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5 Top Tips When Choosing a New Bathroom


When it comes to designing, buying and installing your new dream bathroom, there are a number of key things you need to keep in mind.

Posted on:Nov 27, 2016
Category:In House 
Posted by:isdigital

Changing and updating your bathroom can be a major headache if you don’t do your research properly. Making sure you have every base covered is the only way to get this project sorted with minimal stress. No one likes going without a shower for any length of time, so planning properly is crucial to keeping everyone happy, and protracted, issue-strewn jobs tend to cost a lot more, so planning, and researching is absolutely in your best interests.

To that end, we’ve put together five top tips for choosing your new bathroom.

Make Sure You Have a Toilet and Shower

This might not be too much of an issue if you have a couple of ensuite bathrooms in your property, but if you have just the one bathroom or toilet, you need to do this. While the installation works being completed, and you’re potentially without a shower, bath and toilet, you need to plan and think about where you and your family are going to be showering and going to the toilet. Having a plan in place here is important to allow the project to run smoothly. Being unable to keep clean and comfortably use a toilet can have a devastating effect on morale, and can make what would otherwise seem a quick and easy project feel like it is taking an age to get sorted. If anything, you should over-plan this, and make sure you have a contingency in case some other aspect of the project takes longer than projected.

Get a Great Budget Plan

This can be based on all sorts of factors, but whether you’re going big or sailing on a budget, know that you need a good budget plan. Deciding on your budget for the overall project can be an important part of getting started. Price up all the basic parts, labour and equipment you might need, as well as any bathroom alternatives, or skips, you might need to hire. If in doubt, price over rather than under, as you can always scrimp on certain things later to make a saving, you don’t want to run out of cash and be left without a functioning bathroom and no forward plan.

Where to Buy?

It comes down to two options; you need to make up your mind whether or not you’re going to use primarily online or physical suppliers. Using local stores might seem a nice idea, but you’ve got to remember that physical stores have much higher overheads and practical costs to cover, and their prices can often reflect this. On the other hand, while physical stores are generally more expensive than online options, if you do end up with the incorrect part, it’s much to return or exchange said part, than with an online supplier.

What it comes down to is how reliable and informative the online supplier is, and with the impersonal nature of the internet, reliable, helpful and informative shopping experiences tend to be light on the ground. As well as this, you’ve got to consider whether you’re going to be using primarily bigger chain stores, or smaller independent suppliers. Smaller suppliers might frequently surprise you in value terms, as well as expertise, but generally won’t be able to match the range carried by bigger chain suppliers.

You Need a Time Plan

Planning the overall length and timing of the project is essential. You can’t enter into it, and get started, without knowing how long you’re going to be working on the project for. Having a reasonable time plan allows you to know how long and when you might need a skip or portaloo for, and that’ll make hiring them a lot cheaper. It also lets you set reasonable time-frames for work to be complete by.

Do it yourself or Get the Professionals In?

This might be a no-brainer to some less DIY minded folks, but for some of us doing parts of the fitting is an option. Should you use professionals, or attempt to fit and sort your bathroom yourself? Well, the answer is always going to be use a combination. You know your own skills and limitations, and you should plan accordingly to these limitations. Doing as much as you can yourself can save you money, but it can also slow a project, as professionals will always be quicker at getting jobs done. It just comes down to thinking thoroughly over the details, and making sure there are no unpleasant surprises.

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