The cost of remodeling can vary by the thousands of dollars and you can expect to pay between $8,000 and $15,000 to upgrade the fixtures in a full bath with top-of-the-line products.
Collect multiple bids from contractors. But always remember also that the cheapest isn’t always the best. You don’t want to end up with a contractor who will skimp on you when he/she is unable to keep to dateline and start cutting corners (be it on workmanship or materials) just to finish the job.
There are some ways of reducing the cost of remodeling. Mechanical work such as piping, wood work and electrical fixtures can be reused. A great contractor may even use materials they have from previous jobs, if it so fits into yours. There are a few things that you will need to psyche yourself on once you’ve jumped into the remodeling project. You have to be prepared to anticipate how much longer everything takes than you expect, how much work it takes, and how much everything costs (always allow for double for the total amount estimated).
Always get an impartial opinion or advice on your remodel from either a home inspector or a qualified engineer. A second or third opinion will help in giving you some ideas when making decisions for major repairs. Plan out your remodel carefully and account for the fact that it will take more time and cost than estimated.
Do It Yourself Costs
A do it yourself bathroom remodeling project within the $5,000 range could include new drywall, upgrade of all the bathroom fixtures and tiles for the shower (use porcelain ones and the cost goes up). It can also include upgraded shower enclosure and or / bathtub re-touching and new trims or wood-stain around your bathroom windows and bathroom doors. This does not include labor which is your own.
When hire professionals are brought in, expect to pay between $7,000 to $10,000 on one section of work. This is only for workmanship, you will be supplying the bathroom fixtures and bathroom tile (tiling labor is extra so add a couple more thousand). Electrical work will be extra as well. You can probably save on painting, as it can be DIY project for yourself. You will only need to take into account the cost of paint.
If your bathroom remodeling involves changing plumbing bathroom fixtures, this ranges between $1,000 and up if the job is more complicated (for example if you have to change and / or move the plumbing around)
Once you have your bathroom remodeling estimate ready, always remember to double up on cost, then take into account any extras such as decorating.