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Bathrooms follow only kitchens in terms of how often they get remodeled. Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into a room you visit multiple times a day or just make the home look nice before going on market, you want the bathroom to look, feel, and work wonderfully once the remodel is done.

Having said that, you might be expecting a four- or even five-digit price tag for the project.

Fortunately, that doesn’t have to happen. Keep reading to learn 7 cost-effective ideas for bathroom remodeling.

1) Paint parts of your interior on your own:

You might use a professional painter if you are getting the whole home painted, but a single bathroom has a lot of wall space already taken up by the tub, tile, shower, and tiles. That only leaves a little that needs to be painted, and you can DIY in as little as a weekend.

2) Update the grout and caulk:

This part of bathrooms is often overlooked even though it’s the source of the most visual distress in a bathroom. It’s hard for the eyes to sometimes focus on grime when it’s so prevalent and widespread. Just cleaning it up and adding clean and straight caulk lines can be far cheaper than other alternatives.

3) Get the tub refinished instead of replaced:

If your fixture only has cosmetic issues, then refinishing it can take care of nicks, cracks, and yellowed surfaces. Don’t fall for shower or bathtub liners you see in infomercials. Their price is higher, nor do they look as good.

4) Get something used:

The big-ticket items in your bathroom remodel are likely to be showers, toilets, and fixtures. Save money on them by getting used items. Craigslist and eBay are going to have listings and auctions for second-hand items that still have service life left to them. If your community has a Habitat for Humanity ReStore location, check it out for tubs, toilets, sinks, and even doors. Etsy is also a good place to check for artists that can upcycle otherwise disposable materials into artistic bathroom decor and pieces.

5) Install prefab pieces:

Rather than have a custom shower put in, buy a prefab to save the money. The same goes for cabinets and vanities, which you can buy at your local home improvement store.

6) Go easy on the tile:

Tile adds up fast. The materials themselves are one cost, and hiring a contractor to do the actual work can punch your wallet or checkbook again. Minimizing the square footage of tile lets you focus on other areas. If you do find a tile that you just adore but isn’t cheap, consider making it an accent tile paired up with something cheaper. A good layout will let the accent tile really stand out.

7) Leave the primary plumbing intact:

Moving the major plumbing connections has to almost always be done by a professional, and it’s expensive by itself, but also might have a domino or ripple effect across the rest of the room. Having said that, minor plumbing you might be able to do yourself, including replacing your toilet. You can buy one locally and then install it following YouTube how-to videos on your smartphone or tablet.

Having read this article, you now know 7 ideas for remodeling a bathroom on a budget. Consider each of them to judge whether they might be applicable to your home. Even on a tight budget, just applying a handful of these ideas can completely revamp the look and feel of a bathroom in your home.

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