Listen, we know there are some big league DIY players out there who can make light work of fitting one of our high quality bathrooms.
So the 70% of homeowners who take on DIY jobs themselves absolutely know what they’re doing, right?
Sadly, no. According to research by the Halifax Home Maintenance Monitor, botched bathrooms typically cost us £339 to put right – and on top of that sad statistic, there are around 32,000 accidental damage claims a year here in the UK.
So unless you really are a DIY big leaguer, tackling that revamp yourself could prove to be false economy, costing much more than you originally estimated.
Calling in a professional can be a potential minefield too, but worry not, because here are some tips to sourcing someone who can do justice to your new BathEmpire purchase:
1. Will all the work be carried out in one go?
Bathroom revamps can be a disruptive business, and naturally you want the job done asap. The good news is you can save time and money by hiring tradespeople who have plumbing, electrical and tiling skills.
2. Are they properly qualified?
Renovations need to conform to building regulations, covering everything from ventilation to drainage and waste, energy conservation and electrical safety. Request evidence of their qualifications and don’t be afraid to ask for references. Better still, “Google” the company – you can bet that any disgruntled ex-customer will have made their feelings known online. And remember, if you employ a tradesperson and any kind of incident occurs, it’s your responsibility as the building owner to rectify the situation.
3. Get a comprehensive quote
Worried that the cost will spiral out of control? Request a detailed quote before hiring to avoid going over your budget. Don’t be tempted to agree to a day rate – get a price for the whole job to ensure there’s no incentive for the company you’ve hired to drag out the work. Ideally, get quotes from a minimum of three reputable companies. And if one quote is massively lower than the others, that’s really good? Not necessarily – some things in life really are too good to be true, so make sure you get a recommendation, preferably from someone you know, and always request any quote in writing to protect yourself.