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How to Save Money on a New Bathroom

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

We're here to tell you that there are ways to save money on your renovation. For example, if you're going with new tile or flooring, skip the demo. Instead of m

If you DIY wherever possible (like painting), then this little project might not even be very expensive at all. So sit back and relax as we walk through all of these great ideas for saving money while still getting what you want: a beautiful new bathroom!

Skip the demo

When it comes to bathroom remodels, one of the most expensive parts is tearing out the old tub, toilet and sink. But if you do it yourself, you can save a lot of money by tackling this part yourself.

The best way to save on a bathroom renovation is by doing some of the work yourself. While working on your own project will take more time than hiring someone else (and possibly risking damage), when you’re done with a big renovation project in your house, like painting or fixing up an old kitchen cabinet, there will be some residual savings that can help cover another renovation project later on down the line.

Don't move plumbing

You have to think of plumbing as a unit. Moving it means you're going to have to re-do the walls, floors and ceiling. You'll also have to rewire everything.

If you're going for a total overhaul of your bathroom, then moving the plumbing is fine—but if not, this can be an expensive and time-consuming mistake that adds hundreds or thousands of dollars onto your budget (if not more).

Keep it simple

  • Don't overdo it. It's tempting to get carried away with your bathroom remodel, and sometimes this can mean spending a lot of money on materials and fixtures that you don't necessarily need—especially if you're doing the work yourself. If you're not sure whether or not something will be worth the investment, it's always best to keep things simple and focus on what matters most.
  • Spend wisely on materials. While there are some ways to save money when buying new bathroom fixtures (such as looking for sales), there are also ways in which spending more will actually save you more money in the long run: particularly when it comes to the materials used in constructing your bathroom space! For example, using high-quality materials means that they'll last longer than cheap ones; but buying them now means having something nice for years down the road instead of needing another replacement sooner rather than later.* Save by decorating sparingly. You might think about adding some decorative touches like wallpaper or painting when redecorating an entire room like this one; but while these things look great they also come with hidden costs: namely time spent applying them properly so they don't peel off later (or worse).

Reuse what you have

  • If you have the luxury of keeping your old bathroom, reuse your tile. If it's in good shape and not cracked or chipped, there's no reason to replace it with new tile.
  • Reuse the toilet and sink if they're in good shape and don't need to be replaced. Even if they do need replacing, consider finding replacements that match the existing ones as closely as possible so that when you're done renovating, they look like they were always part of your bathroom.
  • You may be able to reuse some elements of your vanity if they're still functional. This is especially true if there are drawers under the sink—if those are still usable after removing all traces of grime and mildew from years of use (and neglect), then take advantage!
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DIY wherever possible

There's no shame in hiring a professional when the project calls for it. If you're not comfortable installing your own tile, find someone who can help out. Likewise, if you're not sure how to decide on bathroom fixtures and finishes or what materials to use for the flooring and walls, get expert advice from professionals in those areas.

It's worth noting that contractors can be expensive because they have overhead costs associated with their businesses; however, they also specialize in bathrooms so they may be able to save you money in other ways. For example, they may know of ways to reduce waste by using more efficient materials or techniques—or perhaps there are some new products available that will save time or money but still meet all of your goals for this project.

Doing a bathroom remodel yourself can save a lot of money.

A bathroom remodel can be a great way to save money, but it can also be an overwhelming project for someone who is unfamiliar with how to do home projects. It’s not as hard as you think, though! You just need to know where you should start and how much time and effort is involved.

Here are some tips for doing a bathroom remodel yourself:

  • Buy tools that will help make your job easier (a power drill and some screwdrivers).
  • Be sure that the contractor agrees with your timeline before work begins.
  • Ask other homeowners if they would recommend their contractor or remodeler before hiring one yourself.


The truth is, bathroom renovations can be pricey. But with a little planning and some smart decisions about how to use your money wisely, you’ll be able to save a lot of cash on your next remodel. From finding the right contractor for your project to DIYing as much as possible, there are many ways to make sure that your budget doesn't get busted over an unexpected expense or two along the way.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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