Why Now Is a Great Time to Be a Bathroom Remodeler

People are willing to spend to get their dream bathroom built, and they're more likely than ever to hire specialists to get the job done.

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Houzz recently conducted a study on current trends in the bathroom remodeling space. The study had some wildly varied and very interesting results, as well as some particularly good news for construction professionals who specialize in bathroom remodels.

Among many things, Houzz’s study found that in 2019 people hire pros for 83 percent of bathroom renovations. While the majority of people (46 percent) still choose to hire a general contractor for their renovation, that number has dropped nearly seven percent over the last three years. Meanwhile, the hiring of specialized bathroom remodelers has increased from a rate of 17 percent in 2017 to 20 percent in 2019. People are growing more and more likely to hire construction professionals with a specific knowledge in the area rather than choosing to hire a contractor who works on a broader variety of jobs.

There are a few likely reasons for this, the most obvious being that a contractor who specializes in bathroom remodels will have more relevant experience and expertise in the area. It’s similar to going to see a specialist with a medical issue instead of seeking help from a primary care physician. Sure, the primary care physician could get the job done, but a specialist will know all of the ins and outs of your particular issue, leading to a better overall experience.

The Houzz study also found that the average amount spent on all bathroom remodels increased from 2017 to 2018, going from $7,000 to $8,000. The average spent on major remodels climbed from $10,100 to $12,000. Clearly, people are not averse to spending money to get the bathroom they’ve always wanted in their home.

Here are a few more interesting observations from the study:

  • People are more likely to increase the increase the size of their shower than increase the overall size of the bathroom.
  • Nearly half of renovated bathrooms are without a bathtub.
  • Three in four homeowners upgrade their mirrors when renovating their master bathroom, and over half of those people upgrade to two mirrors.
  • The popularity of high-tech toilets went from 28 percent to 34 percent in the last year alone.

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