Can you help this reader with frugal bathroom remodel advice?
Posted May 15, 2012
One of our fellow Smart Shopper blog readers, Jennifer, is remodeling her bathroom and needs some advice regarding contractors, cost and frugal tips. Can you help her?
Jennifer, I have also included 3 articles in the box above regarding the average cost of a bathroom remodel. Most figures fall in the $10,000 - $30,000 range. The top article has some very good advice if you want to do more of the work yourself and look at the most frugal options.
Here is her request for advice:
"I live in Sanford but I've not had much luck with the local contractors as of yet. I need a general contractor for structural repairs (subfloor) and prep work for a plumber and tile installer. Seems like once they find out I'm on a limited budget they lose interest.
We are repurposing the tub, toilet, and cabinets to save money. I have offered to do some of the work (demo mostly) to keep cost down and set $5000 aside to get the rest done by a professional. The anticipated material cost is around $2000 leaving what I thought would be enough for labor. I have even invested $1000 already in faucets, light fixtures, and accesories.
Am I foolish to think I can get this done for $6000 total investment? Maybe I just need to take classes at Lowes until I am able to tackle this job myself too. Bloggers, if you can suggest a solution I would love to hear it. Thanks for any input you have to offer. This is my first attempt at a professional re-model."
Thanks to all who can offer any advice!