When remodeling any part of your home, there are usually anticipated and unexpected bathroom remodeling costs. Because remodeling can be such a complicated process, it is easy to overlook these costs unless you remodel parts of your home regularly. Today we are going through the expenses you should consider in advance of remodeling your bathroom.
Bathroom Remodeling Costs
When remodeling your bathroom or any other room in your home, it is important to be prepared to know what these common hidden bathroom remodeling costs there are.
- Waste Removal
- Hidden Vent Pipes
- Re-Running Water
- Bad Electrical Behind Walls
- Water Damage Under Tiles or Behind Drywall
- Change Up Original Drawings
Waste Removal, Permits, and Drawing
When remodeling people don’t think about waste removal until the last minute. While it won’t break the bank or your renovation budget having a dumpster or a bagster is a good idea. Especially since remodeling involves a lot of debris throughout the demolition process. The dumpster companies will help you select the right one for your project and budget. No matter which one you choose, dumpster or a bagster, make sure that it is included in your renovation budget.
While you may not need a project, it doesn’t hurt to check with your municipality to see what their codes are. Especially if you are planning on moving electric, walls, or water. It is a good idea to not skimp on this because problems may come up later on down the road if you plan on selling your home. If you live in an unincorporated area, you will have to get city permits as well as local permits. And ending up working with two municipalities.
If you are planning on moving walls during the remodeling process, it is important that you have engineering or architectural drawings done. This is to make sure that you can be structurally sound and do the project. The majority of kitchen or bath cabinet designers will do the drawings for you on simple projects. For complicated remodels an architect should be involved. Having the drawings done will help with resale down the road.
Vent Pipes, and Water Valves
When remodeling your bathroom be prepared to move vent pipes for the exhaust fan especially if you are upgrading it. The goes for the kitchen as well if you are upgrading the exhaust fan system. It is important to budget for this because it is often overlooked.
Over time old stops and valves can get corroded, and you may have to replace them. When replacing the tub in a bathroom the plumbing will need to be redone since you will be going from two water supplies down to one water supply valve. Especially if you are removing a large whirlpool tub and going to a large walk-in shower, with no tub, the water supply will need to be changed.
Bad Electric, and Water Damage
Often when the home was initially built there were different codes in place. Creating an extra job to be done with updating bad electric behind the wall so that they are up to code and you can live there safely. When remodeling it is common to see the wiring done wrong when opening up walls. This is because some people hire contractors that don’t follow code and cut corners so that the cost can be cut down. Because of that, the electrical wires need to be taken care of then and there.
Water damage often happens behind cabinets by a sink in the kitchen or behind dishwashers. The damage creates wood rot or mold issues in the floorboards. You will need to have the damaged areas fixed and removed immediately so that you can place down the new flooring and it won’t be placed over wet, rotten wood. In bathrooms, water damage can happen below tile because of poorly drained sinks or showers. You need to be prepared because this comes up often. While it isn’t a large increase in the budget, it can happen.
Changing Up Original Drawings
Making changes to the original drawings should be something that you avoid, if possible. Once selections have been made, and contracts have been signed with the installers. Changing the original plans, once they are in place, because it will delay your project, run up costs, and you may have to deal with local municipalities. And the remodeling contractor won’t be happy with the delays.
Lotz of Logic
Don’t be afraid to remodel your bathroom or kitchen. When planning your remodel to make sure that you plan your work, and work your plan. By planning out your bathroom or kitchen remodel ahead of time, you can consider any additional costs ahead of time. This is so that you can have little to no hiccups when starting to remodel your bathroom. Make sure that you have accounted for as much as possible, including money for anything that you can’t account for. Doing this will help you make sure that your budget will be as “crush-proof” as possible. And now is a great time to look into adding things to your shower.
Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on bathroom renovations, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Lombard, Carol Stream, Westmont, Willowbrook, Woodridge, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.