Four Key Questions for Bathroom Fitters
Spending hours selecting the perfect products for your new bathroom is part of the enjoyment of a bathroom refit but getting the right bathroom fitters for the job is the most essential aspect of any bathroom renovation. Hiring a fitter is a relatively simple process but hiring the fitter who can meet your requirements is the key to having the perfection you are looking for.
Preparing yourself to get quotes
One of the pre-requisites before selecting the tradesman you wish to hire, is to consider any specialised products you may of selected or any skilled trades you need to consider. If you have quartz resin tiles, they will need a professional tiler, if you want to include some luxurious underfloor heating then you will need a suitably qualified electrician.
1. Have you got any experience with this type of product?
Every bathroom project is different. Rather than asking “Have you fitted many bathrooms?” , try asking if they have experience with the type and style of product you have chosen instead. If you have a complicated product, like the aforementioned quartz resin tile, then you would ideally want a fitter who has fitted the same type of product before.
2. Request a portfolio
Ask the prospective bathroom fitter if they have a portfolio for you to see. They may not always have a professional, marketing style portfolio, but even a selection of images on a smartphone can give you an idea of the quality of work they produce.
Any kind of electrical work, such as new circuits, will require a qualified electrician to fit. If the project you are embarking on includes electrical work, then check your fitter has the appropriate qualifications. There are also optional qualifications for most types of building work, so any other additional certificates should be a good indicator of the quality of work this fitter produces.
3. Technical questions
One way of isolating the good from the bad is to ask technical questions. The catch with this is that you need to know the answer; you don’t want a bad fitter selling you bad workmanship. A good fitter will usually respond with technically correct answers or they’ll admit that they will have to check with the supplier.
4. Don’t limit yourself to one fitter
Try and get a broad variety of quotes, 3 or 4 should suffice, that cover all the work you require. Different bathroom fitters will charge different rates and usually will list their material costs. Cross referencing these quotes should give you an idea of a fair price and a rough idea of the materials required.