How to choose the right bathroom fitter?

Bathroom Fitting

How to choose the right bathroom fitter?

Bathrooms are one of the most functional rooms in our homes, in use everyday and forced to deal with a lot of wear and tear.

Whether you’re updating a tired family bathroom or looking to install a luxury en suite, with such an important space, it’s vital that you find the right bathroom fitter to perform the work.

We spoke to some of the experienced tradesmen/helpers specialised in “Bathroom Fitting” to find out the key things you should know in order to make the right choice:

Look out for experience as much as accreditations.

Bathrooms are far from a simple, off-the-peg purchase. Although the basics of bathroom fitting may appear outwardly similar from job to job – installing a bath, a sink, a toilet, perhaps some tiling – the devil is in the detail, and there are big differences between swapping in a new three-piece suite, and renovating a large bathroom with extras such as floor-to-ceiling tiling and underfloor heating.

As with many jobs, there are a range of available tradesmen/helpers who will be able to take on the project. At one end of the scale, there are firms that specialise in bathroom fitting, working with you on every element of the build, from designing the new bathroom to installation and decoration.

At the other end of the scale will be more general builders and plumbers, who have the necessary skills to remove and fit a bathroom, but may outsource jobs like installing electric showers. Both have their advantages – while a specialised firm will likely deliver a very high standard to your exact specifications, the chances are it will be more expensive than hiring a generalist.

When looking for a tradesman/helper for your project, it’s sensible to speak to ones who have performed similar jobs to the one you have planned. As well as seeing previous examples of their work that they can show you as part of their portfolio, you may also be able to arrange through them to visit their previous jobs – they should be happy to put you in touch with previous clients they have done work for before.

As well as checking their references, there are other things you can do to check their experience. On Helpers.ie website, you can read honest feedback on the jobs they have undertaken for homeowners, as well as seeing pictures of the jobs they have taken on.

Don’t be afraid to ask them questions as well, about any qualifications they may have, their length of time working with bathroom installation, or how they’ll approach your own particular job

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Some tradesmen may belong to trade associations. As well as general trade bodies for builders like the Federation of Master Builders and the Guild of Master Craftsmen, bathroom fitters may also be part of the Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom Association (KBSA), which offers protection for consumers who hire KBSA members.

However, it is experience that is the most important thing to look out for. Experience is really what’s key when it comes to bathroom fitting, as there are so many parts of the job someone has to learn to become good at it. There’s the tiling, there’s the plumbing, all these different elements and the importance of knowing about and purchasing the right materials. Also check out Make sure you are comfortable with the person you hire

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