No-one ever said that getting a new bathroom installed was easy, but the sparkling end result is more than worth the effort it takes to get there. The most crucial thing to remember throughout the process is that it will take time – and the sooner you start planning, the better prepared you’ll be for any unexpected – and unwanted – surprises. Make sure you know exactly what you want before starting the work and research the costs and inconveniences realistically: the last thing you need is to realise that your budget has been exhausted or the planned changes don’t fit into the space available in the middle of renovations!
When it comes to putting this plan in place, it’s often advisable to seek professional advice – ideally, several months ahead of the date you’d like the work to begin. This way, you’ll receive an expert opinion on the various possibilities and can combine your imagined ideal with the practical implications of making such drastic changes to plumbing. Browse bathroom stores and online retailers for ideas, and allow a designer to tweak your plans once you’ve decided on a style and budget. After that, it’s time to start researching contractors, especially if you’re planning any structural changes.
Unless you’re a DIY expert, resist the temptation to tackle the work yourself – bathroom refurbishments are infinitely more complicated than most home improvement projects, and you don’t want to have to pay for extensive repairs to correct your mistakes as well as for the work itself. For the same reason, always check your contractor’s credentials and make sure there’s no room for misinterpretation when it comes to payment and responsibilities.
By the time you’ve completed your research, the date you’ve set aside for the remodelling will be fast approaching. Make sure all the required materials have arrived before the work commences in order to avoid unnecessary delays. Once everything is ready, inform any neighbours who might be inconvenienced by the inevitable noise that comes with large structural changes to the plumbing, as this can be especially difficult for anyone working from home.
It’s also important to empty the bathroom of any linens and products before the workers arrive, and find somewhere else to put them for the duration of the process. For homes with a second bathroom, refurbishments will cause little disruption to the daily routine, but others will have to make do with a certain level of discomfort. This can be especially problematic if there are children in the home, so try to arrange sleepovers and discuss the expected duration of the works with the kids so they know what to expect.
Once everything is set, have a final walk-through of the plans with your contractor to make sure the planned changes are mutually understood and everyone is clear on the scheduled timeline of events, then sit back and watch your new bathroom take shape. A beautiful, well-designed bathroom can add substantially to the value of your home, so handling your refurbishment properly could have significant benefits further down the line when your house is on the market. As seasoned specialists, Engel & Völkers can offer valuable advice to maximise your potential profits – just visit our official E&V website for information.