Sharon Go, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA

How much does it cost on average to remodel a bathroom? Does the cost vary depending on location?

Asked by Sharon Go, San Francisco, CA Mon Apr 5, 2010

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There's a wide range of prices. However, really, in general a nice remodel can usually be done for $5,000-$7,500. You certainly can spend $30,000, but that's not necessary at all.

It does vary somewhat depending on location. But more of the variation depends on how basic or how fancy you want the remodel to be.

If you're considering it, first get a good idea of what you want. Then get bids from at least 3 contractors. You'll be surprised at the price variation. (And the most expensive one isn't always the best or the one you should go with.)

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
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The cost varies according to the materials you choose. A vanity with a sink can cost as little as $150 on up into the thousands. Same with toilets. Linoleum is less expensive than tile which is less expensive than marble. Go to your local hardware and home stores to get ideas of what you prefer and what you want to spend. Ask your realtor to recommend some local contractors who do the type of work you need. You can generally figure on spending $15--30,000 on most bathrooms remodels. However, if you are willing to spend time finding and using some supplies from places like the ReStore and Parrots, or their equivalent in your area, you can spend less on materials. If your home is a high-end home, you can easily spend double or triple or more than the "average".

Yes, the cost of labor will vary from one location to another. Contractors in areas with higher cost of living will demand higher prices than those in areas of more moderate priced living expenses. For instance, labor costs are higher in San Francisco than in Kansas City. You may be able to find a contractor who needs work now to do the work for a lower price than a contractor who has jobs lined up for the next 6 weeks. Check around. It's a good idea to see work the contractor has completed before hiring him/her to work on your project. At least get some references first.

Exquisite craftsmanship with high end materials will cost more than poor craftsmanship with cheap materials. Most people are comfortable somewhere in the middle.
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