The fact is that most of us are feeling the pinch these days. We are watching what we are spending at the supermarket, worrying about our jobs, waiting years for a payrise and concerned the interest rates will finally go up. All this probably means that your bathroom project has hit the backburner.
It really doesn’t have to be the case. It is possible to create a new bathroom which will rival any of those you see in showrooms without spending nearly as much as you thought. Simply use some of these tips to keep the costs down and start dreaming about doing the kitchen next!
Recycle and reuse
Take a good look at your current sink, toilet and bath before you hire that skip. If it is white and clean, there is a really good chance you can reuse your bathroom suite and update your bathroom with new taps, fittings, tiles and flooring. Overall this could save you a minimum of £200 but probably much more. If you can save the taps, you have just saved another £100.
Take advantage of sales
Check out your local bathroom store or better still, shop online when sales are taking place. These often occur just as new stock is being introduced – ie at the end of Summer and Winter. New ranges often hit the stores in Spring and after the Summer holiday season. You can always ask your store when they are getting their new ranges in and then jump in and buy when old stock is reduced by 20% or more.
Buy showroom stock
Stores who have large displays will rotate them at least once or twice per year. This means that the showroom bathrooms will be going for a song. You will have to accept a little wear and tear, but the reductions offered usually make this worthwhile.
Learn some DIY
Use resources like DVD’s, books, how to websites and You Tube to learn how to tile properly, lay flooring and even how to do some basic plumbing. Don’t forget that you will need to get an expert in to do the electrical work. A good bathroom fitter will charge you around £1500 for a completed bathroom with tiling, plumbing and electrics – so there are good savings to be made.
No one is immune to a little haggling. Start with the store you are buying your bathroom fittings from. Ask for a discount, especially if you are buying it all from one place. Often the manager will offer 10% off- which is a good start. Or you could get some freebees added to your order.
Next you need to negotiate with your fitter if you have hired one. Many builders are struggling these days as well and may be receptive to you asking for a discount. If you are willing to be flexible in terms of how long you will wait or having your job fitted in around others – the fitter may be willing to do your job a bit cheaper. But don’t be cheeky, they need to make a living too!
Not all bathrooms are born equal, in fact some can carry off a look which might not suit the average home or home owner. If you are the creative type you could try using wallpaper, glass screening, antique furniture, broken tiles for mosaics or second hand bathroom suites. If you are willing to search high and low and have a great imagination, you can always make your bathroom into something attractive on a budget.
Being on a limited budget doesn’t mean that all hope of having a new bathroom is lost. It simply means that you will need to take the long route round. You will get there in the end with help from your imagination and the willingness to search out those bargains.