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Is a DIY bathroom renovation a good idea?

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Are you fed up with your bathroom and want a new look?  Do you feel as if you don’t have the budget but that you may have the skills to do it yourself?  To be honest, if you’re an accomplished DIY-er, that mightn’t be a bad idea.  But if you’re thinking of re-doing your bathroom as a DIY project and don’t feel all that competent when it comes to DIY, it’s probably a good idea to think again.

There are several risks associated with tackling a bathroom renovation or redesign project without professional help that you mightn’t even be aware of as a novice DIY-er.  Ignore them at your peril. Here are just some of them:

  1. Bathrooms involve complex plumbing, electrical work, and intricate installations. If you don’t have the necessary expertise or experience, you may end up making mistakes that could lead to costly repairs or safety hazards.
  2. Bathrooms typically have water, electricity, and various other complex elements in them. Working with plumbing or electrical systems without proper knowledge can lead to injuries or accidents, such as electrical shocks, water leaks, or flooding – and is best avoided.
  3. Bathrooms need to comply with building codes and regulations. DIY projects may inadvertently violate these codes, which could result in penalties, difficulties during inspections, or even having to redo the work entirely.
  4. Bathrooms are prone to water damage from things like sinks, showers, toilets, and other fixtures. Improper installation or sealing can lead to leaks, mould growth, and structural damage, which can be costly to repair.
  5. DIY projects often take longer than anticipated, especially if you encounter unforeseen complications. This can disrupt your daily routine and lead to significant inconvenience – particularly when it comes to homes where there is only one bathroom. Moreover, mistakes or improper installations may require professional intervention to fix, leading to additional, unexpected and unwelcome expenses.
  6. A poorly executed DIY bathroom project can negatively impact the value of your home. Buyers may be hesitant to purchase a property with substandard or unsafe renovations, requiring you to invest additional time and money to rectify the issues.

To mitigate these risks, it’s generally advisable to consult with professionals, such as plumbers, electricians, or contractors, who have the necessary skills and expertise to handle bathroom renovations safely and efficiently. Working this way means you can ensure that the work is done properly, adheres to codes and regulations, and minimizes potential risks to your home and personal safety.

Today, more than ever before, everybody wants to save pounds and pennies wherever they can, ourselves included.  But there are things you simply shouldn’t scrimp on; and anywhere water is at play is one of them. At Precise, we have all the certified and accredited trades folk you need to make sure that your bathroom not only looks the part, but most importantly, functions without causing you headaches and without impacting on your bank balance afterwards with unwanted issues.

A customer of ours once said, “Pay half, pay twice” which has stuck with us. If you can save £50-£100 on a vanity unit, that’s one thing, but if you try to save hundreds or thousands of pounds on an installation, you could end up paying someone else to resolve problems at a later date. Everyone has a friend or acquaintance who knows someone who’ll install your ‘dream bathroom’ at a fabulous price, but will that person be there if something goes wrong?  Unlikely. With Precise Installs, every customer gets a 12-month workmanship guarantee with every installation and this gives our customers something money can’t buy…peace of mind. There are many who would say you cannot put a price on peace of mind…and guess what…we give that part away for FREE!

We don’t want to be doom and gloom when it comes to DIY and we certainly don’t want to stifle your enthusiasm, but unless you really know what you’re doing, taking on a bathroom renovation is a big ask.  If you have friends or family who are experts in plumbing, electrics, joinery and tiling, you may be able to call in favours, but we’re yet to meet a customer who’s had a great DIY bathroom renovation experience.  So – if you’re in any doubt – think twice.  It could save you a whole lot of frustration and cash.

If you have a bathroom project in mind, we’d love to hear from you.  Reach out and let’s get together to discuss it

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