Whether you have ideas and a plan for your home renovation or perhaps just want to leave it to an expert, there are steps you can take to save time, money and reduce stress.
Plumbing Bros have a well-known reputation for quality kitchen and bathroom renovations. Our team are more than happy to chat with you about your ideas and what to consider.
Wondering where to start with your renovations?
We have all heard stories about renovations gone wrong.
You can avoid the drama by following these simple guidelines.
Choosing the right tradespeople
Finding tradespeople to trust with the renovation of your precious home can feel like a leap of faith.
All the planning and effort in the world won’t do you any good if you use a shonky tradie. There are simple ways to protect yourself and your property.
A great place to start when looking for good tradespeople is through recommendations. Ask your family and friends if they know a good tradie. Contact a trusted real estate agent or mortgage brokers and find out who they use. A referral from someone you trusted can be very helpful.
When you have your list of tradespeople and are ready to make that call consider the following;
- checking qualifications
- asking for references
- request a detailed quote
- get 2-3 quotes to compare prices
- insist on a written contract including a completion date
- know your rights and
- be clear about what you want
Consider using a Project Manager
DIY is a popular pastime in Western Australia. However, if you lack the appropriate knowledge and experience it could end up costing you a lot of time and money.
Plumbing Bros recommends using a Project Manager for your renovation. Why use a Project Manager?
A project manager is a qualified person, like a builder or architect. They may be a professional property investor or renovator. A project manager has years of experience in the building industry and are well insured, so if anything happens, they are covered, and your property is protected.
A good project manager will deal with all the details from;
- making sure your plans get council approval,
- managing the cost and timing of your renovation
- coordinating tradespeople
Of course, we recommend using similar guidelines outlined above, when choosing a project manager. If you have questions, contact Plumbing Bros for more information and advice.
How to stay within budget
Ensuring your renovation stays on budget is a priority when renovating.
Yes, renovations by nature can be unpredictable and reveal unknown problems. If you don’t closely monitor and manage renovation costs, they can and will get away from you.
However, with some well-thought planning and attention to detail it is possible to keep your renovation within your budget.
To create your budget, you need to know what you want. That’s where time for planning and research is needed. You may have a rough idea about how much you want to spend. This is where you need to be specific about what you want.
The more information you can provide tradespeople the better. That way the only variables between quotes will be labour costs and fees.
When you have the quotes in front of you, creating a complete and accurate budget means you have the control. It means you can look at the costs involved and decide how you want to proceed, what needs to be delayed for a later date and where costs need to be reassessed.
Budget created ✔
Renovation plan finalised ✔
It can be tempting when your renovation is underway to make changes. From experience the Plumbing Bros team know this only leads to trouble. If your priority is to stick to your renovation budget, then stick to your plan.
Quality fitting and fixtures
Plumbing Bros are industry leaders in kitchen and bathroom renovations. We stand-by the work we provide. We offer free quotes and no call-out fees.
When considering renovating your kitchen and bathroom we can offer quality fittings and fixtures to suit your home and your budget.
For more information check out the following Plumbing Bros products and services.
Plumbing Bros supply and install a range of quality bathroom products including;
When it comes to your kitchen, our team of plumbers supply and install;
- gas ovens
- gas cooktops
- gas upright stoves
- hot water systems
- fridge ice and water connections
- kitchen plumbing