Remodeling can be expensive. However, remodeling can improve your living experience, as well as increase the value of your home. If you’re looking to upgrade your bathroom, here are a few ways you can do it without spending too much money. First, outline Your Plans.

Inventory, Then Budget

Look at what you’ll need to replace or repair. In many cases, you’ll need to budget for the unexpected. Not all parts of a renovation will be obvious from the beginning. Setting aside an extra 10 to 20 percent more than you expect to pay can give you buffer room and can help you know which renovations are the highest priority.

Find the Best Fixtures and Save Money

One way to save money consistently over the coming months and years is to install environmentally friendly bathroom devices that can help you save water. Some of this includes low flow faucet aerators or shower heads. See what you can save on before spending your money, and remember to look for discounts and get cash back for stores like Lowe’s.

Substitute with Inexpensive Options

When you’re planning out a bathroom renovation, focus primarily on function. Consider how many people will use a shower or bath at one time, as well as how large your vanity should be. Consider upgrading your bathroom in phases, as this can save you money. Remember, you can do the basic upgrades now and finish up with more expensive options later on (like adding that gorgeous shower stall you’ve always had your eye on).

Work on What You Can Do Yourself

 Paint

Painting is something easy for you to do because much of the bathroom space is occupied by the shower, a mirror, a toilet, and other items. As a result, you won’t have to cover a huge area. Paint can be relatively inexpensive and is an easy way to update your bathroom without shelling out, though it always helps to look for sales from stores like Sherwin-Williams before you start.

Vanity

According to Better Homes and Gardens, premade vanities are more affordable options than custom created vanities. They can be installed much more quickly and easily. Make sure you have all your measurements documented and consider the cabinet size. You can also still have a beautiful countertop, even if you can’t have a custom-made vanity. Also, using cost-cutting sites like Honey can help you find special deals on the items you need to get started.

Tidy Up the Grout

According to the Washington Post, you can clean up your grout yourself. The key to cleaning up grout that is between tiles on the floor or in the shower is to mix an oxygen bleach solution with warm water. Then, pour it over the grout and let it sit for a long time. The longer you let it sit, the less work you’ll have to do to clean up the grout. Lightly scrub the grout after this.

When to Hire a Professional

 Plumbing

Doing your own plumbing could cost thousands of dollars down the road, especially if you make an error. If you’re making big changes to your bathroom, bring in a licensed professional who can do a quality job and increase the value of your bathroom. Just remember to keep your budget in mind before you hire one, as the prices can be steep.

Tiling Walls and Floors

If you’re looking to redo the tile in your bathroom, it’s better to hire a professional. A small error can make it look pretty unsightly, and you don’t want to make any mistakes here. A professional tiler can save you time and angst. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure you have plenty of time and severe concentration for detail.

Anything Electric

Water and electricity don’t mix. If you need to do any switching up for the lighting in your bathroom and it’s requiring more than just changing the lights out, hire an electrician.

By taking your time to plan out and figure out the best deals, you can save a lot on your upgrade. Look at what needs to be replaced the most urgently and consider doing your upgrade in phases. You can remodel your bathroom without spending a fortune.