1. Planning your project.

Preparation is half the work, so be clear in you own mind exactly what you want to achieve. In respect of visual finishes, be specific and state the brand/product code of  you require for the desire effect.

2. Getting Quotations

Get 3 written quotations for the planned project, detailing the standard/brand of materials being used and what labor items art and are not included. A materials/labor breakdown is a practical means of comparing quotations fairly and an effective method of ensuring all contractors are quoting on the same specification. Omissions can be costly so (privately) list all the project tasks individually that are necessary to complete the job and contain those additional ‘extras’ and budget overruns.

3. Preferred Installer

If your preferred installer has not been referred, ask for client references/contact details for recently completed jobs. While a website is very helpful, the information contained is edited by the owner. Don’t start a project without a background check on who you are letting into your space. Are they honest, sufficiently skilled in their art and fit for purpose? To avoid cowboy operators is advisable to get references and check them out.

4. Material Supply

If you are going to supply the materials (tiles, grout, adhesive, shower panels, trims), consult your installer to ensure the quantities are correct.

5. Ask the installer to check the integrity of the existing bathroom area to identify potential issues before commencing work.

This can eliminate unforeseen cost that may arise due to existing conditions, or as a result of undertaking the project.

6. Inquire as to what form of guarantee the installer offers for work completed.

You certainly don’t want any leaks appearing around the shower tray or bath.  Ask them what type/brand of bath or shower seal they propose to install and if it complies with relevant Codes of Practice.  See if they can give a warranty on the products they are using and  in respect of the quality of workmanship. Get this in writing on the quotation so that you have something to fall back on in the unlikely event that you need to refer to it. A simply guarantee might be that ‘All products and construction methods used will meet relevant Codes of Practice.’

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