Depending on the size of your bathroom and how much you’re looking to change, the cost of demolition can vary significantly. If you decide to hire a professional, the overall cost of demolition can range anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to $1,000 or more.
How to demo a bathroom
Depending on the amount of remodeling you plan on doing, there will be more than one way to gut a bathroom. However, follow these 5 basic steps if you plan to give your bathroom a full remodel:
Step 1: Shut off the electricity and water supply
Step 2: Pull out sink(s), vanity, and cabinets
Step 3: Remove the toilet
Step 4: Tear out the bathtub and/or shower
Step 5: Rip out the walls and flooring
According to Remodeling magazine, the national average for a full bathroom remodel is $16,128. A complete remodel is likely to increase your home’s value by more than $11,500.
But don't let that number discourage you. You can do a solid bathroom remodel for half that, which will increase your home's value without breaking the bank.
Likewise, there's more than one way to save on demolition. Below are 5 of the best insider tips to saving as much as a couple thousand dollars on your bathroom demolition.
1. Get a second (or third) opinion.
One of the easiest ways to save money on demolition is by getting an estimate from more than one company.
Not only will this help to ensure you get the best possible price in your area, but you can also use Contractor A’s price to negotiate with Contractor B. This will help guarantee that you get the best possible price while allowing you to negotiate with your preferred contractor, too.
2. Phone a friend.
A demolition contractor could have the best possible price and still not be worth the hire. (The saying, "You get what you pay for," comes to mind...) This is why asking friends and family members for their recommendations can go a long way in saving you some serious dough.
If your friend recently hired someone to handle their interior demolition and had excellent results, consider going the same route.
Plus, a family member or friend may have experience handling demolition work themselves—or maybe they know someone who does—and would be willing to do the job on the cheap, or free!
3. Do the work yourself.
Remodeling a bathroom yourself doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. All it takes to visually transform your space is swap out a few old fixtures and replace dated flooring.
If you’re interested in doing a little more than just replace the flooring and hardware, you can save a lot by doing the demolition yourself.
This isn’t as fun and carefree as simply swinging a sledgehammer mind you. You’ll want to be cautious when removing any cabinets, vanities, etc. Damaging a load-bearing wall can affect the overall structural integrity of your house, which can have devastating consequences.
There’s more than just load-bearing walls to worry about, however. You’ll also want to be cautious to avoid hitting any plumbing, heating/cooling ducts, or electrical wires.
4. Deconstruct and donate.
Depending on demand, some charitable organizations offer free deconstruction services in exchange for the items salvaged.
A team of trained volunteers will come to your home and remove any usable items in good condition, like flooring, toilets, countertops in good shape, sink fixtures, and more.
Below are a couple of the most popular charities offering deconstruction services:
Keep in mind that even if you are able to take advantage of these services, charitable deconstruction generally doesn’t involve a complete strip-out. You may have some additional demolition to complete once they’re through.
5. Keep the fixtures where they are.
Relocating fixtures, like toilets and sinks, requires quite a bit more time and a lot more money. So when possible, opt for simply replacing them.
Some great places to begin shopping for bathroom fixtures and supplies includes Supply.com, Home Depot, Lowe's or PlumbingSupply.com.
Now, let’s get to work.
No matter what your bathroom remodel vision may be, our bathroom demo tips are a surefire way to trim costs of the project.
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