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If you are reading this, then chances are that you are thinking about, or have plans to remodel or renovate your bathroom. The renovation process can be quite tasking and time-consuming, hence when it is done; it has to be done carefully. Here are 5 do’s and don’ts of bathroom renovation you should consider before you get into the renovation process!
1. Don’t hire a plumber!
Yup! Skip the plumber – hire a Bathroom renovation company. While plumbers would most likely just run your pipework and perhaps install the fixtures, engaging a professional renovation company who is able to oversee your project from the demolition stage to the completion stage as well as organize the right sequence of trades is a whole lot more beneficial.
Hiring a professional might come at an extra cost but it would save you the overwhelming stress of project-managing your bathroom renovation yourself – especially if you have very little to no experience with bathroom renovations. Not to mention your lack of experience or that of the plumber could be costly. If you are in and around Calgary, you can easily hire a professional when looking to do Calgary Bathroom renovations.
2. Don’t even try to DIY
In fact, don’t let the thought of DIY linger when it pops up.
Your bathroom might need waterproofing, and this is a task reserved for a licensed professional. Just because you spot some waterproofing gear at your local hardware store, shouldn’t fire you up to do your renovation on your own. The costs of fixing a leak that deteriorates because you attempted to cut costs can be astronomical.
What most DIY enthusiasts would not tell you is that DIY means you have to forfeit your insurance if something goes wrong!
3. Do buy materials that comply with your local standards.
For some countries or states, a plumber or builder may be prohibited by law to install materials or products that do not comply with the state or government standards. What this means is, no matter how much you like that imported bathtub, you can’t have it!
It is best to save yourself the stress and buying from specialist bathroom stores. Be sure to choose reputable brands – they are more likely to have spare parts within reach!
- Don’t skip antiquated pipework
Chances are that when you hire a builder or even a plumber, they would suggest a pipe upgrade. Ignoring this suggestion could be potentially costly. Years of usage means the water pressure in your pipes would be significantly reduced because sediments have formed in the pipes. It is advisable to replace all the water pipes if you have the budget to do so.
5. Do avoid overcapitalizing.
When you start out with a bathroom renovation, it is pretty easy to get ahead of yourself. You might want an expensive tap head that caught your fancy at the hotel you stayed in when you visited Dubai or that amazing heated toilet seat that kept your butt warm – you know, that one the commercials always talk about… don’t give in to your cravings and then over spend!
It’s okay to go all out in your own house, but if you are renovating as a tenant, then it’s just expense that you probably would regret!