Bathroom Renovation Dos and Don’ts Every Homeowner Must Know

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A bathroom renovation can be one of your best investments, but it can also be one of the most expensive if not planned well. It may be one of the smallest areas in your house, but there is a lot to consider before remodelling works begin. Avoid costly mistakes with the help of these tips from our team at CMD Bathroom Renovations.

Do consider the hidden costs when making your budget

To be on the safe side experts generally, advise including at least a twenty percent buffer for unexpected costs when budgeting for your bathroom renovation. Some homeowners focus too much on the end product and fail to consider other important aspects of their bathroom remodel project. For example, you might have to deal with outdated plumbing works or from a leak behind your walls. There is also the building works, which could involve demolition jobs, levelling floors, moving doorways, and disposing of waste. It pays to do your homework well so you can make a proper budget for your bathroom renovation.

Don’t get carried away

Know your limits. With all the beautiful taps and fixtures available, you can easily get carried away. Work within your budget and determine if a particular addition would really increase the value for value of your property. If you are planning to sell in the future, consider if you are going to get your money.

You should also think about whether or not your planned design is actually feasible. Experts can advise you more on this.

Do work with bathroom renovation experts

It can be tempting to go DIY, but most remodelling professionals will advise against it. One reason is it can void your insurance policy since most plans do not cover DIY work. Another reason is, if you have little to no experience, installing fixtures the wrong way can end up damaging the pipework. As a result, you could end up with repair costs that far outweigh the renovation budget or your savings.

Don’t forget to inform renovators ahead of time of any special plans or specifications

If you require a taller shower head or want to adjust the height of the sink, make sure to let your contractors know beforehand or they will follow standard heights and you’d end up paying for modifications. In addition, some modern bathroom fixtures require special installation procedures. For example, recessed cisterns have to be installed before walls are sheeted and tiled. Telling builders what you want ahead of time, clearly communicating your needs can help them in planning how to proceed with your remodel.

Do comply with regulations

Buy products and follow building regulations that meet Australian standards. Make sure that fancy shower head you’ve been eyeing has the Australian Standard WaterMark. Traders are not allowed to install products that don’t carry the certification trademark. Moreover, any work done in your bathroom should abide by local building laws, so check the regulations in your area before making your plans. Finally, don’t forget you need to get waterproofing done. This is one aspect that most Australian homeowners overlook in their bathroom remodelling projects.

Don’t touch the pipework and walls as much as possible

This can significantly minimise costs. But do check and upgrade your old pipework if needed, especially if your house is fitted with galvanised steel lines (popular in the 1960s). These pipelines tend to leach lead and become rusty and flake off as they age. They can also affect water quality and pressure.

Do incorporate mirrors

A popular tip from bathroom renovation specialists is to include mirrors for several reasons. For one, it can give the illusion of more room, making a small area appear more spacious. For another, it can add to the natural lighting, especially when it is facing a window. This is because the incoming light is amplified when it is reflected by the mirror. A better illuminated and seemingly larger toilet and bath are more attractive to future buyers.

Don’t overlook finding an alternative bathroom to use while work is being done

If you don’t have a spare toilet and bath in your home, make arrangements before builders begin any work. Houses of neighbours and family are some alternatives. There is also our Ensuite in Tow service, which includes bringing a portable bathroom to your house. It is clean, hygienic, and comfortable, providing you the ultimate convenience. This way, you have fewer worries and can focus more on turning your toilet and bath into your property’s showpiece with the help of our professional renovation and plumbing services.

If you don’t have a spare toilet and bath in your home, make arrangements before builders begin any work. Houses of neighbours and family are some alternatives. There is also our Ensuite in Tow service, which includes bringing a portable bathroom to your house. It is clean, hygienic, and comfortable, providing you the ultimate convenience. This way, you have fewer worries and can focus more on turning your toilet and bath into your property’s showpiece with the help of our professional renovation and plumbing services.

With the right planning, your bathroom remodelling project can transform a small, damp, and dated space into a luxe, functional, and relaxing area that delivers the wow factor.