Average Bathroom Remodel Cost

Find out exactly how much your bath remodel will cost.
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When you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, cost always comes up sooner or later. It’s important to view cost through a lens of value. Look at both the benefits you’re creating with the remodel as well as the implications of the process itself.

I leave no stone unturned in this complete guide, so let’s begin.

Bathroom Remodeling Cost - The Full Complete Guide

This is for Bathroom Remodels In Boston MA

When it comes to remodeling or adding a bathroom, the burning question is always: “What would be a reasonable price to remodel my bathroom?” Our comprehensive guide is here to help you address this pressing concern the River City way, by providing a complete breakdown of bathroom remodeling costs. At River City, we believe in full transparency and fair pricing. We carefully consider both the advantages of the remodel and the potential challenges that come with the process, ensuring an equitable approach for all our clients.

Kevin Cordova, the unrivaled expert in bathroom remodeling with an impressive track record of over 150 successful bathroom and kitchen remodels. Kevin operates in the Greater Boston Area, serving the communities of Medford, Melrose, and Winchester. He firmly believes that a remodel has the power to revolutionize the way you experience and cherish your home. With Kevin’s expertise, your bathroom transformation is in the best hands possible.

Average Bathroom Remodel Cost

Online, you can find a variety of information regarding pricing for your bathroom remodel. However, it is crucial to obtain relevant information from local experts before relying on these prices. A brief phone call can provide you with a general idea of how much you should expect to invest. Informed clients to make smart decisions.

Here at River City, we operate on
transparent pricing, enabling our clients to have a comprehensive understanding and a better plan for their projects, avoiding last-minute price changes. It is common for contractors to undervalue projects to secure clients, only to increase costs midway through due to oversight or underestimation. When gauging the final price of a project, it is important to compare apples to apples, ensuring no surprises down the line.

Here, I will address questions such as the components of a bathroom remodel and the typical investment our clients make in adding a new bathroom or simply renovating an existing one over the years.

The Value of A Bathroom Remodel

When undertaking a home remodeling project, it is essential to recognize that you are making an investment in your property. Similar to any investment, there is a return to consider.

According to Remodeling’s 2023 Cost vs Value report for Boston MA, an upscale bathroom remodel yields a 39% return when you sell your home. This means that the money you put into your bathroom renovation now not only allows you to enjoy the upgraded space for years to come but also benefits you when it’s time to move on.

Here’s an example to illustrate this concept. Let’s say you plan to spend $68,000 on your bathroom remodel and you are able to recoup $27,000 when you sell your property. In this case, your actual investment amounts to $40,000. If you enjoy your renovated bathroom for 10 years, your real investment averages out to $4,000 per year or approximately $334 per month. This cost is significantly lower than the typical monthly expense of a car payment or insurance.

By considering your bathroom remodel as a long-term investment, you can make informed decisions about the project and enjoy the benefits for years to come.

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Due to the numerous variables involved in a bathroom remodel, I strongly advise obtaining a precise estimate tailored to your specific requirements.

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Hidden Surprises

During a remodel, unexpected issues such as water damage, mold, or wood rot can arise. It's advisable to address these issues before proceeding with the remodel. Transparency about any challenges encountered during the remodel is crucial.

Cost of Mistakes

Mistakes can occur, whether due to human error or damaged materials. To account for unforeseen errors, there is typically a markup of 10-20% on materials to cover these costs.

Labor of Employees and Subcontractors

The labor costs for a typical bathroom remodel include both regular and overtime pay for employees and subcontractors. This adds up to a significant expense, taking into consideration the hours worked and overtime pay.

Backend Services

Behind the scenes, there are various business expenses including accounting, legal services, insurance, maintenance, training, marketing, certifications, and other operational costs. Additionally, investing in professional development ensures better service for clients.


Like any business, profitability is essential for sustainability. It enables growth, supports employees, and ensures that subcontractors are paid fairly. Acknowledging the need for profitability is crucial in maintaining a successful business.


The cost of materials can vary widely based on the options chosen for the remodel. It's important to factor in the cost of materials when calculating the overall expenses for the project.

Contractor Red Flags

Selecting a contractor can be challenging, especially when some may offer seemingly low prices. It’s important to inquire about the reasons behind the pricing to ensure quality workmanship. While lower prices may be tempting, they can often lead to unsatisfactory results and the need for additional work.

By understanding and considering these hidden costs, homeowners can make informed decisions and avoid potential issues during their bathroom remodeling project.

The River City Way

Choosing us may come with a slightly higher price tag, but it’s because we are confident in our expertise and the value we provide. With us, you can have complete peace of mind throughout your entire experience, from the initial stages to the final outcome and even after our work is done.

Here are two benefits that sets us a apart.

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A Process that Focuses on You!

Once your remodel is finished, we will conduct a thorough walkthrough together to ensure that no details have been missed. We give you a three- day window after our service for you to conduct your own inspection and provide any feedback on the final result. Our commitment to your satisfaction extends beyond the completion of the project – we will check in with you every six months to ensure that you are still happy with your remodeled bathroom and are maximizing its benefits. If you ever have any concerns or comments, feel free to reach out to us at any time.

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Our Promise and Warranty

We provide one of the most comprehensive warranties in the local area for the services we offer. We believe in getting the job done right the first time, so you can benefit from a 5-year warranty covering labor and systems. In addition, you will also benefit from the manufacturer’s warranty on materials used in the project. If any covered issue arises within our control and falls under the warranty and contract terms, we will promptly address and repair it at no cost to you.

Calculate The Typical Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom Cost Estimator
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Permits, Site prep (i.e. floor protection, HEPA air scrubber, dust control barriers etc.), dumpster, portable toilet, demolition, project managment, cleaning. No change to layout. $8,500
Permits, Site prep (i.e. floor protection, HEPA air scrubber, dust control barriers etc.), dumpster, portable toilet, demolition, project managment, cleaning. Minimal layout changes $10,500
Permits, Site prep (i.e. floor protection, HEPA air scrubber, dust control barriers etc.), dumpster, portable toilet, demolition, project managment, cleaning. Major layout changes $12500
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Minimal patch/repair drywall. Paint two top coats $2,500
Moderate drywall replacement, remove popcorn ceiling, prime, paint with two top coats of good quality paint $5,000
Full drywall replacement with mold-resistant drywall, prime, paint two top coats of premium qulaity paint $7,500
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Level 1 granite/quartz $750
Level 2 granite/quartz $1,500
Level 3 quartz granite/quartz $2,250
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Ceramic tile or LVP $3,500
Premium quality ceramic tile, custom layout (herringbone etc) $7,000
Premium quality porcelain tile, custom layout, optional heated tile floor $10,500
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Paint existing vanity or replace with stock vanity $1,000
Replace with semi custom vanity $2,000
Custom vanity $3,000
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Keep the existing layout. Replace fixtures $1,000
Upgrade existing lighing using same layout. Add dimmer switches. $2,000
Add LED can lighting or other fixtures (wall sconces) dimmer switches $3,000
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Replace with stock faucet. No relocation. $500
Premium faucet selection. No relocation. $1000
Premium faucet selection. Relocate. $1,500
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Semi-frameless glass enclosure $3,000
Frameless glass enclosure $6,000
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Stock ceramic tile bathtub surround $5,500
Porcelain tile shower, niche in shower $11,000
Natural stone or premium porcelain tile bathtub surround and shower. Niche in shower with bench $16,500
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Replace existing fixtures (sink, toilet) with stock selections. Fiberglass bathtub. $7,500
Better quality fixtures. Replace tile shower with expanded size. $15,000
Premium fixture options (steam shower, body spray, bidet). Replace tile shower. $22,500
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Decreasing Cost by DIY

With an abundance of information available, it’s common to stumble upon DIY videos that make certain tasks seem easy. For instance, you might think that demoing a bathroom to save $1000 is a simple task, until you accidentally damage the pipes which is illegal in Massachusetts if you are not a licensed plumber or electrical which is also illegal if you are not a qualified electrician, you might do the work and end up spending more to rectify the mishap.

Setting your own tile may seem doable, but if it’s not properly aligned, you’ll be stuck with an imperfect result for the next 15 years. Similarly, installing vanity and cabinets may appear straightforward until you struggle to align doors and drawers.

Regardless of the project’s size, meticulous installation and attention to detail are crucial. Just as pediatricians specialize in their field, each of us has our own area of expertise. What initially seems like a fun side project may turn into a challenging and frustrating experience.

Before diving in, it’s important to consider a few questions:

This is not meant to deter you, but rather to offer advice based on experience. I’ve witnessed numerous projects gone awry, both from homeowners and from low-cost contractors. Ultimately, the homeowner ends up spending more to fix the mistakes and wasting valuable time.

Frequently ask question

Remodeling a small bathroom can range from $21,000 to $30,000. While the costs for demolition, labor, and the number of bathroom elements tend to decrease with smaller bathrooms, opting for luxury materials and features can significantly increase the overall expense.

Typically, labor costs make up around 20% of the total project cost. However, with a diminishing specialized workforce and rapidly increasing salaries, we anticipate that labor costs may escalate to 30% of the overall bathroom remodeling cost in the near future.

The industry average for a bathroom renovation is 12 weeks. At River City Construction, our aim is to return homeowners’ house in 8 weeks from the time everything is planned out and the contract is signed.

To prevent mold and mildew in your bathroom, make sure to:
-Properly ventilate the space with an exhaust fan or open window
-Regularly clean and dry the bathroom surfaces, especially shower walls and grout -Use mold-resistant paint or sealant in areas prone to moisture accumulation

If you have a leaky shower or bathtub, some possible solutions include:
-Checking and replacing worn-out gaskets or seals
-Tightening loose connections or replacing faulty valves
-Consider hiring a professional plumber if the issue persists or requires more extensive repairs

To maximize storage in a small bathroom, try these ideas:
– Install shelves or cabinets above the toilet or on unused wall space – Use over-the-door or hanging organizers for towels and toiletries
– Opt for vanity or shelving units with built-in storage compartments Pleasure:

For a touch of luxury in your bathroom remodel, consider adding:

– Heated floors or towel racks for a cozy and comfortable experience
– A spa-like shower with multiple shower heads or a rainfall shower heads – A freestanding soaking tub for a relaxing bathing experience

For a touch of luxury in your bathroom remodel, consider adding:
– Heated floors or towel racks for a cozy and comfortable experience
– A spa-like shower with multiple shower heads or a rainfall shower heads – A freestanding soaking tub for a relaxing bathing experience

A smart bathroom system can offer convenience and luxury, such as:
– Voice-activated or touchless faucets for hands-free operation
– Smart mirrors with built-in lighting and integrated Bluetooth speakers
– Programmable shower systems that remember temperature and water flow preferences

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