Before You Start Work On New Bathroom Consider ...

What every homeowner should know before they start work on their new bathroom

A new bathroom is a room to enjoy. But it needs to be properly planned and installed to achieve the right result.

5 bathroom design considerations

Colour is a big factor to consider. Which colour would suit the available space? You should also consider whether you want a shower room, a bath or both - space could be a premium here. There are also different styles of showers and baths, so choose the one that suits you best. A wet room could be another option.

Tiles are another area worth noting. Walls can be half or fully tiled, and you may also tile the floor if you wish. Decide what kind of lighting is required too, depending on how much natural light comes in and whether you need mood lighting or more practical lighting.

6 considerations when choosing a bathroom fitter

Proper plumbers' qualifications are a must. In addition electrical qualifications are also required to get the job done. Electrical fittings should be placed in the right areas, and they should also be suitable for bathrooms. Proper wiring is also required in bathrooms, in accordance with the latest guidelines.

The fitter should also complete all work according to the different zones within a bathroom. Electrical earthing is also vital to do in a bathroom, so as to minimise any chance of shocks. The fitter should also be aware of the rules involving the installation of an extractor fan.

Another important point to note is that the fitter should be aware of the ideal spacing around each item of bathroom furniture, i.e. the sink and toilet. Finally Building Regulations Approval may need to be sought if certain items are being relocated and you need to move the plumbing or soil pipe.

Make sure they offer a written IBG (Insurance Backed Guarantee) to cover the work if they go out of business. They should also be a member of a trade association, as well as being a certified plumber and electrician.

Look for competitive prices as well and make sure they are known for providing outstanding work at all times. If you can view previous jobs you will see how good they are - or not, as the case may be. Finally don't discount getting recommendations from people you know. It's the best way to ensure you get the right person for the job. It is always worth spending more time focusing on choosing the right fitter, and getting one that fully insures their work, even if they go out of business later on.

Business Owners

5 ways to bring in new business as a bathroom fitter

The KBB shows in London and Birmingham are a good place to start, but you can also advertise on your local radio station to catch people's interest. Make sure every job you complete is to the highest standards too, as this will ensure word of mouth referrals.

Don't discount sending out flyers locally either, and don't forget to build a web site as this will help people find you online.

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