(I have also purchased a triplex that I thought had some water damage under a nearly brand new bathroom; floors sagged - just a little - when you walked on them. I opened the floor, only to find that there had been a substantial fire in the bathroom [hence the 'remodel'] --- They had 'repaired' the joist with four 2x4s nailed all over the joist, they replaced wooden sub-floor with layers of cheap particle board --- then put beautiful tile over the top! Well at least I caught it quick-before the particle board swelled and crumbled.]
So, if it is just a little (new) water damage in just one small area. Your costs for a new floor, and repair (with labor) might be less than $600 in most of the country. However, if there is more damage and you need a contractor who must engineer something structural -- the price could go into $1,000's.
On the other hand you have no choice you must do it once you find this kind of damage. You can reduce the cost by handling the demolition and clean up and haul away. You can keep costs down with your choice in materials. Do shop around -- you would be shocked at what is out there cheap.
So - happy trails to you
How old is the home? If it were built before 1978 and the work will disturb more than 6 square feet of painted surface, the work would be subject to the Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools, built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. You can dowload a copy of the EPA's "Lead Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right" publication on the Remodeling page of my webstie http://www.chuckmillerconstruction.com
What fixtures are currently installed?
- Tub (Fiberglass or Iron?)
- Shower (Fiberglass or tile surround? Glass shower doors?)
- Vanity (How many sinks?)
Do we need to provide new fixtures?
- Tub / Shower
- Sinks / Faucets
The loose toilet could simply be the result of a rusted toiltet ring and not rotten subflooring. Is there any other evidence of possible moisture damage, i.e. buckled or loose flooring?
What is the existing flooring, i.e. vinyl, vinyl tile, ceramic tile?
If there is no evidence of possible moisture damage, do you want to replace the existing flooring? If yes, with what material?
Light fixtures? Bath exhaust fans?
Remodeling magazine just published their 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. I just posted a link to the download on my homepage http://www.chuckmillerconstruction.com.
They estimate the cost of mid-range bathroom remodel at $14,367. It is defined as an update to an existing 5-by-7-foot bathroom, including replacing all fixtures to include 30-by-60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with 4-by-4-inch ceramic tile surround; new single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced shower control; standard white toilet; solid-surface vanity counter with integral sink; recessed medicine cabinet with light; ceramic tile floor; vinyl wallpaper.
Our experience has been that we can usually do the work for much less.
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-BarbaraAnn Williamson, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty Boise