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Faucet and shower head replacement

Cost: $35 to $499

Upgrading a shower head is a relatively inexpensive and low-effort bathroom remodeling project. Faucets are more complex. Websites such as Lowes.com and HomeDepot.com offer step-by-step tutorials.

Upgrading faucets can be pricey, but if you are relentless in your efforts to save money and stay on budget, it can be done for less than the $500 limit.

Finishes vary. "Some of the most popular are chrome and brushed nickel, with some new finishes including bronze colors," says Wallace. Remember, as you make changes in these key items, finishes should match, if not styles as well.

Wallace says shower heads fall into two basic categories: wall mount and hand-held. Subcategories include standard and rain shower.

Because you are upgrading rather than just replacing a shower head, expect to spend between $35, for the Glacier Bay Drenching 8-inch Downpour Shower Head in chrome at Home Depot, and $427 for a Barclay Brushed Nickel Apollo Showerhead at Lowe's.

A complete tub-shower combination will cost between $115 for the Moen Chrome 2-Handle Tub & Shower Faucet for $74 at Lowe's and the Price Pfister Ashfield Tub and Shower Faucet Set-Up for $235 to $260 -- depending on finish -- at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Sink faucets at several websites surveyed run from $13 to $350.


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