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How to Find a Bathroom Fitter
A bathroom fitter is a tradesman that specialises in installing different bathroom units, including toilets, showers, baths, sinks and extractor fans. When you have a bathroom suite to install, a bathroom fitter is the Pro to call!
Usually a bathroom fitter with have basic skills in areas like tiling, plumbing and plastering, but only for the sake of facilitating their own work. For more complex work, such as making alterations to your bathroom’s plumbing, they should be able to provide evidence of the proper qualifications.
Before you start screening candidates, try to make sure that you know as much about your job as possible. Measure out your bathroom, including the size of your current units, and note down which units will just need a direct replacement and which ones will need to be moved. Be prepared to discuss the job with your candidates before making your final decision; the more precise you can be, the easier it will be to get an accurate quote.
You should also be sure to discuss any non-standard bathroom units. A typical bathroom suite contains a sink, shower, bath and toilet, while items like jacuzzis or wet rooms are more niche. If a fitter does not have experience with the kind of installation work that you need, it will be wise to look elsewhere.
When looking for a tradesman of any kind, it is important to screen your candidates. A ‘fitter’ does not need qualifications to practice, but your ideal candidate should have several years of experience as a minimum. Certain candidates will have completed an apprenticeship or equivalent course in installation, while others may have transferred from other trades like plumbing or joinery. Be sure to look out for any potential hires that belong to a national tradesmans’ organisation, such as the FairTrades Association. These groups have strict entry requirements and expect members to always deliver high quality work on jobs.
Another way to screen your candidates is to ask to see reviews from their previous customers. Read them carefully and try to get an idea of how a certain candidate behaves on the job: do they arrive and get their work finished on time? Are they polite? Is their work top notch?
For your peace of mind, and because a good bathroom suite should last several years at least, you should make sure that your final candidate can offer a warranty for their work. They should also have an active public liability insurance policy in case of any accidental damage or injuries.
A bathroom fitter will usually charge a fixed rate based on the size of the job and the items involved. Installing a new toilet or pedestal basin will usually cost between £70 and £140, while work on larger pieces like baths and showers can cost up to around £230. Installing an appliance like an extractor fan can cost between £150 and £250, depending on the amount of work involved. Like-for-like installations will be the cheapest option; any jobs that involve relocating units or altering your plumber will come with extra costs.
It is important to remember that tradesmen in the UK charge regional rates, with areas in London and the south of England typically being more expensive. Because of this, you should be careful when trying to estimate your costs based on a national average.
Having said that, there are ways that you can save money. If you are having an entire suite fitted then you may be able to negotiate a discount. You can also ask for a price breakdown from your candidate to see if there are any tasks that you can do yourself, such as removing and disposing of your old bathroom units.