Is bathroom certification required?
The answer is yes and no.
If you are renovating your bathroom like for like, keeping the exact same functionality and design in your bathroom by simply updating tiles and fittings, then you do not require certification.
However if you are changing anything structural, by removing a wall, cupboard, or modifying any plumbing, then you will need Certification.
This includes things like expanding the bathroom, changing windows, removing a bath or hand basin, and tampering with the waterproofing.
Here is what's involved in certification.
Bathroom certification costs vary and depend on whether you need an Engineer, Certifier or both. The approximate costs are $1000 to $2500.
Why is it important to get bathrooms certified?
To protect you for the future.
When you decide to sell your home, prospective buyers and investors will always try to negotiate a lower price than advertised. If you have had work completed on your home - your most valuable asset - and it has not been certified, potential buyers will possibly be scared away and will demand lower asking price.
If a tradesperson or builder tells you do not need certification or they will not do it and you are changing the design from the original plans, please get a second opinion for your own protection.
Ask builders and tradesmen if you can check previous work completed and ask for references.
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Bathroom Werx recently expanded it's operations from major cities, and now operates in regional cities across Australia.
On top of offering the following services:
- Complete Bathroom Makeovers
- Bathtubs & Spa Baths
- Basins & Vanities
- Shower Areas
- Wall tiles
- Specialist Chip Repair Service
You can now take advantage of Bathroom Werx cutting edge technology and professionalism in a regional city near you. Whether you have a minor chip which needs repairing, or you require a complete bathroom resurfacing or re-tiling of your bathroom, rest assured that BathroomWerx will make you bathroom or bath tub look like new again no matter where you are located.
All of our technicians are professionally trained and offer 7 years guarantee on all work. Best of all all of our materials are made in Australia!
Bathroom Werx is available in following areas :
New South Wales
For more information call Bathroom Werx on 1800 644 171 and request your FREE Information Package which shows you how you can save thousands of dollars on your bathroom renovation.
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Here's eight top bathroom renovation tips the Bathroom Werx team put together:
- Determine what will be your must-haves and "lux"-haves. The essentials such as a good-sized bath and extensive storage, need to be accounted for in the budget, while more luxurious items (such as a rainshower), should only be considered when the final costings are completed.
- Less is more a simple, pristine, uncluttered layout utilising clever storage will make your bathroom appear more spacious and engaging. Make the most of every space by adding recessed niches (great to store things) and mirror-fronted wall cabinets. Mirrors make rooms look bigger.
- When choosing a building team, the most affordable isn't always the best. Workmanship, availability, technical skills, and time management are the main priorities when making up your mind. Asking for the builder's references should be done.
- To make your bathroom feel more spacious, a clear shower screen is a winner. It's also worth considering a frameless shower screen. In a compact ensuite, a wall-mounted basin instead of a vanity will save a lot of room. And a mirror-fronted cabinet above the basin is perfect for keeping toiletries.
- Traditional shower drains have changed dramatically in recent times. Once a simple hole in the middle of the shower area, the latest stainless-steel floor grates are very effective at draining away the water flow. Positioned in the centre of the shower recess or down one end, these grates generally run the full width of the shower stall. A plumber and tiler are required for installation and the floor has to be sloped towards the grate. Available in various widths, a contemporary shower grate adds an architectural edge at a reasonable price.
- In a small bathroom, a hinged door can be a real space invader. For the actual renovation, consider a sliding door that's hidden in an in-wall cavity, creating a clean, designer look.
- To prevent mould build-up, air ventilation is key. To ensure that your new bathroom has adequate ventilation, make sure windows can cross-ventilate and install an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan needs to vent the moist air to the exterior of your home.
- After selecting all the bathware items, make sure to check that they will be available when you require them during bathroom renovations.
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Ken Tembo talks about how he got into a Bathroom Werx Franchisee
You wouldn't normally consider it a promotion to go from the hotel checkout to the hotel bathroom. But for me that's what it was!
I was in the hospitality industry for about 13 years, managing restaurants, bars and staff. To be honest I was just tired of the long hours. I don't mind long hours if you're getting paid, but there is not much overtime in hospitality. I like to be in control of what I do each day, and in a Hotel, I found myself spending most of my day putting out spot fires.
So I decided to look for a career with better hours and more promise.
Having always been pretty creative with my hands, I began doing some renovation work whilst I contemplated my future.
Out of the blue, a big renovation came along for an old Federation style house in my local area. This place had the biggest bathroom I have ever seen. Taking pride of place in the centre of the room was the grand daddy of all bathtubs. This thing must have been at least 100 years old, and weighed a ton!
Problem was my brief was to rip the guts out of the bathroom as the clients wanted to start from scratch.
It was like a piece of art. From the ornate clawed feet, right up to the beautifully curved rim, it still oozed style and luxury! I could visualize needing at least four or five burley lads to move it an inch.
Despite a century of bums getting in and out of this old tub, I was surprised at how few chips and dents it really had. I imagined, once the black bath ring was scrubbed off, this thing would look amazing.
The old bath had such character even with no water in it! I couldn't resist I just had to see what it would be like in this monster bath. I was going to look pretty silly if anyone walked in to find me, but I figured I would just laugh and get out.
As I lay there in the old tub I thought this is no way I can tear this out! Nothing else would do the room justice. So I decided to try to find a way to save the bathtub.
My work brief was to maintain the look and feel of the period, and within a pretty tight budget. I knew what I wanted to do I just had to convince the client.
I began to look around for ways to repair or reuse the claw foot bath, plus the matching pedestal sink, and even the tiles were in good condition. I had tried to take the tiles off the wall earlier, but found they were so well stuck on.
Having priced a completely new bathroom, I couldn't believe how much the resurfacing was going to save my client. Not only in cost but more importantly time. This job may even turn a profit!
When I showed the client the cost comparison, I knew there and then that old tub was going to get a new lease on life. As with most renovations, they tend to cost twice as much, and take twice as long. I was already behind schedule.
I was wrapped when I was told the entire bathroom resurfacing would be finished in a couple of days.
Three days later I stood back with the Bathroom Werx Technicians and admired the results. The bathroom was pristine white and a real sight to behold.
I really felt liked I had preserved a piece of history. To say my client was happy with the job was an understatement. It turns out that three generations of their family had used the old tub.
I got such a buzz from this one job it got me thinking that maybe I could carve out a little niche for myself in bathroom restoration. The more research I did on bathroom resurfacing, the more I realized I didn't know.
I spoke to my Accountant and Bank Manager for advice. Both grilled me with questions I couldn't answer.
Was I technically trained? Which resurfacing process was I using? What type of products was I going to use? How much did they cost? How long would it take me to do an average bathroom?
How many customers did I need to cover my costs? When would I make a profit? And how was I going to advertise the business?
Well, I tell you, I nearly gave up right there. But I kept thinking of how great the old bathtub came up. Six months later I struck gold.
As fate would have it I found the old job file from the Federation renovation I did, and made a phone call to George at Bathroom Werx in Melbourne for some advice on getting into the industry.
After speaking to George I had all the answers for my Accountant and Bank Manager and I eventually purchased a Bathroom Werx Franchise.
Things have a funny way of working out. Not six months after leaving the hospitality industry behind, I find that my first job is for none other than a local HOTEL!
After 5 years of running my own Bathroom Werx Franchise in the Geelong area, I still love my work and have not looked back. I am proud to be known as the owner of the Geelong Bathroom Werx Franchise.
After listening to Ken's story, we asked him more about Bathroom Werx:
1. What attracted you to a Bathroom Werx Franchise?
"Well the premise of franchising is great. I get to do what I am good at, which is keeping the customers in my area happy, and Bathroom Werx looks after the rest. It's great to know tat you have a huge team of people to fallback on for advice and support anytime I need it. This works extremely well for me."
2. How have you found the challenge of renovating bathrooms compared to what you used to do?
"I'm a different person in this job. I come home satisfied at the end of every day. When the customer sees their "newly" resurfaced bathroom for the first time, they beam with excitement.
I'm much happier and find my work really satisfying. I know I have a tangible business that really adds value to people's homes. It's so different to working for someone else. Now I am always recognized and thanked for the effort I put in to go the extra mile!
No two jobs are the same, so I pretty much learn something new everyday, and I always have support from the training manager and team at head office. They are just a phone call away. It gives me piece of mind to know I have backup.
My wife and kids are absolutely ecstatic with my decision to go into business for myself. I control my own hours, which means I can provide the family with quality time."
3. What are the good things about being a partner in a Bathroom Werx Franchise System?
"First of all it is a proven system that is over 25years old. As long as you follow the system you won't have any worries. It works every time. The lines of communication and information between head office and myself are always open. And it's a two way street, we feed off each other's success, like one big team. Good work reflects well on everybody.
I also appreciate the wealth of knowledge the other franchisees provide to continuous improvement. When I come across something tricky I have other franchisees that are more than willing to share their experience, or even lend a hand. The people infrastructure is what makes Bathroom Werx great!"
4. What are the negatives?
"I haven't seen a negative yet. I suppose after 25 years the Bathroom Werx system has all the bases covered!"
5. What are your plans for the future?
"I would like to take on an apprentice in the next 12 months. Eventually, I would like two guys working from Geelong to the Surf Coast and to the Bellarine Peninsula. I guess my future plans could be summed up in one word, GROWTH!"
If you would like more information about the Bathroom Franchise opportunities that are available in your area,
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Start looking at finance options the minute you decide you want to buy a Franchise business.
If you are currently employed, I would look at establishing lines of credit with my Bank on property/assets that you own before resigning your position.
Get advice from a Financial Advisor or an Accountant on much money you can borrow on your current assets.
Once you know how much money you can access then you can decide on which Franchise system you can afford to buy.
It can be just heartbreaking after spending a lot of time researching the market to find the business that is right for you only to then find out from the Bank that it is way out of your price range and you can't fund the acquisition.