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How to Save Money off of a Pittsburgh Bathroom Renovation

If you are looking for a bathroom, kitchen, basement, or any other type of home improvement project  renovation,  you’re likely to hire a contractor within the Pittsburgh area. Whenever you get quotes from different contractors, compare on an apples to apples basis. In other words, differentiate each contractor on the basis of their experience, quality, gut feel, and hourly rate, rather than the building materials that they use. Pittsburgh contractors may come from different neighborhoods: Greenfield, Oakland, East Liberty, Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville, etc.  But they all get their building supplies from the same Home Depot or Lowe’s that you yourself go to.

Some people in the Pittsburgh area assume that the contractor has a pre-determined list of materials that is untouchable. Fact is, the choice is up to you. Give your contractor a list of the things you want in your bathroom renovation so that they can go to the Waterfront Lowe’s, or the East Liberty Home Depot, and get it themselves.

Here are some ways you can save on building materials and add as much value to your renovation…

Choose a humble vanity. In fact, if you go on eBay, you’ll find plenty of contemporary looking vanities that will add some flair and style for less than half the price of a vanity that you can get at Lowe’s or Home Depot in Pittsburgh. Simply buy the vanity yourself and have the Pittsburgh contractor or plumber your hired, install it.

Get durable, but not expensive, floor tiles. Your floor doesn’t have to have granite tiles with fancy looking designs. However, at all costs, do not put anything that resembles a rug or a carpet in your bathroom. You’ll get a moldy/smelly bathroom, which none of your Pittsburgh house guests would appreciate.

Use painted walls rather than expensive tile. A bathroom, which has a well thought out color scheme can work just as well, if not better, than a bathroom that is completely tiled up.

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