So you've decided you'd like to change your bathroom. You're bored of the same old suite and would like some more up to date tiles, fixtures and fittings. But how do you go about choosing the right bathroom fitters for the job?
As bathroom fitters in Ripley, Belper & Alfreton, Derbyshire, we pride ourselves on the quality of work we provide, from the initial design, right through to fitting and completion. So we thought we'd put together a list of things you should check when choosing a bathroom fitter.
1.Check The Fitter's Recommendations, Reviews & Testimonials
Nowadays you can find reviews and testimonials for nearly every business all over the internet, so finding some for your bathroom fitter shouldn't be very difficult at all. Firstly, check their website. They should have testimonials on there. Then you should check websites like CheckATrade or Trusted Trader. These reviews are checked carefully by these companies and verified, so you'd be getting a realistic idea of what that company is like. They will also have an overall score that will give you an indication too.
Of course the other thing to do is ask friends and family. If someone's just had a bathroom refurbishment, then they are likely to recommend the fitter if they're happy with their new bathroom.
2. Check How Long They've Been Operating
A fly by night operation never last long, because they're not very good and are usually not qualified to do the job they're doing. Have a look at how long they've been in business. If it's been years then chances are they know what they're doing. We've been doing this for 20 years now, so that gives you an idea how good we are.
3. Take A Look At Photos Of Previous Bathrooms They've Installed
Looking at photographs or videos of previous installations is another good way to check quality of work. It's also a good way to see how many bathrooms they are likely to have fitted previously. That's not to say that they will display all bathrooms they've fitted on their website; there would just be too many for some companies (like us), but there should be a range of styles and designs for you to look at.
4. See If They Handle The Whole Project
Will the bathroom fitter handle everything from start to finish or will they just turn up to fit the bath, shower and toilet? Ideally what you want is someone who can come and have a look at the space you have and your ideas and put together a design for you that makes the most of that space and is exactly the style you want. Then they can source everything for you (if you want them to), turn up and transform your bathroom, including any changes to walls, light fitting and fixtures, so that they can just get on with the job without you having to get involved too much.
5. Make Sure They Are Specific
When you get your quote from your bathroom fitters, make sure they specify everything they need to. There should be a start and finish date (or at least a timescale for the project), a total cost for the project and a payment schedule, e.g. deposits, interim payments, etc. If it's vague then you don't want to commit. Likewise, if a bathroom fitter asks for most of the money up front, then you should questions this. It's normal for some fitters to ask for a deposit to cover materials, suites, etc, but not for almost the total cost. And make sure you get a written receipt for any payments that you make. You should also check their insurance and look for any terms that might affect you.
So there you have it, our guide on how to choose a bathroom fitter to make sure that you get the bathroom of your dreams and not the tradesperson of your nightmares.