Most people enjoy doing what they can to decorate and maintain their home. Many homeowners regularly take on tasks like wallpapering, tiling, laying new floors and painting, but when it comes to big projects; many people simply pick up the phone, and call a professional.
This is understandable, but is not always necessary. Take for example, the task of installing a new bathroom.
Many homeowners are pleasantly surprised to learn that they have the necessary skills to be able to handle this major project themselves. At least if they buy good quality materials from somewhere like Better Bathrooms, and follow the instructional videos that are now widely available online. However, whilst it is possible to plan and install your own bathroom there are a few things that you need to be aware of, and bear in mind when deciding if you are actually going to do the task yourself.
Can you understand and follow the building regulations?
The first thing you need to do is to understand what the building regulations are. Not complying with them can lead to your being fined, and can potentially lead to problems with the way your plumbing works. The last thing you need is to come home to a flooded bathroom, because you have not carried out the installation according to the regulations.
It is also important to realise that the rules are there to protect your health as well. Should you not follow them you can easily end up with raw sewage contaminating your home.
If when you read the building regulations you find you do not understand them seek help from someone who does. A good plumbing retailer should be able to advice you, and explain further. If after speaking to them, you still do not fully understand you will be better off calling in a professional rather than attempting to do the job yourself.
Do you have the right tools for the job?
You also need to work out if you have the right tools to carry out the installation. If you do not already own them, you will need to factor the cost of buying what you need into your budget.
Handling the decorating
If you decide that you are not able to do the plumbing part, it is still well worth considering doing the decorating and tiling yourself. Because these tasks are very time consuming, they are normally one of the most expensive elements of the job. If you can do the tiling yourself, you will save a lot of money. Therefore, it is worth considering doing.
If you have never done the job before, I suggest you watch this video from beginning to end. It is only 11 minutes long, and by the end of it you will know whether it is a job that you can do yourself, or something that is best left to the professionals.
Installing a bathroom and decorating it is a long and complex task. But, like most large projects it is manageable provided you break the job down into smaller tasks and allow yourself plenty of time to get it done.