Tile gives bathrooms an upscale appearance, and it’s more durable than many other materials. But installing tile also costs more than bathtub surrounds or vinyl flooring.

Whether you’ve decided on your products or are still gathering bathroom floor and shower tile ideas, you have to know how much you;re going to spend. Read more here.

Bathroom Tile Installation

Other Costs and Considerations

Homeowners thinking about having any kind of new bathroom tiling installed should not only factor in the cost per square foot of tile needed but installation and labor costs as well. Most of the time, contractors are happy to provide homeowners with a free cost estimate prior to beginning any work. Usually, this cost estimate includes labor. However, if it does not, homeowners should be prepared to shell out an additional $450 to $600 in installation costs alone. It is actually not uncommon for the labor and installation costs to be more than the material costs of the project.

Homeowners should also do their best to get an idea of material costs by first figuring out how much tile they will need to get the project done. This can be calculated by simply multiplying the length of the bathroom times the width to get a complete surface area of the space. Then, subtract the square footage of any spaces that will not need to be tiled such as areas taken up by the bathtub, shower, toilet and sink. The remaining square footage is what will need to be tiled; homeowners should then purchase a little bit more tile than is technically needed to pad for errors.

Many homeowners look for ways to save on their new flooring installation costs as well. Fortunately, there are many ways to go about doing this. Homeowners can shop around with different companies and contractors to find special deals and promotions. In some cases, it may even be possible for a homeowner to install the tile him or herself, though this may require at least some previous knowledge or experience.

Having new bathroom tile installed in one’s home can be a great way to update a bathroom without necessarily having to spend a great deal of money in the process. The key is simply to choose the flooring type that is best for the space and that coincides with the homeowner’s budget. From there, homeowners can enjoy an improved space and increased resale value in the home as well. Read more here.

Many a would-be real estate flipper has underestimated renovation costs. All too often, I receive an e-mail from someone saying they have a great deal for me on a home that only needs about $10,000 in fix up.

I normally send those right to junk mail because in most cases $10,000 doesn’t even buy new carpet and paint. Rosy renovation estimates are probably the No. 1 killer of real estate flippers. Before you dive into the first flip project or even that home remodeling project, do some homework and get real about the material and labor costs.

“I don’t need to know the labor costs,” says the do-it-yourselfer. You’d still better have a realistic estimate on time. The labor costs may not hit your wallet but they will certainly hit your lower back, knees and possibly personal life.

First sit down and list out all the materials you’ll need. Then walk through each task of the renovation project and estimate your labor hours. Take those time estimates and see how they fit into your schedule if you’re doing the job yourself. And be realistic, most of us are not accustomed to hard labor.

If your body is not used to setting tile, you might be feeling the burn come day two. Having your kitchen torn apart for three plus weeks might come with a greater personal price than you’re willing to bear. And, as for flippers, time is money. The longer it takes to renovate a home, the greater the opportunity costs. Most of us have a limited number of homes we can hold, so every day you spend renovating is a day you cannot be accumulating. Missing out on one great deal can be far more costly than contracting out your renovations.

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As an example, let’s say you’re going to renovate a 5-foot-by-7-foot bathroom. It will be a basic bathroom with ceramic tile floor and tub surround. Including the floor, the tub surround and an extra 10 percent for waste, there will be about 100 square feet of tile.

Most contractors are probably going to estimate around 50 hours for a project like this and they’ll probably charge $35 to $50 per labor hour. So on the low end, a contractor estimate will probably come in at around $1,750 for just labor. This is right about in line with the costs I get from my contractors. There is a huge variation in contractor pricing, so get multiple bids.

Put these two numbers together and you’re looking at about $3,200 for a basic bathroom renovation, including 6 percent tax on materials and a 10 percent fudge factor. This does not include dumping fees and haul away. Normally my contractors bid anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000 for a basic bathroom renovation.

Just to give you a realistic idea on a couple more common costs, I pulled up the numbers from one of my past projects. This home was 1,200 square feet on two levels plus about an 800 square feet basement. The total renovation cost was approximately $85,000.

I’ve never had a home renovation that costs much less than about $35,000. Construction costs vary widely. Some people say I pay too much for work but I can’t get quality work done for any cheaper. And most people who just call contractors out of the yellow pages will find they’re quoted prices much higher than what I’ve listed here.

The only point I want to make is that you need to do your homework and get realistic about costs. My prices here are only examples. You need to know what your costs will be before you commit to a large project.

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