by Dan Fritschen
Update: Every homeowner wants a straight answer to the question “What is the average cost of remodeling a bathroom?”, and the fact is there is not one definite answer! There are a variety of factors to take into account, such as where you live, the specification of the design, who does the work and the materials. The cost will vary depending on the area of the country you are in, the quality of materials you choose, and exactly how much of the work you are prepared to do yourself, for free.
One of the most common questions I receive when speaking with homeowners is: “What is the average cost of remodeling a bathroom?” Most homeowners believe there should be a simple answers. I agree, and there is a simple answer: $8,000.
Will that be what your bathroom remodel costs? Maybe or maybe not, it all depends on the decisions you make and your situation.
Here are 4 variables that influence the cost of remodeling a bathroom, manage these and you can get your bathroom remodeled the way you want, for the price you want to pay.
1. Where you live. Labor and material costs vary significantly across the country. So when you read or hear an “Average Cost of Remodeling a Bathroom” consider where the work is being done.
2. The design. Much of the cost of a remodel is dependent on what the work is required. If it is just updating the fixtures, flooring, etc., this is much less expensive than if walls, plumbing and electrical are all being moved. How much is the difference? Well, it could be twice as much. Whether things are being moved just a few inches or a few yards, it can still cost a lot.
3. Who does the work. It is pretty obvious that you pay for every hour that someone works to remodel your bathroom. But each of those hours does not have the same cost. Often times demolition and clean up are the least expensive hours. Some of the most expensive are tiling, plumbing, electrical work, and managing the project. So if you want to do some of the work yourself and save some money, then consider the work that is expensive to pay for.
4. The materials. Bathrooms, and for that matter, kitchens, have some materials that are notoriously expensive. A faucet for a sink can be as little as $30 to more than $500. Light fixtures and venting fans also can range from under $100 to many, many hundreds of dollars. Sometimes times the quality of the more expensive items is better, but sometimes not. Appearance and performance can vary dramatically. So what you decide as far as which materials and fixtures to use in your bathroom makes a big difference on the cost to remodel your bathroom.