Bathroom remodel checklist & tips infographicRemodeling a bathroom is an excellent way to refresh your space and increase your home’s value at the same time. Remodeling a bathroom can be as simple as applying a new coat of paint or buying a new sink and fixtures. Or you can go big – start with a fresh slate and give the bathroom an entirely new look. Whatever updates you’re dreaming of, it will pay to plan ahead.

On average, remodeling a bathroom costs between $5,000 and $10,000. The more major the project, the more it will cost. One way to control costs is to prepare well in advance. Mr. Handyman’s Bathroom Remodel Checklist (194 KB) serves as a guide for making smart decisions, budgeting and avoiding unpleasant surprises – so you can create a wonderful bathroom without paying extra.

Bathroom Remodel Tips

  • Set a list of priorities and expectations.
    • What is your big-picture goal?
    • When does the job need to be finished?
  • Set a budget.
    • How much do you want to do? New shower and more square footage? Or just a new sink and a coat of paint? Make these decisions now before you start remodeling. Don’t forget the details, like the knobs on the new cabinets and the light switch covers.
  • Choose a color palette or design style.
    • Stay consistent with color and material choices, and choose options that are cohesive with the design in the rest of the house.
  • Source your materials and permits.
    • Talk to manufacturers. Look into alternative eco-friendly, low-VOC or moisture-resistant materials.
    • Consider upgrades such as a bathroom fan, electric heater or radiant-heated floors.
    • Try to purchase as much as possible before you begin.
  • Plan logistics.
    • Find out if you’ll need to plumb the toilet or shower or if you can you use existing pipes.
    • Check shipping periods to make sure you can get all the materials in time.
    • Line up a contractor or, if you’re doing the work yourself, clear your schedule.
    • Will the remodel require enough tear-out that you’ll need to seal off other rooms from dust or noise?
  • Anticipate obstacles.
    • Will the subfloor need to be replaced?
    • Will the new tub fit through the door?
    • Can the existing wiring be used?
    • Will the inspection officer be available during the remodel process?
  • Create a timeline.
    • Make a list that follows a logical timeline: Don’t repaint before caulking, and don’t finish the tile floor before installing the shower.
  • Get creative.
    • Think outside the box for a unique look: shiplap walls, board and batten, beadboard or tiles.
    • Look for unique lights and furniture at thrift stores.

Bathroom Remodel Checklists & Cost Considerations

Basic Bathroom Upgrades & Costs

Use the guide below to set an allowance for the basic materials and fixtures involved in your remodel.

  • Cabinets $_____
  • Sink(s) $_____
  • Shower (and floor) $_____
  • Tub $_____
  • Toilet $_____
  • Faucets $_____
  • Knobs $_____
  • Mirrors $_____
  • Floors $_____
  • Tile and grout $_____
  • Drywall and cement board $_____
  • Lights $_____
  • Paint and primer $____
  • Exhaust fan $_____
  • Vanity/countertops $_____
  • Inspection/permit costs $____
  • Fixtures/furniture/decorations $_____

Since some of the items above require different installation adhesives or materials, speak to the employees at your local hardware store when purchasing some of the materials listed below:

  • Tile adhesive $_____
  • Drywall installation materials $_____
  • Vapor barrier/membrane $_____
  • Caulk $_____
  • Ceiling texture $_____
  • Window and door trim $_____
  • Plumbing fittings $_____

Total $_______

Luxury Bathroom Additions & Costs

These bathroom additions can add a nice, luxurious touch! How much will your favorite additions cost?

  • Electric heater $____
  • Radiant heated floors $____
  • Heated towel rack $____
  • More space $____
  • Frameless glass shower door $____
  • Cabinets/shelves for storage $____
  • Dimmer switches $____
  • High end building materials $____
  • Television $____
  • Smart mirror $____

Total $______