Short Answer! Every Bathroom Renovation is different and must be priced accordingly!
In Australia, bathrooms are one of the most popular rooms to renovate. Bathrooms are also one of the most expensive rooms to renovate and the cost will differ greatly, depending on the complexity of the work required and the level of bathroom finishes desired by the home owner.
Every bathroom renovation is unique and the cost to renovate will depend on the following factors.
If you want to completely strip out and take the bathroom back to its shell, repair water damaged framing, re-sheet, waterproof, bed and retile, alter plumbing and/or electrical and repaint, the average bathroom renovation cost, using quality tradespeople will be about $25, 000.
Why do Bathrooms cost so much to renovate?
Bathroom renovations are very labor intensive. A big portion of the budget will be spent on trades.
If the tradespeople are chosen carefully it will be money well spent.
One of the problems encountered in the renovation industry is unlicensed and uninsured people with cheap prices, poor quality products and even poorer skill methods, portraying themselves as tradespeople.
It costs licensed contractors a fair amount of time and money every year to be fully licensed and insured. Licensed contractors are required to undertake continuing professional development every year to retain their license.
It is important to check all credentials of tradespeople before hiring them. It would be foolish to compromise on the quality of your tiling, waterproofing, electrical, plumbing or carpentry just to save a few dollars.
Read more about how to choose your tradespeople in our BATHROOM RENOVATION GUIDE
Other factors to consider in your Bathroom Renovation budget
Cost can change considerably depending on whether you choose something off the display room floor or out of a catalogue compared to if you want a one-of custom-made piece. Also, the material type can greatly impact on price. Timber is a popular choice at the moment, however it will cost a great deal more than Laminex or two pack. Bench top types is another cost that can vary greatly. Vitrified China tops are a great choice for a low budget bathroom, stone bench top for a medium budget and timber or concrete for a high-end budget.
Tapware is another item that can make a huge difference to your final bathroom cost. Budget tapware starts under $100 and can jump up into the thousands for high end tapware.
As you can see, it can be difficult to judge how much your bathroom renovation will cost without a detailed quote. It is important for homeowners to make sure the quotes they are getting compares apples with apples, so to speak. What is in one quote needs to be in the other quote, of the same quality and quantity for the quotes to be a fair comparison.