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Remodeling a bathroom does not have to be as expensive many homeowners may think. For many people, the idea of remodeling a bathroom brings to mind images of gut jobs costing thousands of dollars; however, it is possible make dramatic changes to a bathroom without spending a lot of money. Bathrooms are usually not very large, which means that even small changes can have a major effect on their look and feel. Below are a few bathroom makeover tips that can help homeowners to transform their space on a small budget:
Hire a Professional
While there are some home improvement projects that an experienced DIYer may be able to handle successfully, others do require professional expertise. Taking on a major bathroom remodel without the help of professionals may seem like the cheaper way to go in the short term, but may turn out to be far more expensive in the long run. For example, consider the fact that small tub or toilet leaks can cause serious damage that may go unnoticed until discovered during a remodel. When this happens, it is important to repair the damage immediately. Repairs will have to be performed before continuing with the rest of the project.
Cut Down on the Use of Tile
Tile can be expensive. To cut down on the cost, homeowners can tile only the high-impact areas and ask their contractor to use paint everywhere else. Other options include looking for clearance lots at their local tile shop and going with cheaper white tile instead of more expensive artistic tiles. If they absolutely have to use artistic tiles, they can use it to accent their cheaper tile. When used as an accent, the more expensive tile will stand out more while taking less out of the budget.
A good paint job can help a bathroom to feel larger and brighter. Homeowners should note that while painting a bathroom may seem like a simple DIY project, it is a good idea to hire a professional. Aside from the painstaking and time-consuming work of painting around fixtures, it is important to choose the right type of paint. It will be necessary to use paint that can handle a humid environment and regular temperature changes.
New fixtures can make a big difference. Homeowners should consider updating their light fixtures, towel racks and drawer pulls. These require relatively little money and are easy to install. When it comes to major fixtures like bathtubs and sinks, they can save money by having a professional reglaze them instead of replacing them. Reglazing can cost less than half of what a new tub and sink would cost.
Choose Used Instead of New
For a cheap bathroom remodel, homeowners should shop for less expensive used items instead of buying new. They can search for used showers, toilets and other fixtures on eBay and Craigslist or they can check out the inventory at local thrift stores.