04 Feb Advice for first time bathroom renovators
Most home owners get to a stage in life where renovation becomes front of mind.
Perhaps renovations are a necessity, or maybe they’re a luxurious treat. Either way, for every first time renovator there is a lot to think about, and I don’t mean to scare, but there’s also a lot that can go wrong. From deciding to undertake construction work yourself, to tendering your bathroom to external contractors and designers, there are lots of things to think about, and many things to watch out for. Below are some point for first time renovators to keep in mind. Create an interior you will love for years to come and don’t let anyone pull the wool over your eyes.
Quote it once, quote it twice and just to be sure, quote it three times
It’s unfortunate, but a fact of life, people will overcharge anyone they think they can. When tendering your bathroom project, or any renovation for that matter, always get three quotes. Three quotes will allow you ascertain a reasonable price for your renovation. General rule is one quote will be ridiculous, quote two will sit in the middle of the three, and your final quote will be a bargain. Should all three come in around the same mark, at least you know all quotes received are fair and honest. Always check labour costs and specification, sometimes the most expensive quote might just allow for more labour time (which in most renovations is needed), or high spec products have been nominated. Never go for the cheapest quote. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Renovator beware, in construction, bargain deals normally cost more in the long run. Middle range quotes are your best option, I recommend using this quote, with the highest price received to come to an agreement with your preferred trades person or consultant. Again, make sure you read what is included in your quote and know exactly what you are paying for.
Choose trades people on referrals
“Trades people are unreliable” – it’s an old cliché, but unfortunately for the innocent first time home renovator, it can become reality. Talk to friends and friends of friends to find reliable, trustworthy and skilled tradespeople. Generally for bathroom renovations you will require a plumber, or depending on your own skill, potentially a plumber, tiler and cabinet maker. Research at the beginning of your bathroom renovation for smooth stress free construction.
Comparing multiple quotes is important, but so to is being a realist. Bathrooms cost money. Labour costs money. Fittings and fixtures cost money. Like anything the more research and preparation done in the beginning, the better the final outcome. When starting your bathroom renovation, my advice is to write a bathroom wishlist. List fittings and fixtures you want in your new bathroom and source pricing from manufactures or suppliers for each item. Your list will start to form a ballpark figure as to how much money you will be putting into your new room. Pricing fittings and fixtures at this stage of the game will avoid nasty shocks when you’re halfway through your project and you head out shopping. When speaking with external design consultants or plumbers, it also gives you an understanding of how much they should be charging for shower screens, bathtubs, toilets, vanities, tiles and tap ware.
Dedicate time to searching and thinking
The first tile you like is probably not going to be the tile you will like for the next 10 years. Décor themeing and style planning take time. Don’t rush the design process, rather, try and enjoy it. Regardless of if you’re designing or outsourcing, you will always need to make final decisions on tile selection, overall colour scheme and vanity style. Do yourself a favour, purchase design magazines, spend some time on Pinterest and read design blogs to ensure you create a bathroom interior you will love for years to come.