Technology today has made do-it-yourself projects a household term, with just about everyone trying to find cost-effective, simple ways to upgrade their homes. This is great and tends to work well for just about every room in your home…except for the bathroom. Before upgrading your bathroom, here are three things you should keep in mind to avoid the necessity of emergency plumbing services.
Plan Ahead and Take Your Time
Rushing into a project without preparing what you want the final outcome to look like and how to get to each step along the way is going to end up costing you a lot of extra time and money in the long run.
If you are doing major upgrading, you will need to know where your plumbing lines are and try to keep your final goal consistent with what you already have, or you are looking at big expenses to move drain lines. Not only is this expensive, but you will likely have to bring in the experts.
Even though you are excited about moving forward to get your perfect bathroom completed as soon as possible, take a deep breath, do some research and come up with a game plan. Write out each step in the process and what you will need along the way. This will ultimately save you a ton of time, money and stress, and get you your dream bathroom much faster.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
Even Consumer Reports says “Don’t skimp on skilled labor.” A skilled plumber in Toronto isn’t going to be the cheapest part of your bill, but an emergency plumber is definitely going to be a pricey, unexpected expense!
In addition to plumbing, a bathroom is going to require multiple other skills. If you are not highly competent in them, you will probably want to consider looking for quotes from professional cabinet installers, electricians, and tile setters, as well as plumbers.
You might be pleasantly surprised at the money and stress you can save by outsourcing your work and being willing to ask for help.
Consider Name Brands Carefully
The old adage “You get what you pay for” definitely rings true when you are upgrading your bathroom. Sure, there are cheaper alternatives for most of what you are going to need, but, as HGTV says in their article “Bathroom Cabinet Buying Tips,” you sacrifice on quality.
Think about your bathroom use: Your pipes have the difficult job of carrying tons of pressurized water throughout your home to your shower, sink and toilet. The bathroom itself is bombarded daily with moisture from your water usage. Your toilet, handles and faucets are pushed and pulled and prodded repeatedly, often without care.
When you buy cheap products, this wear and tear breaks down quickly and quite often causes major plumbing problems. Consider stopping this problem at the source before it occurs by buying name brand materials, many of which come with money back guarantees to help you offset costs if you do have a problem later.
Do It Yourself, But There Are Experts If You Need Help
If you are in the process of upgrading your bathroom, remember there are experts that can help you or evaluate your plans to guide you through the process.