You may think your getting a great cheap deal by paying cash, but what your really doing is creating a situation where you have no proof of purchase. If there is a problem with the bathroom, such as faulty waterproofing, the sub-contractor can get out of it by saying you didn’t pay him. How can you prove you did when you don’t get a receipt?
For every trade you use you must use a contract stipulating work, price, finish & start date.
Not to mention it’s illegal!
Please read below the real-life example of a customer Doug, who received a quote from us but decided to go with another company because they would do it right away. This would automatically make me suspicious of why they didn’t have any work and how they could prepare for the renovation so fast. Basically the other renovator did everything himself, even the plumbing(he was not licensed) and insisted on being paid the day he finished. Days later, Doug found that his ensuite smelt of excrement due to faulty plumbing and the shower was not draining properly. Doug called us back up in the hope of recifying the situation.
This led to us almost completely renovating his bathroom that had just been renovated. This is his testimonial:
Many thanks for your assistance in rectifying a bad venture in renovating our en-suite.
The original contractor completed the job and all like very nice. The job was to be completed in 7 days – it took approx 20 working days. Balance owing on the job to be paid in cash on the day of completion.
After a couple of days the shower area had water accumulating at one end, not draining to the shower waste and a bad sewerage smell became evident – very evident. Short story cut short, many unsuccessful attempts to get them back, I had enough and I called my plumber to assist.
His assistant did a few quick checks revealing the vanity unit was not connected in accordance with standards and needed to be fixed and may be the cause of the smell.
The smell still prevalent, again a call to the plumber. Returning, and a closer look revealed the shower waste plumbing did not match up to the main floor waste but was unsure if that was the problem. It meant the tiles needed to be removed and the concrete floor broken up to inspect.
At this point, I decided it was time to get the en-suite fixed up to the design we wanted in the first place. A call to “Dream Bathrooms” and you arrived.
The shower waste had to be redone and the big bonus revealed the toilet unit was not fitted correctly and not sealed. The reason for the smell each time the toilet was flushed.
The tradespersons you used were very obliging and helpful. We now have a beautiful en-suite. One we wanted in the beginning.
What did we learn – ensure the tradespersons are qualified and what you want is written down with a design and signed by both parties.
Dream Bathrooms – thank you so much.
Doug and Sheryl”
Don’t use backyard renovators and don’t pay cash! Is it really worth the risk to your biggest asset?