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Brisbane Bathroom Renovations: Common Problems that Can Go Wrong with a DIY Job

Why you should not DIY your bathroom renovation

A Brisbane bathroom renovation is a fantastic way to create a more modern home or add value to your property. Many homeowners are tempted to take the DIY route, especially when shows like House Rules and Fixer Upper make it all look so easy.

While it might seem like a walk in the park, the pros you see on TV have years of experience and training. If you’re like most DIY renovators tackling a big project like a full bathroom renovation, you will soon encounter challenges you weren’t expecting.

Unfortunately, enthusiasm without knowledge and experience could mean you blow your reno budget, with the money you saved on labour going towards fixing costly and time-consuming repairs. As Brisbane bathroom renovation experts, we’ve been called in more times than we count to rescue bathrooms from a disastrous DIY project, so here’s how to ensure you always get the bathroom you’ve always wanted.

1. Lack of expertise

Watching home improvement shows can make bathroom renovations seem straightforward, but in reality, they require a high level of expertise. From plumbing and electrical work to tiling and waterproofing, each task requires the right tools and the knowledge and skill to use them safely and correctly. DIYers without experience may not fully understand how complex some tasks are, which can lead to complications.

2. Inadequate planning

A successful bathroom renovation requires careful planning, especially when it comes to ensuring proper functionality and maximising space. DIYers may underestimate the importance of accurate measurements and fail to consider factors like plumbing line connections, ventilation, and storage solutions. These oversights can lead to a bathroom that lacks efficiency and functionality.

3. Substandard waterproofing

You can’t get around this one. All waterproofing must be performed by a qualified professional, as it prevents water damage and mould growth. Improper waterproofing techniques can result in moisture seeping through surfaces, causing structural issues and health hazards. Moisture in your home’s infrastructure will also attract pests like mice, rats, and termites. Get your waterproofing wrong, and you could be facing tens of thousands of dollars in repairs later on.

4. Plumbing and electrical complications

Waterproofing, plumbing, and electrical work in a bathroom renovation requires professional knowledge and licensing. Most DIYers do not have the expertise to handle these tasks properly, resulting in leaks, faulty wiring, or non-compliance with building codes. It is crucial to prioritize safety and avoid potential hazards by entrusting these jobs to licensed professionals like Relianzi.

5. Lack of accountability

Managing a DIY bathroom means you are responsible for coordinating different tradespeople, such as plumbers, electricians, and tilers. You are also responsible for checking that each tradesperson working on your bathroom has the necessary qualifications and licensing. At best, failing to do your due diligence means you could be looking at expensive repairs to redo the work and get it up to code. At worst, a faulty bathroom could lead to serious injury or worse, which is not something you want if you are planning on selling the home.

Are you planning a Brisbane bathroom renovation?

Choosing tiles for your small or large Brisbane bathroom renovation is an exciting time, but you may be overwhelmed by the range. Relianzi are expert at matching bathroom tiles with bathroom renovation budgets and design choices.

Sean and the team at Relianzi can help you with complete bathroom design and planning services, sourcing your fixtures and fittings as well as renovating your bathroom. We even offer a FREE and helpful in-home consultation.

Do you have some bathroom renovation ideas you want to discuss? Why not contact Sean today?

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