When it comes to updating our homes, we know the value areas are kitchens and bathrooms. They’re also the areas where you need the most tradesmen. An electrician, tiler, plumber, cabinet maker, water proofer… it can be very overwhelming.
But it doesn’t always have to be that difficult. Here’s a handy checklist to help you get started on that bathroom reno you’ve been putting off for months.
- Decide on a style
Have a look at your bathroom and decide how much remodelling is needed. Do you want a completely new look or does your bathroom just need a re-fresh?
There is an unlimited source of images and inspiration online, and some simple changes such as new tapware, a lick of paint and a new mirror or shower screen may be all that is needed to update the room and is easily done on your own.
- Plan your budget
Be realistic when planning your bathroom budget. Make sure you have accounted for all your materials as well as hourly rates for any professionals you may need to hire and then add 20 per cent.
Don’t forget to shop around when looking for your materials, as you may be surprised to find a bargain on Gumtree or Facebook marketplace.
Handyman’s hot tip – Remember to drain the toilet before removing it so as to avoid any unwanted water spills!
- Prepare for demolition
Depending on how much you are removing, you may be well served to hire a skip bin for all the removals. If you haven’t got a bin full, then consider borrowing a friend’s trailer or hiring one from your local hardware store. Be careful not to damage any pipes or power lines when removing tiles from the walls.
- Know when to hire a professional
Keep in mind that some jobs will require a professional, and when it comes to electricity and plumbing, you’ll want to make sure you have a qualified tradesperson to get it right. You may also consider a tiler, depending on your confidence in your tiling skills.
If you’ve got your heart set on revamping your bathroom but are not sure where to start, call Oliver from Select Maintenance – 0403 592 271 or check us out on Facebook.