Deciding to renovate your bathroom is an exciting decision—you might have spent years enduring a damp and dingy bathroom, dealing with leaky taps and cracked tiles, and now you have the chance to turn it into the stylish and relaxing room you deserve.
You’ve spent hours looking at inspiration, and found your ideal suite, perfect fittings, and all the accessories you need. The only thing standing in your way is actually getting it fitted.
Having any work done on your home can be stressful, but finding the right tradesperson to perform the work can mean the difference between smooth sailing and tearing your hair out. The folks at MyBuilder.com are dedicated to helping homeowners find the best tradesmen, and they certainly know a few things about how to find a good bathroom fitter. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re trying to turn your dream bathroom into a reality.
1. Do your research
You probably spent weeks daydreaming about the kind of suite you wanted, and spent sleepless nights trying to decide on the paint scheme—the duck egg or cornflower blue? After putting in all that time and thought, the last thing you want is to undermine it all by picking a bathroom fitter on the spur of the moment.
Whereas once upon a time you may have looked through a directory or hoped that a friend might be able to recommend a trusted person, you now have a wealth of options for researching potential tradesmen. On MyBuilder.com, each tradesperson is reviewed by past customers, giving you the chance to see what other homeowners really thought of them. When you do meet up with potential tradesmen, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask them about their experience or to see pictures of their past jobs. Many tradesmen will be able to put you in touch with past clients so you can speak to them directly about their work.
2. Check they’re familiar with your kind of job
Bathroom refits can be a relatively simple replacement of units, or a full-blown renovation job that strips everything back and reshapes the room. Whatever the scope of your job, you need to ensure that the fitter you hire is up to the task, and has done similar jobs before. If the work involves electrical work, such as adding a new circuit or installing a power shower, they will also have to be a qualified electrician, who is able to self-certify their work, or they should be able to recommend one to cover that aspect of the fitting.
3. Get quotes that cover everything
As with many larger jobs, when fitting a new bathroom it can be worth speaking to at least three tradesmen to get quotes for the job. In order to accurately compare quotes, it is important that they include everything; all the labour, any materials they will provide, subcontracting if needed—even costs such as removing and disposing of the old bath and basin, if that forms part of the project. Ideally, the tradesmen will have seen the job in person to give an accurate quote. While it is natural to want to save money where possible, remember that the cheapest one may not necessarily be the best option, and that experience and reliability are the key factors to look out for.
A bathroom has to put up with a lot of wear and tear over its lifespan, so make sure you hire a bathroom fitter who will give it the attention it deserves. Once you’ve pampered your bathroom, you’ll be free to pamper yourself.
To help estimate the cost of your job, find out how much a bathroom costs to install.