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BEFORE YOU RENOVATE A BATHROOM OR KITCHEN - QUESTIONS TO ASK?

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

How to spot the dodgy Kitchen or Bathroom Renovator

Although you may want to save money wherever possible on a Bathroom or kitchen Renovation, there are some things that should not be scrimped on - and one of those things is the people doing the work.


Shonky renovations are plentiful in the bathroom and kitchen renovation industry. if you want a quality renovation, it will pay to do your research first.


Select tradespeople who are licensed, insured and experienced in renovating bathrooms and kitchens. Plumbing and electrical work must be legally done by specialised professionals.


One point of advice is to make sure your project manager is experienced in bathroom renovations and connected with experienced and high quality tradespeople. At Westshore Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations we not only pride ourselves on the quality of work we chose only a core team of tradespeople who take pride in their own work.


Many renovators claim they are professional, unfortunately, all too often they are shoddy fly-by-night operators who when quoting have

  • Hidden costs

  • short cuts

  • sub-standard poor materials

  • sub-standard workmanship


The problem is that not all renovation firms are up front and often have a number of hidden costs, or extra items that can arise once you have signed a contract with them. If you are thinking of having your kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovated here are a few suggestions to avoid "The Cowboys":




Does the renovator offer warranties?

Any decent renovator will stand by the durability of their work. All bathroom and kitchen renovators should offer warranties on workmanship and manufacturers' warranties on all product and materials.


Are Renovation company tradespeople licensed, and do they follow regulations?

A good project manager will contract only the finest licensed tradespeople who take pride in their workmanship and a proven reputation. The project manager will oversee the entire job, ensuring at each step that everything is completed.


Some renovators are able to quote lower prices because of shortcuts. Their trades and workers either deliberately ignore regulations and industry standards or even worse are ignorant of them.


Ask for your trades to be verified ? Don't be embarrassed to ask as a reputable renovation company will understand and appreciate you concern.


Can they find solutions to awkward spaces?

What experience do they have customising solutions to a tricky bathroom, kitchen or laundry? There are always adjustments of some sort to be made as every room can be slightly difference with difficult room layouts, or irregular shaped rooms.



Do they clean up after themselves?

A well organised and good renovator will include every stage of the renovation job in the quote from demolition through to the final clean. During the renovation a organised project manager will ensure the work site is clean and organised.


Ask questions:

  • Do they prepare walls prior to tiling?

  • Do they strip back to white-set plaster and apply a primer for preparation of wall tiling?

  • Are they using quality materials?


Who are their bathroom and kitchen suppliers?

Some bathroom and kitchen renovators use prefabricated cabinetry and shower screens.


Often a cheaper quote may represent cheap imported products and are flimsy and won't fit the exact dimensions of your bathroom, kitchen or laundry. The final result will be ill fitting cabinets, bench-tops and shower screens.


These cheap materials look cheap and nasty, have a tendency to rattle and come loose. The long term the items do not last the distance and are dangerous - example exploding shower screens.


Westshore Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations use local suppliers and materials that are produced and assembled in Western Australia. We offer a superior and quality product with excellent after sales service.



A good renovator will only insist their tradespeople use only quality products such as



How Long will the Renovations Take?

Renovators who offer unbelievably low prices often in short underpay their tradespeople. As a result you can end up with tardy workmanship, or fail to turn up for work altogether.


In the meantime your bathroom, kitchen or laundry is left looking like a disaster zone which can end up for weeks at a time. You and your family want that bathroom, kitchen or laundry back in action as soon as possible. Ask you renovator for a definite time frame before they commence work.


Do quotes include everything?

Some bathroom and kitchen renovation companies offer enticingly low quotes by leaving out the extra costs. They may omit necessary item of work just to win the quote. Some of these items may be:

  • Cornices

  • Ceilings

  • Lighting

  • Waterproofing

  • Patching walls and holes

  • Waterproofing



They will let your know the extra payments via variations only after the beginning of the work on the site. In some worst-case scenarios you will discover the problems only years down the track.


Employ the services of a Professional Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation Team. There is no point paying half-price only to find out later that the renovation job needs to be one again.


Pay once and get is done right - in the long run is easier to ask the questions than fork out thousands of dollars for a second-rate home renovation.



Craig from Westshore Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations manages your whole project from the first phone call right through to the complete bathroom or kitchen renovation.



Remember - If a quoted price sounds too good to be true it probably is.


Talk to an expert kitchen and bathroom renovator Perth to find out what else you should be considering before undergoing a kitchen or bathroom renovation. Contact Westshore Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations, the best kitchen and bathroom renovator in Perth for a no-obligation free quote today!


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