Contact me on 07734 461982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will then give you a call and if convenient introduce myself and get a rough idea of what you require.
I will then take some personal details e.g. name, email, contact number and address and arrange a time for a site visit which is necessary in order to fully understand what you require and to determine a price for the work. It cannot be done any other way but you can have a look here for more information on example pricing.
During this free 30 minute + site survey I will come to your house and discuss your bathroom installation needs, whether you are looking to simply refresh your bathroom to sell your house or want a full scale installation that will involve a multi-disciplined team of plumbers, plasterers, joiners, tilers, floor fitters etc.
I will measure up the room and look at your current plumbing & drainage facilities which will affect the layout of the new bathroom, as well as your boiler / hot water system and your fuse box. I may also take a couple of photos as a reference for when I am pricing up the work later.
After talking to you for a while I will make some suggestions as to what I think will work in your space, and talk to you a bit about how I work (most of which will be covered in this article.)
Within a week I will send you a fully itemised, detailed estimate as shown above.
This will include all of the fixed costs of the job as well as any potential costs (that may only arise after beginning the work) whenever possible. Please see my article on hidden bathroom installation costs for an explanation of this.
All prices will be split into different trades as well as labour & materials (where possible) so if you want to do the painting yourself for example you will know how much you could save.
It will also state who is responsible for what and when e.g. customer will supply a & b before work commences, we will supply x, y & z upon commencement of work etc.
An itemised, clear, detailed estimate essentially acts as a contract between you (the customer) and me (the contractor) and helps hold both parties to account, limiting risk on both sides.
Depending on the job, I may also include a scale drawing as shown above to show you the proposed layout.
As well as helping you to visualise the new layout it also helps to spot any potential problems such as shower doors clashing with towel radiators or door frame positioning in the rough hand drawn example above.
If the installation is more complicated or you have trouble visualising the finished result I will sometimes do a 3D plan to assist.
I will also provide links or pictures to suite items I have priced for or direct you to my local supplier’s showroom if applicable. All items supplied by me are high quality items I have normally installed many times before that come with larger than average warranties (10 years+ on all taps / showers etc).
I will also advise you of the following:
- When I am available to do the work
- How long the work will take
- Any other special considerations specific to your job.
During this time, feel free to get other prices to compare (just ensure you are comparing like for like!) and have a look at a few bathroom installation case studies to get an idea of the general bathroom installation process.
Sometimes, once costs have been worked out, you may wish to tweak the plans a bit depending on your budget or what you may have subsequently seen in a showroom or catalogue.
At this stage I would be happy to talk you through the various options available to you, and the impact that these things would have on your budget, before working out a re-worked estimate and a potential start date & work schedule (most installations take between 1 & 2 weeks).
Here are some of the most common suggestions I may make:
If you wish to spend a little less:
- Swop a tiled floor for a vinyl floor as above – there are many nice designs available and vinyl has many benefits – see here for more information.
- Consider half tiling a room rather than fully tiling it wall to ceiling
- Consider plain ceramic wall tiles without a border tile rather than large format or porcelain tiles to save on tiling materials & labour.
- Have a central ceiling light rather than several spot lights.
- Do a bit of DIY – If the room is being plastered, maybe you could paint it to save costs?
- Swop wall hung vanity units & toilets for more affordable close coupled toilets and basins / pedestals, which can still look fantastic.
If you wish to splash out a bit more:
- Consider upgrading some of the suite items to top end items such as showers with integrated pumps or separate body jets for an amazing showering experience.
- Install underfloor heating for nice warm feet on a cold winters morning.
- Use feature tiles that may cost a bit more but will make a real statement.
- Add a dual fuel element to your towel radiator so you can have it on in the summer, even when your central heating is turned off.
- Consider swopping a shower tray & enclosure for a wet-room solution to create a feeling of more space.
Congratulations! You have made an excellent decision in choosing us to fit your bathroom.
You are now a step closer to your new bathroom. This is why…
Between now and the start date, we will be speaking to each other a fair bit!
Normally this is to work out things such as:
- tile choice (I normally can get a sample for you if you have something specific in mind or I can recommend a few local retailers that I believe will have what you are after.)
- Suite items e.g. showers, baths, taps etc – many of these can be seen at my suppliers local showroom.
- A start date and a rough schedule of work will be confirmed.
- A payment schedule will be agreed – this will not involve any money ‘up front’ though may include a stage payment depending on the size of the job. The balance payment will be due by bank transfer upon completion of the job.
Before the installation begins I would ask you to do the following:
- Remove any pictures, ornaments or obstructions on the walls, window cills or floor between the main door to the house and the bathroom – Manoeuvring heavy steel baths and / or large shower enclosures upstairs is not the easiest of tasks at the best of times and the less things in the way that could be damaged, the better.
- If possible, clear out the cupboards by the stop tap (if having plumbing work done) and the fuse box (if having electrical work done) as we will inevitably need to access these locations. Also, please clear any personal belongings out of the bathroom and mark any items that you wish to keep e.g. toilet roll holders, mirrors etc.
- Ask me any final questions you may have as things will move quickly once we begin!
- I also ask for you to clear a spare bedroom adjacent to the bathroom or an area in the garage (if possible) to allow for storage of items ready to be installed: bath, toilet, tiles etc. This space helps to smooth the whole renovation process, meaning that the job will be completed quicker and thus you will have to deal with the disruption for less time.
PS I do have public liability insurance which covers me for any damage caused to your property or possessions whilst working in your property, though this is a last resort, and one which I have not yet had to resort to.
Your bathroom installation should take between 1-2 weeks depending on the amount of work required, with many jobs starting on a Monday finishing the around the following Wednesday (we may work on a Saturday as well.)
I am able to do this due to my experience in project managing bathroom installations, combined with the team of local tradesmen I have built up over the past few years working in Leeds.
Project management gives you a single point of contact for simplicity & accountability, making it easier for you as a client to communicate your wishes to the people who will be responsible for carrying out the work.
It also retains liability in one place, and ensures that any problems with your installations do not fall through the cracks between the trades.
Centrally controlled installations by an experienced project manager are much less likely to go wrong, over budget or over schedule.
In under 2 weeks you will have a new bathroom installed.
This will have involved the application of many trades (e.g. a plumber, plasterer, tiler, joiner, electrician, floor fitter and maybe more) all co-ordinated by a central project manager (me) who will have been on site every day to co-ordinate the work (and do lots of it as well!)
You will have paid the balance outstanding via bank transfer for simplicity, and I will have issued you an invoice for your records.
In the future if you have any problems with suite items then these materials will be covered by large manufacturers warranties.
I will also ask you for some feedback and a testimonial as I have grown my existing business almost entirely through referrals.
Give me a call on 07734 461982 to move a step closer to a new bathroom.