For financial reasons it is can be tempting to fit a new bathroom by yourself, but few of us really understand the complexity and difficulty of such a job. When dealing with pipework and water mains, it's generally better to leave the work to a professional. if you bodge a DIY installation or repair, even the smallest leak or burst pipe can take days to repair and may event end up costing more than hiring a professional plumber in the first place! There are other ways to reduce costs while still using a professional to ensure the job is done right, for example you can do some of the basic removal work and supply most of the new materials yourself. The average cost of fitting a bathroom across the UK ranges from £200 to £2000, but bathrooms are generally the one room in the house where it is worth going the extra mile to ensure that the job is done just right.
Bathrooms can be completely transformed with a new design style and new bathroom suite, improving the feel of the room. However, the prospect of completely redesigning bathrooms can be overwhelming for many of us, which is why seeking expert design and styling advice is so popular prior to starting any bathroom renovation projects.
Bathrooms are usually one of the smallest rooms in the house, so, it is imperative to accurately measure the room before planning changes, assessing the best way to use the space and the facilities that you wish to include. The way in which plumbing is laid out in bathrooms can have a large influence on the type of bathroom suite or equipment that can be installed. Completely changing the existing plumbing layout can greatly increase the cost of the project. It is often best to use a professional to ensure that you won't run into problems further down the line.
If you're looking for a good plumber to install your bathroom, but don't know where to start, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), and the APHC (Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors) can suggest guidelines to ensure you get the right person for the job. You can also ask for references and names of previous clients and look at their previous work, if possible. In any case, when choosing a bathroom professional, ensure they have an office address, telephone number and they use headed notepaper. Check they are a member of a reputable trade association such as CIPHE or APHC, get a written quotation or estimate (and make sure you understand the difference between the two), agree any payments before work starts, always get more than one estimate and ask for an insurance-backed warranty for all the work.
Avoid any company with high pressure sales people, do not sign anything you have not read or fully understand, avoid advance payments and demands for cash payments. if things do go wrong despite your best efforts, try and resolve problems quickly and put everything in writing. If there are still problems, get advice from a solicitor or the Citizens Advice Bureau, Trading Standards, Building Control or directly contact the relevant Trade Association id appropriate. The easiest way to gather quotes from recommended bathroom fitters in your local area is of course to use the free MyJobQuote service! Simply provide details of the job along with your contact details, then sit back and relax while reliable bathroom fitters near you get in touch with estimates and advice.