A guide to upgrading your bathroom
Is your bathroom looking tired? Could it do with a spruce up? Maybe those tiles are starting to show their age, the taps are beginning to leak or the boiler is on its last legs? Whatever your situation, there’s no doubting that upgrading your bathroom can make a huge difference to your home.
And, if you are thinking about making changes, you’re certainly not alone. A recent study showed that the number of homeowners choosing to carry out improvement projects rather than move had increased five-fold, so it seems more and more people are content to stay put and make alterations rather than seek a ready-made solution elsewhere.
But if you are thinking about renovating your bathroom, there are a number of things you’ll need to consider:
Work out your budget
Of course, everyone’s financial situation will vary, and it’s important that you spend within your means. An entire new bathroom is likely to cost in the thousands of pounds, whereas smaller projects such as fitting a new shower or sink should cost a lot less. So, work out how much you have to play with, and from there you’ll have an idea of what is achievable with the money at your disposal.
Bathroom renovations are not projects to be entered into on a whim. You need to think carefully about what you want, where it will go, and whether there’s enough room for everything – you may find it looks a lot different in reality than it does in your imagination! You also need to consider the practical aspects of the plumbing, and how easy it’s going to be to connect all your units to the water supply.
Use reliable providers
It’s crucial that you use trusted, respectable brands to source your products. There are companies like City Plumbing that offer multiple items such as boilers, radiators, showers and taps, so it may prove a cost-effective option to head to a one-stop shop rather than pick up different products from a wide variety of suppliers.
Call in the professionals
A recent survey found that 25% of Brits like to do their own plumbing, but unless you’re fully qualified or really know what you’re doing, it’s always best to hire the pros. If you were to make a mistake during installation, it could prove extremely costly to fix and all of a sudden your shiny new bathroom will become a whole lot more expensive.