Bathroom Designers in Manchester
In terms of cutting down travel costs, it makes more sense to hire a professional in your area if you live in Manchester. And remember that a Bathroom Designer from Manchester already possesses knowledge about other professionals, vendors, and suppliers in the region, which means they can easily negotiate an expert in the relevant field should you require one.
To sidestep any major issues, make sure you know the following things about your Bathroom Designer before you hire them:
· Company size: Bigger is not always better. However, if you choose a bigger and more renowned company, they may come with more experience and a more professional approach in their services.
· Company location: As already established if the company is close to you, they can more easily make site calls and provide a more hands-on approach during the project.
· Previous work: Although the professional may have done lots of work in the past, it may not be in the same style that you like. Always ask to see their portfolio to get an idea of their designs.
· Reviews and references: It’s not wrong to go with a lesser-known designer, but be sure you are very confident in them. Ask for references from past clients and professionals that have worked with the designer, but be sure to search for your own online, too.
Site visits and getting quotes
No two bathroom design / remodelling projects are necessarily the same; thus, it’s impossible to estimate a job without the designer seeing your property, available space, etc. Never trust anybody who quotes on a job without doing a site inspection first.
Ask for at least three quotes from three different Bathroom Designers. Ask them to provide detailed information on the quotes so you can see exactly what you pay for – you don’t want any ‘hidden costs’ jumping out when it becomes time to pay. And ask the potential designers if they have a minimum charge – this might work against you if your project is rather small (like just redoing the wall tiles).
Be clear on who is supplying what materials. It might be more cost effective for you if you buy your own basin, for instance. But bear in mind that Bathroom Designers are almost always privy to exclusive content and/or discount prices from their networks.
You need a signed contract before any work commences, and that should include, as a minimum:
· the total cost
· the payment schedule
· the start and completion dates.
Always ask them to clarify the terms of any insurances and guarantees.
If your bathroom design will require lots of costly materials, then it’s reasonable for the Bathroom Designer to expect a deposit upfront. But should you do this, then reserve a considerable proportion of the payment until the job is done.
However, get an agreement in writing, even if it’s just an email as this will provide a paper trail which should help to avoid misunderstandings or disputes at a later stage.
As long as the work is happening in an existing house, Planning Permission is not required for adding a new bathroom. However, adding a bathroom to a listed building will require Planning Permission, since that will change the building’s internal fabric.
Don’t forget that your project also needs to comply with building regulations. If your new bathroom requires rewiring, changes to drainage, installation or changes to a heating system that uses gas or solid fuel, and structural alterations, approval is needed from building control. And remember that all electrical work must be carried out by a qualified electrician, and any work to boilers or heating systems must be conducted by a Gas Safe compliant engineer.
· How long have you been working in the industry?
· Were you formally trained?
· How and where did you acquire your experience?
· Do you belong to any professional associations?
· Are you licensed and insured?
· Do you have any references I can get in contact with?
· Do you provide written warranties?
· Will my bathroom project require a permit?
· Can you provide an estimate of how long this project will take?
· Will you provide options for different materials relevant to my project?
Questions for the references:
· How satisfied were you with the project?
· Was the job completed on time?
· Were there any unexpected costs not disclosed on the contract?
· Would you work with this professional ever again?
Fortunately, homify makes finding the ideal professional (from Bathroom Designers and Architects to Gardeners and Interior Decorators, and many more) for your project much easier through our Professionals pages. Our collections include additional information on each pro, such as location, portfolio, contact details, and even customer reviews where applicable.