Are you planning to renovate your bathroom? The renovation itself can cost a hundred dollars and therefore it is very important to make a plan before starting the process. Begin with checking your old pipes and the entire plumbing area. Pipe locating can detect if any plumbing problem exists.
It is important to arrange a plumber, check before starting with a renovation, because of poor plumbing system may affect your renovation budget. You may be hearing weird noises like gurgling or splashing. It may be a small problem that can be solved by you. However, the problem may become more serious if you don’t call a professional who will save you money and time.
Your bathroom has to be waterproofed correctly and it’s something that has to be done by someone with a license. Waterproofing failure is considered as one of the top three building irregularities.
When purchasing bathroom fixtures and fittings, don’t forget to check if they meet the Australian Standards. Nowadays, many products and materials are imported from abroad especially from abroad. They may be cheaper, but don’t have the quality you need. Quality products will save you money as you don’t have to replace them earlier. These products offer over 5 year’s warranty, unlike cheaper products offering just 1-year warranty. Another issue that may arise with imported products is the difficulty finding spare parts or having installation problems.
A development application (DA) will be required if you want to add or relocate something bigger, including removing a wall or adding a window. Sometimes, you may not need any permission, but it’s a good idea to check. The DA is a must-have if you are significantly changing utilities. This request has to be submitted by a registered architect or a building designer.
Do you have a home built before 1980? You should be prepared for the presence of asbestos, which can be found in your walls, floors or ceilings. Many Australians don’t even know they are having asbestos in their homes. Ensure your loved ones are not exposed to these harmful fibres and hire a licensed asbestos handler who will remove the asbestos from your home. Don’t forget this will extend the renovation process. And don’t think to remove it by yourself.
Think about organizing alternative accommodation during the renovation process, where you and your family can await your newly renovated bathroom.