Bathroom Renovation Costs: Get Estimates Before You Begin

If you’re planning to redo your bathroom, you’ll have to be prepared to shell out some cash. In fact, you can easily expect to spend thousands of dollars on the renovation process, depending on the size and needs of your bathroom. In this article, we’ll discuss what the bathroom renovation costs are in general and then break down each of the different elements of your renovation project so that you know how much you can expect to pay (and save!) when it comes time to hire a contractor and get started with your bathroom renovations.

What to expect from an estimate
Not all contractors and renovation companies are equal. A good estimate should be a detailed list of everything that will be included in your project. Although costs may vary based on materials, you should get an idea of what you can expect to pay for each service listed in your estimate. Some estimates may include line items for unexpected expenses that don't end up occurring; other may come with detailed explanations about why certain elements cost more than others or fall outside of an expected range. Whatever is included, your contractor or company should be able to clearly explain how they came up with their estimated price (including sales tax and labor) when providing you with an estimate of cost for bathroom renovation.

Getting Free Quotes
On any given project, you should get at least three cost estimates. The best way to do that is to get referrals from friends, or scour Yelp or Angie’s List for reviews of contractors. Contractors love customers who shop around and ask for quotes—it makes them look good if they win your business. If a contractor has asked you for money up front, don’t pay it—that’s a sign of a scammer. And always get everything in writing.