Bathroom Remodeling: Ideas for Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

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When it comes to selling your house, one of the most effective ways to increase its value is to remodel your bathroom. But, typically, restroom renovations aren’t cheap, with an average bathroom remodel costing somewhere in the range of $10,000. Fortunately, this kind of fortune isn’t necessary take your bathroom and entire home’s value to the next level. Here are some cheap ways to upgrade your bathroom that will get you the most bang for your buck.

Upgrading the small things for a big impact

Replacing bathroom hardware and accessories such as door and drawer handles and knobs, toilet paper holders and towel racks add a lot to your bathroom without taking much out of your wallet. You can find some stylish toilet paper holders in the range of $20-$30 (and you can also spend much more if you want to). Handles and knobs can be found from anywhere to a few dollars to over $100. You can find nice-looking towel holders made of materials such as brass, bronze or chrome from roughly $50-$100. Upgrading the bathroom faucet can also make a big difference for less than a hundred bucks.

Paint goes a long way

A new paint job can give your bathroom a whole new color and style for not much money at all. Just don’t get too frugal and make the mistake of going for the cheapest paint. Choose a good mildew-resistant paint that is formulated for a steamy environment. This can be found for around $30 a gallon.

Go easy on the tile

Sure, tile looks pretty, but it will also cost you a pretty penny if you put it everywhere in your bathroom. Only lay it down where it will be the most effective to the eye of a prospective buyer – such as the floor – and avoid putting it in areas such as shower walls that don’t stand out as much. You can also use more expensive and stylish mosaic tiles (which will run you anywhere from $20 to $50 per square foot) sparsely as an accent border around basic porcelain, which will only cost you about five dollars per square foot. Also keep in mind that linoleum is a great alternative to tile not only because it’s cheaper but also because it’s much easier to clean.


Countertops made of quartzite and granite will cost you, but this may be one area where you want to spend some money since countertops are such an integral part of the bathroom and a major selling point. Granite vanity tops with integral sink bowls can give a classy décor boost to a bathroom. If granite’s not in your budget, consider going with a laminate that has a sharp pattern that resembles granite, and a drop in sink.

Bathroom cabinets

It can be expensive to replace your cabinets, but one money saver is to buy a vanity combo that includes the cabinet, top, door and drawer hardware and sometimes even a mirror to go with it.

Bathroom sinks

Drop-in sinks will cost you the least amount of money, come in a variety of colors and styles and are easy to install yourself. You can find some of the less-expensive models in the $30-$100 range. Another cheap option is a pedestal sink, which gives your bathroom more floor space and can be purchased for as low as around $90. If you really feel like getting creative and have a dresser that you’re not using you can make a “dresser sink.” Cut out the top of the dresser so that you can put in a sink insert and cut holes into the back for the plumbing. This will not only save you money, but also give your bathroom a unique look.

Do you have any other ways to cut costs when remodeling your bathroom?

Chris Long is a Home Depot on-the-floor store associate in the Chicago suburbs. Chris also writes on DIY bathroom design and renovations for Home Depot’s website. Chris’ interests on DIY for Home Depot range from tips on vanities, cabinets and storage to shower and tub advice.