I remember a guy who we gave a quote to that called us and said he was going to go it alone. I’m not going to name him so let’s just call him Bob. Bob belived he knew enough to do it and could save a few bucks, he had a quote from a tiler who said he had a few mates that can so some parts and he could organize a couple of things and it would all be easy. I tried to convince him other wise but he was confident in himself. So I wished him all the best and asked him if he could let me know how he went when he was finished. So after he finished he called me. He sent me some photos of the bathroom. He admitted it took twice as long as we could do it but he was proud with the end result and believed he saved in the vicinity of $1-$2000.
What Bob didn’t realize was, there is stuff in a bathroom renovation that you don’t know that you don’t know. It’s only when you peel the lid off or actually complete a bathroom renovation you really get an idea of what’s involved
I had to point out a few things to Bob:
1. The tiler had installed a cheap, ready-made shower screen from Bunnings that cost around $400.00. Now that might seem like a great deal but what bob didn’t realize was he would start having problems with that screen very soon and have no one to turn to when it breaks down. Had Bob gone with us and bought a $900.00 custom-made semi-frameless or frameless shower screen it would have looked better, lasted longer and came with a guarantee.
2. The vanity was a ready-made vanity bought from a cheap import bathroom outlet. Sure it had a stone top and a decent looking basin on top with white draws and seemed like a good deal in the low $1000.00 mark. But what Bob did’t realize (until it was too late) that this mass produced, Chinese vanity was not designed to fit against a wall and that the basin was too high for them. Now if bob had spend a bit more around the high $1000 mark for a custom-made vanity, we would have designed it so it would have fit the space perfectly, the basin was at the right height for them, he would have had more of a range range of choice and colours to choose from and we would have been able to help design and colour match the vanity for the rest of the bathroom. It would have also been locally hand crafted and came with a warranty. But instead he has a vanity that is no good for them, and the doors and draws will probably mis-align because the poor quality of the runners. Sure the seller would say it’s covered under warranty, but are you willing to remove tiles, diconnext the vanity, return it and install the exact same on in it’s place? Now if Bob go’s to sell the house potential buyers with a keen eye will notice the flaws in his bathroom, determine it is a DIY job, have less of an interest of make a lower offer.
3. The tiles were of low quality and non-rectified. Bob did not know what rectified tiles are, we do. Rectified tiles have 90 degree edges and small grout lines leaving a flat steam-line finish. (See our blog here)
4. The electrician charged him double then he expected which led to an argument and stress.
5. He has no real warranty and no one to turn to if something goes wrong. The chances of getting one of the tradesmen back to repair anything is slim.
6. He had spent a heap more of his time then he anticipated and couldof been doing things he enjoyed
7. If he had went with us he would have had a higher quality bathroom, with no flaws and a warranty for ALMOST THE SAME PRICE! .