Installing a new bathroom

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InstallingaNewBathroom-300x225Here are my 5 tips about Installing a New Bathroom. These can save you heaps!

1. Look for Sales

Bathrooms are sometimes marked up by over 200% in the Showroom so keep an eye out for sales where product prices can be reduced dramatically. Talk to your local plumber – some will let you access their discounts if you pay up front.

2. Choose your fittings before the job is about to start

Before the job is about to start it is far more efficient to have all your selections completed before the tradesmen start. Your builder or plumber can help you with this and it will give you piece of mind know exactly what is being installed.

3. Get involved

The old saying  “the more you put in the more you get out” definitely applies with bathrooms. Work with the builder and plumber and get as much advice and tips possible so you can make more educated decisions and take control of the project.

4. Hot Water

Does your hot water cylinder have enough pressure? In older houses with low pressure putting certain types of tapware in can have a bad effect on an existing low pressure hotwater cylinder and also restricts the variety of tapware you can use. Most of the time it is more efficient to swap the hotwater cylinder to a mains pressure at the same time as the bathroom is being upgraded – this is down to access to more tapware, less call out charges, and the big winner is how much better the shower feels!

5. Use qualified tradesmen

By law plumbers must be licensed or certified to carry work out on any part of plumbing in your house. They also have to carry a card showing that they are licensed and show it to the consumer on request. Make sure your plumber holds a current licence so you can be assured your job is done properly. You should also ask for a “producer statement” this is a document that states that the plumbing has been carried out to the correct standard and also forms a guarantee for a certain amount of time.

Builders are also undergoing the same legislation called the “licenced building practitioner” and will be held accountable for inferior work, this is to safeguard the consumer from defective workmanship. If your builder is a licenced building practitioner he has gone through trade training and registered with the department of labour to prove he/she is capable to carry out such works.

Not using qualified tradesmen can be dangerous and could lead to voiding of insurance if something happened.