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How To Find The Right Renovator For Your Project

Looking for a Melbourne renovator? You’ve decided this is the year to renovate your bathroom or kitchen, and while you’re beyond excited, you might also be wondering how to find the perfect partner for your renovation project.

While finding the right renovator can be a difficult task, the following steps have been created to help ensure you hire a renovation company that is best suited for your project.

Finding trusted Melbourne renovators

Choosing the right renovator for your project is crucial to its success. Engaging with the wrong company can be both frustrating and costly, resulting in an unsatisfactory renovation result.

To help you navigate the world of renovation contractors, here are the most important questions you should ask your top contenders as well as some tips to help you make a smart choice for your project.

Do your research

Choosing a renovation partner is an important decision and should not be taken lightly. You will be entrusting them with your home, so it is vital that you are comfortable with their level of expertise and experience. That’s why it’s so important that when choosing a renovation partner, the first step you take is to do your research.

Start by looking at their website and social media channels. By browsing their past projects, you can get a sense of the company’s experience as well as expertise – If they have a professional-looking website with a solid amount of past projects and clear information about their services, this is a good sign that they are professional and experienced enough to handle your project.

You should also check out reviews of their work online. Google reviews and sites like Houzz provide an opportunity for homeowners to review the contractors they’ve hired and leave feedback about the service they’ve received. Google reviews even let past clients upload pictures of their projects so that future clients can see what kind of work they’ve done in the past!

Once you’ve identified a few candidates that meet your requirements and expectations, it’s time to get visit their showrooms to see their handy work for yourself and get some estimations.

Visit showrooms

While doing online research is important, there’s nothing quite like seeing a finished bathroom or kitchen in person, which is why visiting a showroom is essential.

When you visit a showroom, you can assess the quality of craftsmanship of your renovator with your own eyes, as well as touch and feel their selected products and finishes.

A good showroom will also give you an idea of the business’s personality, which is important as you want to make sure you not only get a fantastic result but also feel supported through the renovation journey.

When planning for your next renovation project, make sure to arrange a visit to your renovator’s showroom first! At smarterBATHROOMS+, we have two showrooms that showcase inspiring bathroom and kitchen displays, as well as laundries and robes and an extensive selection of tiles, tapware, flooring, sinks and basins to inspire your project.

Get comparative quotes

When comparing quotes, make sure they are comparable. If you want to get three quotes for your bathroom or kitchen renovation, make sure they include similar products and finishes, as well as the same building works. In fact, it’s best to ask each contractor to be clear on what their estimate includes. If a builder’s quote appears to be cheaper, understand what services are included. Interior design, drafting and project management are key components to ensuring your project runs smoothly, on time and within budget.

While the temptation always exists to hire the cheapest option and do as much as possible yourself, it’s often the case that the cheapest option is far more stressful, expensive, and time-consuming in the long run.

An all-inclusive renovation service provides at a minimum, an interior designer to design and source your products and materials, and a project manager so you don’t have to organise your own trades, letting the professionals handle everything from start to finish.

Make sure your renovator is licensed and insured

When picking a builder or renovator, ensure they are registered with a reputable industry body such as the Housing Industry Association (HIA). Organisations like HIA hold builders to a strict code of conduct and ensure their work meets quality standards.

At smarterBATHROOMS+, we are registered builders (DB-U CDB-U49851) which means you will receive Home Owners Warranty Insurance as part of your quotation. As registered builders, we ensure your project is built to exceed the following standards:

  • The Building Code of Australia
  • The Australian Waterproofing Standards as per the Building Code
  • The Electrical Safety (Installations) Regulations
  • The Plumbing Industry Commission
  • HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms Committee Guidelines

As licensed builders, we offer our customers a ten-year warranty on structural work and waterproofing and a 2-year warranty on minor defects. And for your complete peace of mind, we also create a completion pack for you to take at the end of your project and give you access to a dedicated customer service team that handles any warranty claims you may have.

Choose a renovator who specialises in your specific type of project

When choosing a company for your bathroom or kitchen renovation project, make sure it is a specialist in the area.

Choosing a general builder to renovate your home is a big mistake that many people make. This is because these companies specialise in building new homes and only do small renovations on the side. A lack of experience and expertise in the renovations game is sure to cause delays, extra costs and frustration for homeowners.

So, when looking at a potential renovator, it is important to check out the company’s previous work before you decide on who to hire. A bathroom and kitchen specialist will know just how to make the most of spaces large and small, taking into account your budget, floorplan and the overall style of your home.

Select a company that can provide you with the support you need throughout your renovation process

At smarter BATHROOMS+ we strive to consistently enhance the renovation experience. The smarter way. Our customer-first approach means we’re with you from the initial consultation to the design and construction stage, right through to completion.

To have a chat with one of our experts at smarterBATHROOMS+, give us a call today on 1300 662 838 or book your FREE In-Home Consultation to discuss your bathroom or kitchen renovation with an interior designer in your home. 

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