Remodeling your bathroom can be a great project that does not only change how your home looks but also adds value to it. However, remodeling a bathroom is not cheap, nor is it always easy. You have to carefully work within your budget so that you have plenty of money to cover the materials, any contractors you might need to hire, the extras you may end up buying, plus some emergency funds for anything that might go wrong. The overall cost of remodeling will depend on how much you decide to do. If you are just installing a new vanity and sink, it may be very affordable. If you’re enlarging the entire bathroom, moving the shower/tub, and putting in all new flooring, the cost will be significantly larger. Here are some of the things you might want to include in your bathroom remodeling and how much it might cost. •Changing your Sink/Vanity – This is a fairly inexpensive remodel. If you are looking for a fairly cheap vanity, you can find one for less than $100. More expensive, fancy models may be $300-$500 or more. Likewise, you may be able to find a pedestal sink for a fairly reasonable price. •Adding a New Countertop – Putting a new countertop on your vanity is also pretty easy and cheap. You might be able to put the new countertop on over the current one, which is very simple. On other vanities, you might have to actually remove the old linoleum first. That takes a little more work, but it’s still something you can easily do yourself. •Replacing your Toilet – Again, this can be done for $100 or so, and it’s not difficult to install your own toilet. •Changing A Bathtub into a Large Shower – This can be more difficult, but it’s not impossible. Removing a bathtub can be hard because it is heavy, but if you are fine with breaking it into pieces, it’s not as bad. You may need to seal off the pipes connected to the bathtub faucet, which may be difficult. You’ll also have to put down new tiles where the tub used to be and redo the walls in the shower. You may also need to add a new drain. The cost, however, may actually be cheaper than you think because you’re really only buying some new shower tiles. •Installing a Large Jacuzzi Tub – As this can be more difficult, you may actually have to expand your bathroom or move the plumbing around. You’ll most likely need to hire a professional plumber to do this. The cost depends on the size of the tub and how much remodeling needs to be done. It can cost $5,000 or more for a large, expensive Jacuzzi. • Adding a Walk-in Tub – Another bath and shower remodel involves replacing your bathtub with a walk-in tub. This is often necessary for those who have difficulty stepping up and over the side of the tub. It is similar to installing a Jacuzzi tub, but you usually do not have to move any of the plumbing. Walk-in tubs are fairly expensive, so be sure you have a good amount of money set aside for this project.
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