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8 Factors That Affect the Cost of a Bathroom Remodel

Starting a bathroom remodel is an exciting venture that allows homeowners to transform an outdated space into a sanctuary of style and comfort. However, the journey to a newly remodeled bathroom comes with its own set of considerations, especially when it comes to budget. 

In this blog, we dive into the details of the factors that influence the cost of a bathroom remodel. From the existing plumbing setup to the scope of your project, material choices, and the quality of work, understanding these variables is essential for anyone looking to start a bathroom remodeling project. 

Whether you’re aiming for a modest tub or shower replacement or a lavish full bathroom remodel, considering these factors will empower you to make informed decisions and ensure that your dream bathroom aligns seamlessly with your budget. 

1. Current Plumbing Setup 

The state of the current plumbing setup is a factor that can significantly influence the cost of a bathroom remodel. The existing plumbing infrastructure serves as the foundation for various fixtures and features in the bathroom. When contemplating a redesign, it’s crucial to assess the condition of the plumbing to determine if modifications are necessary to accommodate the new layout or fixtures. 

In cases where the design calls for a reconfiguration of the bathroom layout, such as relocating a shower, bathtub, or sink, upgrading or rerouting pipes becomes necessary. Adjusting the plumbing so that it aligns seamlessly with the new space will prevent potential issues down the line. However, the need for such modifications adds to the project’s complexity, contributing to increased labor costs and potentially requiring additional materials.

Out With the Old, In with the New — Pipes 

Older plumbing systems can pose unique challenges during a bathroom remodel. Aging pipes may be prone to corrosion, leaks, or other forms of deterioration. Starting a bathroom remodel with old plumbing may require more work, including the replacement of pipes and fixtures. However, getting those old pipes replaced during your remodel may save you thousands in the long run. You don’t want water damage or mold to develop because of those old leaky pipes. 

A thorough look at the current plumbing setup is important before the project begins. This evaluation allows for a full understanding of the potential scope of plumbing work required, allowing contractors to budget appropriately and plan for any necessary upgrades or adjustments to the existing plumbing infrastructure. 

2. Unknown Problems with Rot and Mold

Unexpected issues do arise in remodels of all shapes and sizes. In older houses, discovering hidden problems like rot or mold behind the walls or under an old bathtub or shower is not an uncommon occurrence. Mold and rot are caused by water damage or dampness, usually from poor ventilation or a damaged shower or tub. 

In most bathroom renovation projects, you won’t run into these issues and while some projects will uncover mold even fewer projects have rotting issues. If we discover rotted subfloors under your tub or shower, we’ll replace them for you for free. 

Mold can only grow with a water source so where better for mold to thrive than under a leaky tub? If we see mold when replacing a tub, we’ll spray to kill that mold, fix whatever leak caused it, and cover it up so it doesn’t cause issues in the future. We also install high-quality acrylic tubs and shower pans with a lifetime warranty, so you won’t have to worry about a leaky tub causing a mold issue ever again.  

A recent job we completed where we discovered mold underneath the existing tile. We cleaned up that mold and ensured it won't continue to grow.

3. Quality of Work

Choosing the right bathroom remodeling company might mean a slightly higher cost upfront, but it is a smart investment in the long run. You don’t want a poorly remodeled bathroom that you’re just going to have to remodel again in a few years. For example, our installers at EZPro Baths Express have years of bathroom remodeling experience, and the work they do — and our high-quality materials — lasts a long time and looks fantastic. 

By investing in a bathroom crafted by seasoned experts, you minimize the need for frequent repairs and renovations. This means less money spent on constant fixes, making the initial investment in a reputable remodeling company a wise financial decision in the grand scheme of things. As the old saying goes, “buy it nice, or buy it twice.” 

Full time bathroom remodel installers
Our installers are full-time employees with years of bathroom remodeling experience.

4. Amount of Work Being Done

How much you want to change your bathroom in your renovation will inevitably make a big difference in the cost. If you’re just replacing a tub or shower, it won’t break the bank. But if you’re thinking about major changes like redoing the floors or vanities as well, be prepared for a higher cost. Altering the plumbing or making big changes takes more time and materials, which can also raise the price tag. 

Have a clear vision of the changes you really want and keep in mind how they might impact your budget before diving into your bathroom renovation.

5. Material Choices

Choosing materials and fixtures for your bathroom is a game-changer. It not only impacts how it looks but also affects the overall cost. Opting for fancy materials or unique fixtures can give your bathroom a nice touch but might bump up the price. The good news? There are alternatives that look good and won’t break the bank. It’s about finding that sweet spot between what you like and what fits your budget. So, don’t stress – striking a balance can make your bathroom both stylish and affordable. 

At EZPro Baths Express we have extensive options when it comes to materials you can choose from. From floors and countertops to cabinetry and simulated tile wall patterns. Check out our wall colors, styles, & patterns page to get an idea of what you can choose from. 

6. Changing Your Bathroom Layout

Changing how your bathroom is set up is a big decision that can make things more complicated and costly. Creating the bathroom that you’ve dreamed of is important, but some options just won’t be feasible. Keep in mind if you want to move things around drastically, like where the sink or shower is, it means more work. It’s not just about moving stuff physically; it can affect the plumbing and electrical systems too. So, before you decide to make big changes, think about whether it’s worth the extra effort and money. 

7. Flooring

Certain materials, such as fancy tiles or real wood, can be pricey. On the flip side, options like vinyl offer a great look without burning a hole in your wallet. Vinyl was made for the bathroom so unlike materials like tile or wood, it’s super waterproof. Vinyl gets an undeserved bad rap. The new luxury vinyl we use is super high quality and you can customize it to your heart’s content. You can even make it look exactly like tile without the drawbacks that real tile brings. 

Also, consider how tricky it is to install the flooring – that can impact labor costs. The key is to strike a balance between the appearance you want, your budget, and practicality. 

Our scratch-resistant luxury vinyl retains heat much better than tile or linoleum and is totally leak-free and slip-resistant

8. Cabinets & Vanities

Deciding on cabinets and vanities is a big part of making your bathroom look good. Custom ones made just for you might cost more, but they fit your needs perfectly. If you want to save money, pre-made ones are an option, but they might not be as unique. Choosing high-quality materials, finishes, and upgrades can also add to the cost. It’s all about what matters most to you and finding a good mix. 

While adding vanities or cabinets to your bathroom remodel project adds to the cost, it also really brings the room together.


There are many factors that affect the cost of a bathroom remodel. While most bathroom remodeling companies provide a quote that could be way off the eventual cost, at EZPro Baths Express we only give an exact price once one of our design consultants sees the space and works with you on designing your dream bathroom. 

We also offer extremely competitive pricing and a wide range of financing options to help you keep your new bathroom on budget.

If you’re looking for a bathroom remodeling company to help you get started on your project and are located in central or eastern North Carolina or northeastern South Carolina, we’d love to help you design your dream bathroom. Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch to schedule your free in-home design consultation.

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