Bathroom remodels are some of the most involved projects you can do in the home. Even if you’re just dealing with a small powder room, a complete bathroom remodel involves working with plumbing, electrics, and tiling. You might even need to get a permit for your bathroom project, especially if you’re planning to change your piping or wiring. It also involves moving around and installing big heavy fixtures and being sure that everything fits correctly. This is also a project where you need to keep an eye on your budget to ensure it doesn’t go beyond your limit.
Because of how essential a bathroom is for everyday life, a bathroom renovation is one of the more time-sensitive projects as well. It's definitely not a project you want to take your time with, and it's better to know what you’re doing the first time around. Hiring a contractor ensures that your project will be completed on schedule and with less chance for mistakes. However, there are still plenty of reasons why you might want to and can take on a DIY bathroom remodel.
Money and Time
The single biggest reason for renovating your bathroom yourself is that it will be much cheaper than a professional bathroom remodel.
For a master bathroom remodel, you could end up paying $25,000 or more if you hire a professional. That comes out to around $250 per square foot. By contrast, a DIY bathroom renovation could end up costing less than half of that even if you use the same professional-grade materials. For DIYers, the average cost for a full bathroom remodel tends to be between $6,000 and $12,000. In other words, if you do it yourself, you basically pay the same material costs for a bathroom remodel minus the labor fees.
The flipside of that coin however is time. In most cases, a contractor is going to be able to complete the work much faster than you can. And when you think about it, that really isn’t a surprise. Contractors have an entire team of professionals they can call upon to get stuff done. Unlike you, they don’t have to fit a home improvement project into a hectic schedule with many other tasks. Instead, a contractor can devote their full attention to your project. A full bathroom remodel that might take six months for you to complete will be done by your contractor in just two weeks. When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, time is money.