A small budget means there is always a temptation to do some or all of the work yourself to save money, but a DIY bathroom renovation can easily backfire.
Not often to home owners have the knowledge, experience and expertise to carry out a successful bathroom renovation with no mistakes. If you feel that you might be able to do it, then you simply do not know. If you take on a bathroom renovation with out experience you are taking a massive gamble. It’s not until you take the lid off, you discover what’s actually involved.
Here are 6 big reasons you should not DIY:
You might actually save money hiring someone to renovate the bathroom for you and enjoy all the benefits that come along with it. One small mistake on your part can easily have a dramatic flow-on effect and ending costing you thousands. Even worse you may have to re-do the whole bathroom
For a custom bathroom renovation, there are at least 12 different tradesmen.
Do you have the time to get at least 3 quotes from each professional tradesman? That’s meeting with at least 36 different businesses just for quotes! That’s at least 18 hours of getting quotes!
Then you need to meet and supervise each trade on site to make sure they are on schedule for the next. That is at least another 12 hours.
Don’t forget the multiple stores you need to visit to select tapware and tiles. Theres at least 4 hours of driving, walking and talking just here.
That’s at least 34 hours of your time. Do you have that much free time?
It takes us on average 4 weeks to renovate a bathroom and thats with each trade working back to back. ON average DIY’ers will take 3 times that to complete their renovations. Do you mind if your renovation drags on for months?
The Dream Bathrooms one-stop showroom means we can sort everything out in as little as one hour. Forget having to drive around to multiple locations and meeting different trades wasting your precious weekends and evenings away. We also guarantee that your bathroom will be finished in under 4 weeks.
3. DECREASE IN HOME VALUE:
DIY renovations don’t typically add value to your home. A buyer with a keen eye might pick up that the job hasn’t been done by professionals and might not feel confident about the quality or longevity of the purchase. If a buyer gets a building inspection, the builder is likely to notice a DIY job and report this back to the potential buyer. If the quality of workmanship is substandard this will diminish your sale price, possibly eliminating any profit you might have made in much the same way as under-capitalising on a renovation.
Our quality renovations guarantee to keep the value of your home high. Even the most fastidious buyer will be impress edby the level and detail of our bathrooms.
What happens if you see moisture building up outside the shower wall? Who do you call? Who is to blame? Each trade can easily pass the buck and good luck trying to get any on them to come back after you have paid them.
5. HIRING QUALITY TRADES:
There is often a skills shortage in Perth. The highest quality tradesmen and contractors are usually snapped up by builder and professional renovating companies and are loyal to them. Usually the guys advertising in the locals or “your mate’s friend” is the guy who the builders don’t want and are at the bottom of the “most wanted” list.
Most tradesmen don’t like working for DIY’ers and will charge them more because:
a) They are usually un-prepared with no plans.
b) Will re-schedule them
c) Might expect more then they are willing to give
d) Chance they won’t pay quickly or at all
6. LEGAL LIABILITY:
Getting your renovations wrong can cause them to be deemed illegal – particularly if they contravene the building regulations. If you or your contractors make a mistake you may be required to reinstate your property back to the original condition or make additional changes to satisfy council requirements and this could be expensive. You may also find yourself in the position of having to pay hefty fines.
If the bathroom does not conform to Australian standards you may have to renovate the bathroom once again before you can sell. People can be injured easily in a bathroom, especially with water and electricity involved. If your renovation is illegal and someone injures themselves in a bathroom that you have renovated, you may be liable. Using a professional renovator ensures that your renovation conforms with Australian building codes.
“According to research from Gumtree Australia, 75% of Australian homeowners have commenced DIY projects, with one in five ending poorly.”
If you DIY and are expecting nothing but the highest quality finish and design, the chances of everything going smoothly and you being happy with the end result is extremely low. Even after the hundreds of bathroom renovations we have completed and our wealth of experience there is always a very small percentage that some our renovations will encounter a “hiccup”. This goes for any company in any business. No-one gets it right 100% of the time. But with us, we are equipped to take care of a problem immediately and the cost is to us.
Don’t use your home as a testing ground. Ask yourself,
-Am I 100% confident I can do this?
-Am I using my home as a testing ground?
It’s a complicated job that requires expertise. Don’t risk your home, get a professional that knows what their doing. The reality is, it doesn’t cost to have a professional bathroom renovator, it pays.