When getting an estimate for the bathroom renovation cost, sometimes people ask a valid question. “Where’s all this money going, anyway?”

Well, here’s a quick breakdown of the typical price of a remodel. Keep in mind that these are general ideas, rather than specifics. The bathroom renovation cost for your home might differ, so don’t think all of this is set in stone.

First, there’s the matter of labour. In many cases, it’s the bulk of the cost.

As a general rule, labour for remodels will be twice the value of the materials. This isn’t always the case, but it happens often enough that it’s a good guideline when budgeting. The work itself covers things like installation and demolition.

If you got real professionals, it might also include relevant insurance.

The more you need to be done, the more labour is required. The more work happens, the more you’re paying. In other words, if all you’re getting is installing a few fixtures, it won’t be that big. If you’re moving wires and plumbing, be prepared to spend a lot of money.

The second huge factor is the layout.

Before we get into this, think for a moment. Will you want – or need – to change things like where the water pipes go? If so, that’s a massive change to the layout.

A new layout will require more work than changing an existing one. Prices will go up, as it could involve a day or two of demolition, plus another day of putting up new components. If the plumbing has to be changed, that’s going to incur its additional costs.

Layout, as you can guess, also causes labour costs to go up.

Finally, there is the matter of materials. This includes not only the tiles, grout, and whatnot, but also things like fixtures.

Most bathroom remodels involve changing something. It could be a new shower fixture installation or a change in the tiles. This falls into the material cost. The better the quality, the higher the price. You can get good deals, but in general, the good stuff will always cost more.

Another element that can cause materials cost to increase is handicap accessibility. These are pricier and can drive up the prices accordingly.

In general, when it comes to materials, you want to get the best you can in your price range. Going for what’s cheap could lead to future repair costs. It’s like delaying the significant expenditure down the road, causing it to get bigger.