How to Save on Plumbing Remodeling Costs

Planning to remodel the bathroom or kitchen? We all have visions in our heads of remodeling rooms in the house, and these rooms are no exception – we imagine perhaps a new vanity and countertop in the bathroom, a new shower, new lighting, new paint on the walls, a new mirror, maybe even a new toilet.

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Before you get too carried away, however, there is the little matter of cost to think about. According to one source, the average cost to remodel a bathroom today runs almost $16,000. So, if you are still thinking about that remodel, here are a few tips on how to save some money.

You may want to think about hiring a designer or architect to help you. If you need to stick to a budget, they can be a big help. If you work with a professional to come up with a plan for the bathroom or kitchen, you can be reasonably sure that your design, budget and time allotted for the project are on the mark. Hiring a professional probably will end up saving you money overall.

And make sure you have all of your ducks lined up before you begin the actual renovation. That means making decisions about what you want to replace and buying what you need. One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is buying products during the renovation, which can cause delays and other problems, driving up the price.

  1. Leave the plumbing alone.

In other words, use the piping that you already have. Don’t try to move the toilet or the tub, for example, because that will really drive up the cost. It costs about $5,000 to move just one plumbing fixture.

The same is true for kitchen remodeling – use the piping that you have. Just as with the bathroom, it will run you around $5,000 if you move an appliance like a sink or dishwasher.

  1. Keep the toilet.

Again, replacing an entire toilet can really add up with those installation costs. What you might want to do instead is just replace the seat and the lid, which can really improve the look of your toilet without having to buy a new one.

  1. Look for used items.

You can find some really great fittings, shelving, cabinets, faucets, etc.  if you look hard enough. Check out antique stores, flea markets, resellers, and auctions. You can salvage and redo items such as tubs, light fixtures and even sinks.

If you’re looking to remodel or upgrade your kitchen or bathroom(s), call Plumbing Dynamics: we have a successful track record when it comes to remodeling projects. Give us a call at 214-929-3431.

Treating Your Kitchen Plumbing Well this Thanksgiving

Your kitchen sink and garbage disposal are going to get a real workout during Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks. So you need to be aware of what you should and should not be putting down there. If you treat your plumbing system right, it will work well for you, but if you don’t, you will have clogs that make your holiday a very unhappy one.

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Save on Your Water Bill with These 4 Tips

If you want to save money, your water bill may not be the first place you look. But just by making a few simple adjustments to how you use your water, you can end up with big savings. Here are a few tips to follow.

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Green Plumbing Practices for Your Home

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But if you’re a new homeowner and/or have no experience fixing a leaky toilet or faucet, how can you learn these skills?

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When it comes to being to do the plumbing do-it-yourself tasks every homeowner should be able to do (fix a faucet’s leak or a clogged toilet, stop a “running” toilet, WHAT ELSE), you’re going to have to have a few plumbing tools on hand in order to do so.

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4 Plumbing Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make

So a week from today is New Year’s Eve. Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet?

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