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Update: With the economic downturn, many people are choosing to invest in their homes rather than move house. Homeowners are also looking for ways to save on remodeling without compromising on quality, as a remodel with longevity adds value to your home. With such a range of websites where you can grab a bargain such as eBay or Craigslist, as well as local listings sites where you can find the best quotes from contractors, there are a number of ways you can be more savvy when it comes to cost-cutting during your bathroom remodel.

Bathroom remodels offer a high return on investment and add value to a home; however, bathroom remodels can be expensive and replacing the plumbing, bathtubs, flooring, sink, and cabinets can cost a lot of money. With so much money at stake it is important for you try and keep the costs of a bathroom remodel within your planned budget.

First make sure that they know what you want out of your remodel so that you get it right in the first attempt. This helps to save both time and money. Planning for a bathroom remodel also requires that you or your contractor are aware of the building requirements and common bathroom codes so that there are no changes to be made afterwards.

One way to save while remodeling a bathroom is to get in touch with the right contractor who can obtain appropriate fixtures at the best prices. All the same, if you are confident of purchasing the fixture on your own, you should do so, this helps in saving costs because as a homeowner you have flexibility on the design and style of the products you are purchasing as well as when you buy them. These two advantages can save you a lot of money during a remodel.

Homeowners can also save money by doing some jobs themselves that do not require a high level of skill, such as demolition. Contractors frequently do not mind letting the homeowners do some work themselves as it allows them to take on other work that pays more and you can benefit by saving on labor cost. In fact, with a little practice homeowners can install tiling, do painting and other portions of a bathroom remodel.

In order to save in a systematic manner while remodeling the bathroom, it is important to work according to budget otherwise the costs can add up quickly. To help you build a budget that will work for you considering using a template such as the one found at

Vinyl flooring is a cost effective alternative to ceramic tile and hardwood floors, which typically costs many time more than vinyl flooring. There are several inexpensive bathtub models available for a few hundred dollars. The cost of showers start at around $300 and can go up to a few thousand dollars. Small toilets can help to save space but are usually more expensive than traditional toilets that cost less than $200. One-piece fiberglass bathtub enclosures and three-piece fiberglass wall panels are easier to install and less expensive than ceramic tile. They also have the advantage of not having grout that requires sealing and cleaning.