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5 Tips for A Brilliant Bathroom on a Budget

When it comes to a redesign, you could be forgiven for cringing at the thought of paying for your stylish new bathroom.

But remodelling doesn't need to cost the earth if you follow our handy guide - these inexpensive tips mean you can have your dream bathroom without the nightmare bills.

1: Less is more

Who says you have to rip out the walls to have a new bathroom? You can create the effect of a whole new suite with a few cheap adjustments here and there. Simply update the paint, tiles, lighting and/or accessories and you can transform the appearance of your bathroom in an afternoon.

2: Do it yourself

OK you might not be Bob the Builder, but tiling and plumbing aren't exactly rocket science. The internet is your friend, so do your research beforehand and save yourself a pretty penny by picking up your trowel and spanner and throwing away your handyman's business card. You can do it! Of course it is always recommended to hire a professional for better quality result.

3: Prioritise

Costs can run away with you when it comes to projects like this, so take a day or two to breathe, plan ahead and prioritise. What's more important – replacing the leaky shower cubicle or that heated towel rail you've always wanted? It may be heartbreaking to deny yourself the luxuries but knowing your priorities is important when you’re on a budget.

4: Don't pay for unnecessary work!

If you're determined to hire someone else to do the job, be firm about what you do and don't want to be done. Even if you want new tiles, you don’t need to pay someone to take the old ones off – thin wall tiles can be applied over the old ones – there’s something they don’t tell you when pricing up the job!

5: Buy cheap, buy twice

It may seem like an odd money-saving tips, but go for quality materials. Cutting corners when it comes to paying for grout, for example, will cost money in the long run when the job needs to be redone. The trick is to know where to save money in order to spend it in the right areas. This might mean that you need to take out a loan to afford higher quality materials. But don't see this as a drawback. Banks are more than willing to help you open up a home equity line of credit in order to complete home improvement projects that will add value to your home. Loans that come with a good return are a good investment for you and your bank. So, don't cut corners to save money up front. You'll only lose that money later on when you have to replace all your hard work sooner than expected.

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