How much will my new Bathroom or Kitchen cost?
Your first step is to call us to arrange a free consultation, we can come along and have a look at what you have now, find out what your wish list is, and then tailor a package to suit you and your budget. Lyn is an expert at sourcing the best value products available and so, whether you are looking at entry level, mid level or luxury, she will be able to help you with the best designs and quality for the best prices. It helps if you can give us an idea of budget so that we can tailor a package to suit.
Can I save money by using some of the cheap, imported products that are around?
Here’s a few things to look out for and be aware of:
- Basins and baths: Look for flaws or blemishes in them under certain lights and be aware that some can discolour over time. Some designs may not drain away as efficiently or as quickly as possible, which could mean additional cleaning up after men of the house have a shave?
- Tapware: There are different grades of materials used, both in what you can see and what you can’t. some can be difficult to fit and they can rust or leak (which ultimately means higher plumbing costs). Be particularly wary of taps that are going behind walls – if they leak, the tiles need to come off! Ideally look for taps that have a long warranty
- Shower heads and bath spouts: There are different grades of chrome and stainless steel so although something may appear very cheap, it may rust or leak in a year or two – this is fine if you are happy to simply replace it later down the track but a plumber will obviously charge you to do this, so it may be false economy!
- Vanities: Bathrooms are damp environments so you want to know that your vanity won’t have collapsed and look bedraggled in 6 months time! Have a look at the hinge quality and door or drawer quality. If you look carefully and open and close a few doors and drawers of different price ranges you will soon feel the difference!
- Toilets: Some of the cheap ones have basic design faults meaning that they are difficult to fit, awkward to work on and might leak down the track, so more and more plumbers are refusing to work with some toilets – check with your plumber before you buy!
- Accessories: Again, different grades and qualities of the materials used which will show signs of wear down the track, Some designs can be difficult to get good fixings and so will get wobbly pretty quickly.
There are some great products out there and some not so great! Although you can obviously put whatever you want into your bathroom, you also want your bathroom to look great for many years to come. Quite often, a little careful shopping around and a few extra dollars can make a big difference…and save you money in the long term!!
How long will my kitchen or bathroom renovation take?
A complete kitchen renovation will take approximately 4 – 8 days. Custom made glass splash backs will take an additional 4-5 days to be made up.
These timings depend on how much building work there is to do and assume that all materials have been ordered and, are on site or, ready for delivery.
Is your work guaranteed?
All work over $3300 will be supplied with a QBSA Home Warranty Insurance Certificate which will cover you for 6.5 years against faulty workmanship.
You will also be supplied with a Plumbing Industry Council Form 4 to certify that your new bathroom or kitchen is to council regulations and standards.
Can’t I just get a plumber or handyman in to do the work?
A tiler is licenced to do tiling and a plumber is licenced to do plumbing but not the building and renovating work. On the other hand a registered builder is qualified to direct, oversee and supervise all trades people, to ensure a good job, and he can do a lot of the work himself. If you are not dealing with a registered builder using a legal contract, you may NOT be covered by insurance for renovation work performed by a tiler, a carpenter, a plumber or a cabinet maker. This means your House Insurer may refuse to pay any claim when the work has not been carried out by a registered builder.
Ashley Woodward of Noosa Bathroom & Kitchen Specialists is a Licenced Builder, Plumber, Drainer, Gas Fitter and Wall and Floor Tiler. His QBSA Licence Number is 106623. You can find out if someone is licenced to do your renovation by CLICKING HERE, following the prompts and simply entering their name or licence number.
If your handyman or plumber is not Licenced to do the job, you are not covered for faulty workmanship. This could cost you thousands if you have to rectify faulty workmanship down the track.