How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

By: Kealia Reynolds

The average cost to remodel a bathroom in the United States is between $5,900 and $14,000, with the national average hovering around $9,600. Depending on the size of your bathroom and the type of renovation, your actual cost will vary.

Though the price tag for bathroom renovation can be scary, updating your bathroom can improve energy efficiency and increase the resale value of your home. The 2017 cost vs. value report indicates that homeowners can recoup as much as 70% of the price of a bathroom remodel in a sale.

This article will provide you tips on the cost of specific bathroom renovations and ways to distinguish between DIY projects and tasks that require professional help. We’ll also provide information on how to save money on each component of your bathroom remodel.

Bathroom remodeling phases

When thinking about your budget for remodeling, keep in mind these four general phases: planning, ordering materials, demolition, and installation. Breaking the process into these four stages will help you understand the full scope of the bathroom remodel and budget for the project.

Phase 1: planning

Planning your bathroom is the first step in defining the full scope of your project. In this phase, you will brainstorm potential renovation ideas, determine what you can do on your own, and estimate how much each renovation will cost.

Phase 2: ordering materials

When ordering materials, identify who’s responsible for ordering each kind of material. Typically, professionals can get discounts from wholesale stores and help you order specific, custom-cut materials at the right quantity. If you’re ordering materials yourself, contact different home improvement stores to obtain the best price and ensure you’re ordering the right size and quantity to avoid encountering delays in your renovation process.

Phase 3: demolition

During this stage of the process, the cost to remove appliances will vary depending on whether a professional does the removal or you undertake the project. Contractors will typically charge fees for removing appliances or gutting your bathroom. By doing most of the removal work yourself, you can cut costs down and allocate more money to installation.

Phase 4: installation

If you’ve chosen to hire a contractor, you’ll be responsible for installation fees in this final phase of the project. Most professionals will charge a separate installation fee in addition to the actual cost of the materials they’ll be installing.

Cost of remodeling a bathroom by element

Now that you have an estimate of how much a bathroom remodel will cost and the potential scope of your project, here’s an overview of different elements within a bathroom, the average cost of remodeling these areas, whether you should do it yourself or call in a professional, and tips on how you can save money.

Note that the average cost of each remodel element includes the product fees and any installation fees.

Bathtub

1. Average cost

Replacing your bathtub will run you approximately $1,000–$5,100, with most homeowners spending around $3,000. The cost of the tub itself ranges from $200 to $9,000. Low-cost tubs, like acrylic or fiberglass tubs, cost between $200 and $900. For a higher-end tub, like a cultured marble tub, expect to pay between $1,500 and $2,200.

2. DIY or pro?

While bathtub installation might seem like a job only for the pros , installation is generally an easy process. You can always outsource the installation process, which will cost around $3,000, depending on the type of tub you’re installing.

3. How to save money

Use the existing plumbing instead of trying to relocate the tub. It costs around $5,000 each time you move plumbing fixtures. Additionally, instead of installing a $3,500 spa tub, consider choosing a basic soaker tub—they’re usually a couple thousand dollars cheaper.

Shower

1. Average cost

Replacing your shower will cost $1,100–$5,400, with most homeowners spending around $3,300. The shower itself costs around $200 for a basic model.

2. DIY or pro?

Remodeling a shower can be a little more complicated than installing a bathtub. A professional will be able to take accurate measurements of the space, customize your shower, and install it properly. Most DIY shower remodels cost about $250, while a professional makeover will be around $4,000. If you’re just replacing the shower head, you can succeed in doing the job yourself.

3. How to save money

Replace the shower head instead of replacing the whole shower. You can install a rain or massage shower head in five minutes and give your shower a spa-like feel.

Sink

1. Average cost

A new bathroom sink will cost about $200–$600, with most homeowners spending around $400. The average price of the sink itself depends on the type and design, and can range from $100 on the low end to $1,300 on the high end. Installation fees typically total around $200.

2. DIY or pro?

Getting rid of a sink is harder than you might think because of its bulkiness. Consider hiring an experienced contractor or plumber to remove the sink and install a new one.

3. How to save money

Instead of installing a completely new sink fixture, shop around for a vintage vanity at flea markets or antique shows. Cut a hole in the vanity and either put a sink in or on top of it.

Toilet

1. Average cost

A new toilet will cost you $200–$500, with most homeowners spending around $400. The average price of a toilet itself can range from $120 on the low end to $850 on the high end.

2. DIY or pro?

While some people choose to remove a toilet on their own, professionals are typically brought in to make sure the job is up to code and the new toilet is installed properly. Even though you might have to pay a little more for a pro to install your toilet, you’ll save several hours of manual labor.

3. How to save money

Consider replacing the toilet seat and lid instead of the whole structure—you’ll save on plumbing installation fees.

Countertops

1. Average cost

The average cost to replace bathroom countertops is $1,900–$5,000, with most homeowners spending around $2,900. Prices will vary based on the style, materials, and size.

2. DIY or pro?

Countertops can be removed without professional help. However, make sure you have the right measurements before installing a new counter. If the process seems too complicated, call a contractor to help with measurements and installation.

3. How to save money

Go for a granite countertop instead of a marble one—it produces a similar aesthetic appeal and can save you lots of money.

Flooring

1. Average cost

The average cost to reno your bathroom floor is $1,500–$4,400, with most homeowners spending around $3,000. Pricing will vary depending on the material used and size of the area being covered.

2. DIY or pro?

You can either follow these DIY steps to install new flooring or rely on a professional to make sure your floor design and style is exactly what you want.

3. How to save money

If you have a tile floor, think about re-grouting instead of ripping up the whole floor. If you’re set on installing new flooring, think about choosing less expensive options like vinyl or linoleum floors.

Tiling/walls

1. Average cost

Bathroom tiling usually costs around $5 per square foot, with prices ranging anywhere from $1–$55 per square foot. Pricing will differ depending on the type and size of tile as well as the size of the area you’ll be tiling.

2. DIY or pro?

There are some occasions where walls might have to be replaced to support the addition of vents, ducts, or wiring. If this is the case, call in a professional to sister, or repair, the walls and make them more functional. While most people hire a contractor to tile walls, this can be a DIY task if you have the patience and time.

3. How to save money

Although tiling is a significant focal point in bathrooms, you can save money by targeting specific areas, like a wall in your shower, instead of the whole room. There are also other alternatives to tile, like paint or reclaimed wood, that are less expensive to incorporate.

Cabinets

1. Average cost

New bathroom cabinets cost about $1,900–$7,900with most homeowners spending around $4,900. Pricing will vary based on the style, size, and quantity of cabinets you want to install.

2. DIY or pro?

Updating cabinet knobs or smaller features is a DIY job. However, if you’re considering replacing the whole cabinet, consider calling in a professional to properly install and secure the structure.

3. How to save money

Update cabinets by swapping out knobs and shelves. Additionally, open shelves are less expensive than cabinets and can make the room seem more spacious.

Lighting

1. Average cost

New bathroom lighting typically costs $100–$800, with most homeowners spending around $500. Pricing will depend on the type of light fixture and the number of lights you want to install.

2. DIY or pro?

If your project is small, updating lighting is an easy DIY fix. However, bigger electrical projects can be dangerous for a homeowner to attempt, so it’s a good idea to call in a licensed electrician. If you hire a professional, they’ll probably add additional installation fees, separate from the cost of the actual fixtures.

3. How to save money

Shop at lighting and home improvement stores for less expensive lighting fixtures or install the lights yourself, rather than hiring a professional.


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