New bathroom fixtures can make up a big part of your redesign budget-especially if you’re replacing your shower and tub. But replacing your bathroom fixtures doesn’t have to cost a great deal. Whether you’re planning a big remodeling project or a few small changes, here are a few ways to save money on your fixtures.
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7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Bathroom Fixtures
Do you really need to replace that tub?
Replacing a shower or bathtub can be expensive. If you’re looking to save on your bathroom redesign project, ask yourself: can you live with the tub and shower you have now? If your tub is cracked, chipped, or stained, a refinishing job might be all it needs. If you’re looking for a spa bathroom on a budget, consider a new showerhead instead of a new shower. On the other hand, if you’re already neck-deep in a redesign job that involves ripping out walls and floors, putting in a brand-new tub may be cost-effective.
Choose a one-piece shower instead of a tiled shower.
If you want to replace your shower, a prefabricated unit may be your least expensive option. Tiling can cost a lot of money. And the reason for it isn’t the material-it’s the labor. A tiled shower stall must be hand-built by professional carpenters and expert tilers. And you can’t expect to take on tiling yourself to save money, unless you have the skills to ensure your tiling is waterproof.
Instead, look into a prefabricated shower stall. These typically include a shower pan and three walls made of acrylic or fiberglass. Some can be disassembled to fit through the door of your home. And they’re easy to install, so you may be able to save on labor.
Be informed about the work you need. Some fixture-replacement jobs are easier than others. For example, it might be expensive to install a new tub; but it shouldn’t cost a lot to replace the toilet. Do some research on the work you need before hiring a contractor. This will give you an idea about what should cost a lot in labor and what shouldn’t. If you have any doubts about the price your contractor is charging, get a second opinion.
Want an expensive item?
Compromise elsewhere. You may have your heart set on a whirlpool tub or a new steam shower-even though you’re on a budget. If this is the case, consider cutting costs elsewhere to afford it. If you want that whirlpool tub, for instance, maybe you should opt out of replacing your shower. Or maybe you can decide to keep your bathroom’s layout the same.
Redesigning your bathroom?
Buy the fixtures yourself. If you’re planning a redesign, become familiar with the cost of fixtures and faucets. Your contractor may want you to let him buy your fixtures because he can get a discount from the supplier. While it’s true that contractors can get discounts, some will mark up the price for their customers. Be familiar with the going rates for the fixtures you’re looking for, so you know whether your contractor is truly offering the best deal. It might be more economical for you to buy the fixtures yourself.
Look in unconventional places.
New fixtures can sometimes be found cheap at auctions, estate sales, and even secondhand stores. This can be a great option if you’re going for an antique look. You may need your fixtures restored if you buy them secondhand, but it can still cost less than buying new.
Don’t skimp on your faucets. It’s usually not a good idea to buy faucets on the cheap. Your faucets have moving parts, and they can experience quite a bit of wear and tear over the years. To make sure you won’t have to replace them after a few years, it’s best to buy them new.
Still can’t find good prices?
Look online. There are some great places to buy bathroom fixtures online. Online stores often have wider selections and lower prices than you’ll find in a conventional store, and you can shop around and compare prices without driving to different locations. Look for an online store that’s been in business for over a year, and you should be able to find what you’re looking for at a good price.
Redesigning your bathroom isn’t cheap. But your fixtures don’t need to break your budget. Know the going prices for what you need, be informed about the work you need done, and don’t be hesitant to look for the best deals on your own. This way, you should be able to get a bathroom you’ll love for a price you can afford.