Bathroom Remodel Cost Estimator
Remodeling a bathroom is a big project and the price can very depending on many factors. We have provided you with a numerous amount of resources to get the best and most accurate estimate.
Bathroom Remodel Cost
When it comes to bathroom remodeling cost, there are several factors that play a part in how much a bathroom remodel costs.
To make it easier for you, RemodelingServices has created a remodeling cost calculator to estimate the price of your next renovation project. Our estimate calculator includes what the average cost of your bathroom renovation will cost, including removal of old bathroom fixtures, installation of new drywall, tile flooring, and tile inside the shower/tub area (although this is not always a part of bathroom renovation, we’ve included it in our bathroom remodeling cost calculations). It is important to remember, we did not include the cost of plumbing or electrical services in the bathroom remodeling cost calculations.
To make your bathroom remodel cost estimate as accurate as possible, we’ve added 3 different quality levels. Depending on what type of fixtures and materials you’re planning to use, choose from “Basic” (for apartments and/or rental properties), “Mid Range” (suitable for the majority of homes), or “Luxury” (if you’re planning on using high-end bathroom fixtures, etc).
Another point to consider, if that the total average cost for bathroom remodel projects can vary significantly depending on the area you live in. For example, the local cost of a bathroom remodel runs an average of 18% below the national average for East South Central regions of the U.S., and up to 20% above the national average for Pacific regions.
What is the Average Bathroom Remodeling Cost?
In 2018, homeowners report spending $9,500-$18,000 to completely renovate their standard size bathroom. The standard bathroom size for homes across the U.S. is 8’x10’.
As previously stated, remodeling costs vary depending on where you live. Although the cost of materials is roughly the same across all states, labor rates go up and down by 20-30% in price across the country.
An example of remodeling price fluctuation – In the state of California, residents reported the highest overall bathroom remodeling costs, with an average of $17,000-$25,000 was spent remodeling a medium sized bathroom. Remodeling prices were especially high in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., are all areas in the Northeast that reported similar costs as those reported in California. However, Southeastern states reported the lowest bathroom renovation prices, ranging from $7,000 to $11,000 for the same size bathroom.
Cost to Remodel Small Bathroom
For basic bathroom updates, using mid-range quality materials and fixtures, cost a national average of $7,000-$10,500 per remodel. If you can do some of the work yourself, or just want to make some cosmetic updates such as new paint, new vanities, faucet, toilet, or new bathroom fixtures, you can spend as little as $2,000-$3,500.
Cost for Shower Installation or Bathtub Replacement
Generally speaking, the cost for shower replacement starts at $2,300, but can end up costing upwards of $15,000. The total cost will entirely depend on the vision you have in mind – such as which fixtures, tiles, shower insert, or bathtub you want inside the newly renovated space. Of course, as mentioned before, the area you live in will also play a factor, as labor costs vary from state to state.
In regards to tearing out a bathtub and replacing it with a new shower enclosure, you can expect a price of around $2,000-3,500. For those who are looking to go all out in terms of luxury, the cost to install a steam shower is about $2,600, and goes up from there. For all the bells and whistles, adding a custom shower enclosure, aromatherapy pump, and mood lighting can end up running you $5,000 to $8,000.
Entirely New Bathroom Layout Changes
In some cases, changing the layout of your bathroom is necessary in order to increase the functionality and comfort level of the space. That said, layout changes are often the most expensive aspect of a bathroom remodel. Usually layout changes involve rearranging pipes, moving walls, and doing electrical work. Consider whether or not a layout change is really worth it when renovating your bathroom, as it will likely be a major expense – consuming a large portion of your remodeling budget.
If you need to make your bathroom handicap accessible, be aware the cost of doing so will range from $2,500-4,500.
According to a recent poll, moving around the sink and toilet will tack a minimum amount of $3,000-5,500 onto the total cost of your bathroom renovation.
Cost to Remodel a Master Bathroom
Out of all the bathrooms in your home, the master bath is the most expensive to renovate. Homeowners reported an average price of $15,000-22,000 for remodeling the master bathroom. With that in mind, you can spend as much as $40,000-50,000, depending on your specific desired level of luxury, the size of the space, whether you’ll be moving walls or plumbing, piping, material quality, and the overall labor required.
Bathroom Renovation Materials Cost
As you may have noticed, we mention the fact that tile quality, type of fixtures, lighting, and other accessories play a major part in what your bathroom renovation will end up costing.
When it comes to remodeling, there are endless options and a wide range of materials to choose from. If you’re less picky, you can get away with spending as little as $800-1,500 on all new fixtures and materials for your bathroom. On the other hand, you can end up spending endless amounts of money on new bathroom fixtures and materials if you’ve got a taste for the “finer things”.
By hiring a professional contractor, you’re making the renovation process easier on yourself, as the contractor usually takes it upon themselves to obtain the materials of your choosing beforehand, so that you don’t have to. This makes it easier for the contractor to get everything prepared prior to beginning their work.
Generally speaking, contractors add a 10-15% mark up on all materials purchased for your renovation, as this is how a part of their profit is made. This markup percentage varies from contractor to contractor, with some rolling in a markup of as much as 20% of your materials total cost. If you plan on purchasing all the materials on your own as a way to save money, it’s important to know that your contractor will still roll in a 10-15% up charge on his labor. Without doing so, contractors won’t make enough money for projects to produce a profit worthwhile for them.
Another point to consider if you’re thinking of sourcing your own materials, is that by doing so, there is a chance you may setback the schedule of your bathroom remodel. This occurs because you are not a licensed contractor, therefore you have no control over when materials will arrive, any delays in shipment, or damages that may warrant replacement. Your contractor may grow frustrated with you, due to the fact that they’ve been hired to complete your bathroom remodel in a certain time line, and may have future projects lined up after your project is finished.
Cost of New Bathroom Fixtures
Although there’s no way to tell you exactly how much the bathroom fixtures you choose to buy for your bathroom remodel will cost, below you’ll find a list of average price points for budget to mid range bathroom fixtures:
- Shower head – $30-125
- Ceramic toilet – $100-300
- Acrylic bathtub – $250-500
- Prefabricated shower stall with standard base – $350-900
- Faucet – $40-130
- Ceramic floor tile (for an average size bathroom 8’x10’) – $200-600
- Ceramic wall tile (for approx. 100 sq.ft.) – $250-700
- Vanity with sink – $150-800
- Mirror – $50-250
- Shelving/Storage – $70-400
- Towel bars, towel hooks, etc. – $35-160
Bathroom Renovation Labor Cost
We’ve mentioned it time and time again, but the cost of labor for bathroom renovations differ from state to state. That being said, statistics show that contractors who specialize in bathroom remodels charge between $65-85 per hour.
Plumbers cost an average of $60-85 per hour.
Electricians cost an average of $65-90 per hour.
Tile installation runs an average of $35-70 per hour. Of course, when it comes to installing tile, the total cost will depend on the type of work you’re looking for. For example: Custom tile designs and mosaics will run the price of labor up by 3-4 times as much as laying regular floor or wall tile.
Expert Tip: If you are planning on doing a major renovation, you should absolutely hire a general contractor to oversee and manage all of the types of labor required as a part of the project. If you go without a general contractor (GC), you will have a much more difficult time finding contractors for each type of work that needs to be done. In addition, it is more expensive to find and hire various contractors on your own. GC’s are experienced in managing entire projects, and have agreements with subcontractors in specific trades – they will be able to get you a better deal on labor costs.
Expert Tip: It’s a smart idea to hire professionals who are licenced, insured, and will pull all appropriate work permits from your town.
How long does a bathroom remodel take?
When doing a major bathroom renovation, or putting in an entirely new bathroom, you can expect the process to take a while. Patience is a virtue when it comes to substantial home renovations.
In 2018, the average homeowner reported waiting for a total of 3-5 weeks for their bathroom renovation project to complete. The total time frame for a bathroom remodel will also depend on the overall scope of the work you want done and how busy your contractor is. Some contractors schedule multiple projects during the same time frame, working on each project for a certain amount of time each day. If you hire a contractor who does that, you may need to be a little bit more patient with your bathroom renovation.
Smaller contracting companies may be able to come in and work on your space every day, as they won’t be as busy as a larger contracting company, therefore less clients. If you expect, or would like, your contractor to come in and work on your bathroom every day, call ahead and make sure the contractor you’re hiring is able to spend that amount of time on your project.
Expert Tip: Generally speaking, big home improvement stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot have an incredibly long waitlist for contracting jobs. Many customers reported waiting as long as 3 months to begin their remodeling project with a contractor from a big home improvement store. Plus, the prices of supplies and materials are higher at home improvement stores. It’s best to hire a contractor outside of these types of institutions.
ROI – Return On Investment for a Bathroom Remodel
For most people, the ROI for a renovation project does play a part in how much money they’re willing to put into the renovation. This is particularly important to consider if you’re planning on selling your home or property within the next 2-5 years.
Of course, refinishing an old bathroom will always add value to a home – it is one of the most desirable rooms of a house when it’s up for sale. A remodeled bathroom will attract more buyers. If you live in an area with a hot real estate market, you can easily get a 100% return on investment with a bathroom remodel! However, on average, homeowners will receive about 70-80% ROI on a bathroom renovation.
Keep in mind, to get the greatest return on your investment with any remodeling project, you need to approach the project correctly. Don’t overspend on fancy fixtures, and do your best to find materials at a discounted price. Also, if your home has other, more pressing issues to address, such as heating problems, plumbing or HVAC issues, roofing, siding, or exterior damages, be sure to invest in fixing those problems before you invest in a full bathroom remodel.
How much should you spend on a bathroom remodel?
When it comes to how much you should spend on a bathroom renovation, there are several factors to take into consideration:
- Mid-range bathroom renovations (spending between $12,000 to $18,000) always get the greatest ROI. High-end bathroom renovations (spending $55,000 or higher) get between 30-40% return on investment. Do your best to make your bathroom renovation worth it, but try not to over-do it.
- If you live in an old home with only 1 bathroom, you’d be better off investing in building a second bathroom, instead of updating the one you already have. You will be able to sell your home faster and for more money if you have 2 bathrooms versus 1.
- Take the value of your home into consideration when renovating a bathroom. For example, if your home is worth $200,000, you should NOT invest more than $30,000 (top end) for a bathroom renovation. On the other hand, if your home is valued at $2,000,000, you could easily get a good ROI on your bathroom remodel, even if you spend $50,000 on it.
- Just as you should research the value of your own home, you should also do research regarding the value of your neighborhood as a whole. If you have a massive and valuable home, but it’s located in a lower-end neighborhood, you may want to spend less money on your bathroom remodel, as you won’t be getting as much of an ROI out of it.
- As a general rule of thumb, your total renovation budget should not exceed the ceiling of your neighborhood home values, otherwise you will not get any of your money back.
Top Bathroom Remodeling Updates & Ideas
We asked several realtors and home builders what the essential bathroom renovation plans include for optimum ROI, here is what they said:
- Invest a good chunk of your renovation budget into cosmetic details, rather than major changes: the visual aesthetic of your remodel is most important, so focus a good amount of your budget on new paint, wall and floor tiles, and attractive bathroom fixtures to provide a major impact on buyers.
- Replace old and out-of-date fixtures (such as the sink, toilet, countertops and faucets): these replacements are fairly easy, but they provide a big bang when it comes to the overall look of your bathroom.
- Install good lighting: having several different types of high-quality lighting can really make a bathroom shine. Try to keep the space well-lit, but avoid stark, LED-looking lights, as it can make the space feel cold.
- If you’re renovating the master bathroom, install a double sink: this update is highly popular, and for good reason. By adding a double sink in the master bath, you’ll ensure the best ROI on the project.
- Replace an old bathtub with a large, walk-in shower or luxury tub: If you’re renovating a master bathroom, and you have more than 1 bathroom in the home, it’s a good idea to invest in a fancy, luxury bath tub in the master bath. Buyers love this feature, and it makes the space feel more luxurious. If you are renovating a different bathroom in the house, replace an old tub with a large walk-in shower. If you can fit it in your budget, add all the bells and whistles, such as rain shower heads, adjustable lighting, and dry steam systems.
Before you begin your bathroom renovation, do your research. Yes, it takes time to look into the value of your home, your neighborhood, and what’s in style at the time, but you’ll be glad in the end when the ROI of your new bathroom pays off.