Six ways to reduce bathroom installation costs
 
For new bathroom installations the perceived wisdom of how to get the most for your money is to request a number of quotations from bathroom fitters and choose the lowest bidder.

The advantage of the approach is that, in theory, you will have the lowest initial outlay. However, in HomeForce’s opinion, there are at least two significant disadvantages:

1) Quality, service and reliability rarely come with the lowest price tag
2) You surrender the control of where cost savings are being made..

Following are six ways we suggest you can reduce your bathroom installation costs without forsaking quality and control.

1) Get the right person / company for the job
  • Selecting someone with the right approach, skills, qualifications, project management, access to suppliers and understanding of your requirements will save you time (Time is money) and money.
  • Read our article “The best bathroom fitter in Edinburgh” to find out more
 
2) Fit vinyl flooring rather than tiles or laminate
  • Even the most expensive luxurious, cushioned vinyl flooring is cheaper per square meter to buy and install than tiles or laminate flooring.
  • An added advantage is that any damage done at a later date is more readily replaced than replacing damaged tiles or laminate that may need toilets, bath’s and showers to be removed.
  • With leaks or water ingress vinyl flooring once lifted can be reused, unlike laminate or tiles
  • The image of vinyl flooring is probably Hospital floors but there are many designs and cushioned vinyl that look like tiles and are warmer underfoot on a cold winter morning than hard tiles.
 
3) Use wall board rather than tiles
  • Again the perception is of hospitals and shower rooms in sports halls, but there are an array of designs that give the impression of tiles or even wood, stone or metal. (see examples Here)
  • The added advantages are that it’s easier to clean and less susceptible to water penetration.
  • And, of course, it’s cheaper per square meter to buy and install than tiles.
 
4) Do your own project management
  • Whether engaging a bathroom company or asking an installer to do the necessary organising for a bathroom project you will pay, in some way, for the project management.
  • If you feel confident you can do this yourself, you will gain a real sense of achievement and probably find deals along the way that will reduce your costs even further.
 
5) Seek out “end of line” deals
  • Whether you do your own project management or not there’s nothing to stop you seeking out end-of-line deals whether on-line or direct with suppliers
  • Tile warehouses will often have end of line stock as will flooring companies and bathroom suite suppliers.
  • Always consult with your chosen bathroom fitter before buying in case installing your chosen “deal” item creates additional work that outweighs the savings of the deal.
 
6) Buy from trade outlets rather than high street show rooms
  • With some exceptions exactly what you see in a high-street show room (or something very similar) will be available from trades suppliers at a lower price. All you need to do is ask.
  • Further more your selected bathroom fitter may receive a “Trades discount” with a supplier. They might not pass on the entire discount to you but it could still be less than you’d pay “on the high street”

To speak to HomeForce about ways you can get the best bathroom for the lowest budget call us on 0131 315 0000, email us at info@homeforce.co.uk or submit a request on our “Book a Tradesperson” form.