Renovating a space or two in your home like kitchen or bathroom is not a cheap project. Even if you opt for the cheapest fixtures you can find in big box stores, the cost will still add up really fast. So if you need to do a bathroom renovation, here are some things that you could consider to help maximize your budget and get the most value out of your dollar:
Chrome finish in faucets, shower systems and even bathroom accessories would be the most cost-effective option than specialty finishes like Brushed Nickel, Stainless Steel or current trends like Brushed Gold and Matte Black. By choosing Chrome, you will still get the look and style of the faucet without the fancy price tag that comes with other color options.
*TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PACKAGE/BUNDLE DISCOUNTS*
Most bathroom stores and faucet manufacturers offer discounts if you buy a set like a shower kit would be cheaper when bought as a kit than if you’re going to piece it all together. Same with faucet and sink or tub and tub filler packages. Don’t be afraid to ask your sales associate if they offer a bundle discount.
*WATCH FOR PROMOTIONS AND SALES*
Stores in general usually advertise for different sales and promotions on a regular basis. Make sure to check your favorite store regularly and see what they have on special by either visiting their showroom, website or even social media accounts. Knowing what you need and want will definitely help make this task easier.
*LOOK FOR FREIGHT-FREE OPTIONS*
Some stores might charge freight for some brands of products and this is because they will have to come from either out of town or sometimes even out of the country. to save some money, ask for products that won’t require you to pay for freight or find a store that will take care of this for you and will not pass the bill on to customers.
*ORDER EARLY AND BE AWARE OF TIMELINES*
Another one of the most common mistakes when it comes to doing a renovation is waiting for the last minute before ordering the products. Aside from the stress caused by constant worries about products not arriving on time, it could also cost you more money for labor if you have to reschedule install and have contractors and plumbers come back and finish the job another day. Rush shipping is sometimes available but there will also be additional cost for this.
*HIRE GOOD CONTRACTOR/DESIGNER*
If there’s anyone who knows the ins and outs of bathroom and kitchen renovation, it will be the contractors, designers , architects and home builders. Hire someone who is reputable and can be trusted to help you make your space, preference and budget all work together.
*BUY QUALITY PRODUCTS*
This is one of the biggest mistakes most people do when shopping for bathroom renovation fixtures and products because they think quality products are expensive. While it is true that they will cost a bit more, the peace of mind that you get makes it all worth it. A little savings on cheap substandard products will not even compare to the cost of damage repairs and rebuild/redos (materials and labor charges) and the time and hassle that it will cause in just a few months/years.
*ADJUST IF POSSIBLE*
Some products like tubs, shower bases, doors, and bathroom vanities are usually done in standard sizes so if you could adjust and make these standard sizes work, this will save you a lot of money than having to do custom sizes.
*BE OPEN TO OPTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES*
It’s so easy to be set on a particular brand or style of product but keep in mind that different brands make almost the same style so keep an open mind and ask for alternatives without compromising the quality if you feel like the product you liked is a bit more than what you’re willing or can afford to spend.
*SET A BUDGET*
This actually helps a lot not just your sales associate but also yourself in choosing products if you already know how much you can spend on bathroom renovation products. It would also help to do some research to get some ideas on styles and pricing. Your contractor, designer and chosen bathroom store will also be able to help in this.
If you are ready to start your own renovation project and need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help you achieve your dream space.
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