How much does a bathroom renovation cost in New Zealand?

If you are thinking about renovating your bathroom, it’s important that you have a decent idea of the costs involved so you can budget correctly.

We offer bathroom renovations in Auckland, and can advise clients the costs involved in renovating a bathroom, as well as other things you might need to consider before beginning your renovation project.

What is the typical bathroom renovation cost in New Zealand?

The cost for renovating a bathroom can fluctuate, but on average, property owners can expect to pay anywhere from $16,000 to $30,000 for a complete bathroom renovation in NZ.

But keep in mind, these figures is not set and costs will depend on an assortment of details including the sizes of the bathroom, the type of work that are needed to complete the renovation.

Size will always have an impact on costs

Put simply, the larger the bathroom, the larger the cost to renovate. The below figures are just guides that can be expected for the average bathroom.

Average bathroom cost per square meter

Bathroom size (square m2) Total Price
1×2 (2m2) $5,500 – $10,000
2×2 (4m4) $10,000 – $16,000
3×2 (6m2) $14,000 – $20,000
4×2 (8m2) $18,000 – $30,000
10m2+ $30,000++

Other considerations for a bathroom renovation project

When you start a bathroom renovation there are other things to consider before starting. Think about the following –

If you have worked out the questions above, you are well on your way to being able to provide a good scope of works. The scope of works is important as it defines the project – whether its large or small, you need to know whats being done as it affects cost.

Maybe your bathroom will need to be completely gutted with replacement of all fittings and fixtures, or maybe it will be more simple upgrades to items in the same place. This matters because taking out an old shower cubicle and replacing it with a new one will cost less than moving the plumbing to a new location and installing a full tile shower.  

Bathroom Renovation Budget

The main thing to know before you start any renovation is how much you want  to spend. Renovations are one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home, but if you want to take advantage from the capital gains, it is vital to keep your home’s resale value in mind when working out your costs.

As a general rule of thumb, you want to budget at least 2% of the property value on your bathroom renovation. So for instance, the current REINZ house valuation in NZ is about $700,000. This means your rough budget for the bathroom should be $14,000. With the average Auckland house price being  just shy of $950,000, you’ll want to look at $19,000 as your budget.

If you are renovating your bathroom to enhance a sale price you’ll probably want to budget more to make an impact – as they say, Bathrooms & kitchens sell houses, so increase the spend to increase your sale chances. .

How to refresh your bathroom on a budget (Doing a quick makeover instead of complete renovation)

It’s important to think about what products you are using. If you are simply refreshing your bathroom to sell, don’t waste your money on extravagance, In its place, use more budget-friendly but stylish products.

Complete bathroom renovations

If require more space, better functionality or a different configuration, you are going to have to do a complete bathroom renovation.

This will be more expensive as it requires more work, including but not limited to:

How to save money on a bathroom renovation

It is conceivable to save money on bathroom renovation.. Here are some tips:

Don’t buy an expensive  fancy  toilet: Stylish toilets are a luxury but not a necessity. Stick to good quality-user friendly standard toilets. They are easier to install and parts are much easier to get. If you want to save even more money, look for a low flow toilet that will use less water which will reduce your water bill.

Look for tiles that fit into your budget: You can find a lot of great floor tiles at competitive prices when you shop around.

Lighting: Install LED lights. These cost a fraction to run compared to the old filament type

Don’t buy expensive imported taps & mixers: Buying fancy imported bathroom might make the bathroom feel luxurious, but you can save hundreds or dollars by buying local good quality equipment.

Paint your own walls or do the demo work yourself. The more work you can do without getting in your contractors way, means they don’t have to do it for you. Talk to them about works you can do yourself to save some money.

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