Stop putting up with that bathroom you hate. You may not know what it costs to remodel your bathroom, where to get the stuff you need, or even what kind of stuff you want. But you can find out.
Thumbtack surveyed nearly 500 pros — including contractors, plumbers, electricians, tile installation specialists, and handyman — to tell you how much bathroom remodels cost, how long they take, and what brands to buy.
A trip to your local home improvement store should give you a sense of the range of materials and features to look for in a toilet, sink, bathtub, or other fixtures. But which brands are trusted by the pros?
The pros surveyed by Thumbtack overwhelmingly prefer Kohler across the board, with some popular runners-up. Here’s what they buy.
Best faucets and showerheads
Best sinks and bathtubs
Professionals are 61 percent more likely to say that labor costs — not materials — are the biggest cost factor in a remodel. That said, high-quality materials often push up the cost of labor, too. “Items like these have very low tolerance for error so not only is the labor very expensive, but the project duration is double what it normally would be,” says Michael of Big Brothers Development.
When it comes to spending more money on a remodel, pros recommended splurging on tiles (25%), the shower (13%), and small fixtures like shower heads and faucets (13%).
These investments pay off, too, according to pros. The top bathroom remodel upgrades to increase the resale value of your home are:
More than half of all pros said updating or adding tiles is a top home value booster, making it 42 percent more likely to be recommended than the next most popular update (adding or replacing fixtures).
Pros agree that most aspects of a bathroom remodel take less than three months to complete, and most of them take less than a week.
What can you get done in less than a week?
Pros said that many projects can get slowed down by unexpected water damage or wood damage (like a bad subfloor or termite infestation).
Other factors that slow projects down?
When it comes to materials, avoid problems by getting things that are already in stock, says Brian Ernest with Ready to Sell Renovations. “Go to the store and make sure it’s on the shelf. Check online and make sure there is ample quantity of what you need.” If you’re using special order items like custom cabinets, wait until all materials have arrived before breaking ground.
Here’s what the pros had to say about the biggest interior design trends they’ve seen in recent projects.
What changes have the biggest impact on look and feel?
What are the most popular upgrades at the moment?
Which bathroom styles are most popular right now?
What are the best ways to make a small bathroom feel bigger?
Thumbtack also looked at data from real home remodeling projects across the country to find out what most often drives homeowners to take on a bathroom remodel. Here’s what we learned.
Top 3 reasons people remodel their bathroom?
Most popular bathroom fixtures to replace?
How big are the bathrooms Americans most often remodel?
Do you need to move your toilet, shower, or sink?
There are 250,000 pros on Thumbtack, one of the largest local services companies in the United States. We surveyed nearly 500 of these professionals who specialize in bathroom remodels — including contractors, plumbers, electricians, tile installation specialists and handymen — with multiple-choice and free response questions about how long it takes to remodel a bathroom, what it costs, and what brands pros recommend to their customers. We coupled our survey data with aggregate research on trends in customer bathroom remodels, drawn from thousands of requests for bathroom remodeling submitted on Thumbtack in the past year.