Your Handy Bathroom Renovation Checklist
Managing a bathroom renovation job by yourself can get complex, and without careful planning things can quickly go off schedule. Renovating your bathroom is well worth the time and money spent as a new bathroom can add value to your home, as well as providing you with a practical space that’s a pleasure to spend time in.
If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom there are a few key things to have in place before you start, as well as steps you should take to keep your project on track. Read on to discover your handy bathroom renovation checklist, to help you create your dream bathroom with no fuss…
1. Set a budget
The first thing to do before you tackle your bathroom renovation is to set a budget and stick to it. A bathroom finished to a high standard and with everything you need is worth its weight in gold, but it’s easy to get carried away when you’re in the middle of an exciting renovation project, ordering extras here and there and agreeing to additional work. Before you know it you’ve spent double what you intended.
Set a budget early on. Start to browse bathroom suites online to get an idea of how much things cost, and ask friends and family how much they have spent previously on bathroom renovations. You don’t want to pay over the odds, but you also want to set a realistic budget so that you achieve the results you want.
2. Take measurements
The next step before you start looking at suites and individual fittings is to take measurements. At this stage it’s a good idea to think about the layout and where you might see everything fitting. Take measurements for the bath/shower, toilet, sink and floor and wall measurements for floor and wall tiles. Knowing all of this will help you when it comes to ordering your bathroom as well as obtaining an accurate quote from a fitter.
3. Establish a scheme
Now you have your budget and measurements, it’s time to start thinking about the style you want to achieve. You might already have some pretty solid ideas, but it’s important to establish these and get an idea of what you like and what you really don’t like. Pinterest is a great way to start to build a clear picture of the stye that you want to achieve. Start by browsing bathrooms on Pinterest and create your own board. Once you start pinning images you’ll quickly see a clear theme starting to emerge.
4. Find bathroom fitter
Now you have established the style you want to achieve and the fittings you will need it’s time to find your bathroom fitter. Sites like MyBuilder.com are helpful here, as you can post your job so that interested tradesmen can get in touch to arrange a quote. It is recommended that you get three or more quotes so that you can compare and find a fitter that’s right for you.
5. Establish realistic timescales
When you have found your fitter it’s time to start thinking about timings. Arrange a start date so that you can ensure everything arrives on time for your fitter to get started. It is also important to arrange an estimated finish date, so that you can put anything in place that you might need, such as arranging temporary accommodation while the work is carried out.
6. Order your fixtures and fittings
Now that you know your start date, it’s time to start ordering what you need to ensure everything is ready on time. If you are buying a suite this makes things relatively straight forward, but if you are shopping around this requires more precise planning. Choosing your fixtures and fittings from different brands will create a more unique finish, so is well worth the extra time and effort. If you are having anything made to measure you may have to plan ahead a little further, to allow for any extra time here.
7. Keep things on track
The work has finally begun and you can see your new bathroom taking shape. Work can easily slip behind though, especially if there isn’t someone project managing full time. When you can, check in with your fitter, ask if there is anything that they see delaying the project and if there is anything else they need. Communication is key to keeping things on track.
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