Bathrooms are a common focus for renovations in Aussie homes – a lacklustre shower, a bathtub that’s patently unfit for purpose or a dingy towel rail is enough to make anyone want to rip it out and replace it. And it’s not just about the aesthetics either – online agent Property Now suggests new bathrooms can add up to 10% in value to your home.
The cost of a bathroom renovation can vary, but it’s usually based on how much work you want done. The most important thing to do is to research all your costs thoroughly before you hire any tradespeople, as failing to do so can end up costing you more than you expect.
According to tradie booking site Hipages, a basic upgrade will typically cost around $5,000. A remodel is more of a full overhaul and may see you install a frameless shower screen, in wall cistern and wall hung vanity as well as upgrading to a freestanding tub. These sorts of changes can take more time to complete and will likely require more extensive plumbing and electrical work.
A complete reno is where all the fittings and fixtures are replaced with new ones. First, the old bathroom will need to be demolished and removed (unless it’s just a revamp), which can take one or two days depending on your house. Once the demolition has taken place, the plumber will come in to install all of the new pipework and wastes which could take another day or so. Once the plumber has completed their work, a sparkie will then come in to install all the electrical wiring and powerpoints which can take up to four days. bathroom renovation cost melbourne