1) Plan

Take exact area measurements and plan you project to scale. Select the size of bath, shower tray, sink or toilet you can facilitate – without a squeeze! I know it all seems very basic, but you wouldn’t believe how many get the basics wrong.

2) Get the facts

If this is a contract project, make sure all trades are priced up before you start. List all trades required, agree their specification and get the associated cost associated.  Ensure each trade visits the site, does a thorough evaluation of the current bathroom condition and include necessary up-grades to meet current standards. For example, can you bathroom heater be reused? Are the electrics in good condition.?

3) Maximise Space

If you are doing a total refit get some suggestions from the plumber as to where you should reposition all the components (esp. heater, sink and toilet) to maximize the bathroom space

4) Electrics

You may need to get an electrician to check all the electrics, especially light fittings and power shower circuits (if required) to make sure they meet current requirements – again this helps avoid any unforeseen extra costs.

5) Referral & Recommendations

Check with your friends/family for a recommended contractors they have used and can recommend,  make sure to get 3 quotes for the job. While you may not always opt for the cheapest quotation, it is a great way to check that you have a comprehensive specification and that you are getting value for money.

6) Time-frame

Finally before you commence the bathroom make-over, get exact dates for commencing the work and finish dates, make it clear in writing that this one of your criteria in the decision making process. It might be worth suggesting that you expect a 5% discount if they run over time!

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