for drywall and wood trim.

After installing all the necessary requirements in your bathroom, there are extra installations that you may do for an improved appearance. This can include the following:

  • - For the walls, you may re-paint the walls and/or trim, or if preferred, you may re-wallpaper.
  • - A shower curtain and its rings or a shower door if preferred.
  • - The towel and rugs may have to be replaced to match the new decor.
  • - Don't forget, shelves can be installed as well as artwork.

As you can see, there’s a lot that can go into a bathroom remodeling job, affecting the price quite a bit.  Since every job will be unique, there can be even more things you have to budget for that I may not have included in the points mentioned above.

For now, this should hopefully give an “idea” of the amount of work that needs to be done, along with a rough estimate of what it may cost you.