How to Save Money on Your Bathroom Remodel

If you've got an older home, or just one that hasn't been changed since you built it, one of the first places you should look to upgrade your house is in the master bathroom. No other place in the house allows you the freedom to design a space that is specifically just for you and your comfort; starting there will give you the energy to move to other rooms as necessary.

But a bathroom remodel can also be relatively expensive. Fortunately, you don't need to do a major overhaul in order to dramatically improve your home's value, and if you can save money in the process, that's even better.

Here are some of the best ways to save money on your remodeling plumbing services.

Leave the Plumbing As-Is

By far, the most expensive part of your bathroom remodel will be moving the pipes around. If you're relocating the toilet or adding an extra sink, be prepared to spend a little bit extra. Unless you really want to move pipes around, limit the amount of remodeling plumbing you plan on doing to your space.

Upgrade All the Plumbing

On the other hand, if your home is built before around 1950, you may have a plumbing system that needs to be replaced. Pipes in the mid-20th century were generally constructed out of copper or galvanized steel, which are heavier and harder to work with. Ultimately, they will most likely need to be replaced with either PVC or PEX pipes, so while you're in the middle of a bathroom project, you should definitely considering remodeling the plumbing as well. Failure to upgrade defective systems can lead to repair bills or even a full replacement later.

Do Everything At Once

Part of the cost of a remodel is scheduling the crews to come out there, set up the equipment, tear down walls and fixtures (if necessary), and get to work. If you are planning on remodeling the plumbing, do as many things as you can at one time: fixtures, new pipes, shower installs, etc. The fact that they're already on the premises and have the bathroom fully exposed saves plumbers a ton of time, which means less they have to charge you for labor and installation costs. If you can't do everything at the same time, consider doing as many of the "unseen" things as you can now, such as replacing the pipes, and do the fixtures and new toilets later.