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WARNING! – Protect Yourself From Costly Consequences If You Get Your Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation Project Wrong

The 6 Costly And Avoidable Mistakes Home Renovators Often Make… And How To Make Sure They Never Happen To You

From the outset, let’s be honest here… renovating your kitchen or bathrooms is a substantial investment in your property.

You’ll notice I said ‘investment’. The key with renovating… like any investment, is to make sure you make informed and responsible decisions, to ensure you don’t end up throwing money away on a renovation that doesn’t deliver a
reasonable return.

And I’m talking about both financial and emotional returns. You want to add value to your home and love the look and feel you experience.

A professionally designed and fitted out kitchen or bathroom renovation can potentially increase the value of your property by far more than the investment of the renovation alone.

However by getting it wrong, and making some or any of the mistakes detailed below, can potentially end up costing you much more than the money you spent on what you thought would be a wise investment.

It’s the disappointment, anger or frustration you’d feel having to look at ‘that’ mistake each and every day!

Sure, you can’t be expected to know everything there is to know and consider when planning your renovation. It’s not something you deal with every day.

There are however, traps and pitfalls you really MUST be aware of. Some you may have already considered, others you hadn’t even thought of.

That’s why, in the interests of expanding your knowledge and informing you upfront before you start, I have compiled the following information especially for you… Here it is… ‘The 6 Costly and Avoidable Mistakes Home Renovators Often Make… and How To Make Sure They Never Happen To You.”

COSTLY AND AVOIDABLE MISTAKE #1

Holding Out and Waiting Too Long to Renovate

Because a kitchen or bathroom renovation can rightfully be viewed as an expensive investment, they are quite often put off. It’s difficult to know where to start…

Look, it’s quite understandable you may not value the benefit of renovating your kitchen or bathroom before the cupboards start falling off, the shower starts leaking into your walls or the tiles start falling off.

But often by the time many symptoms of kitchen or bathroom failure become apparent, costly damage beyond the surface you can’t see has already taken hold.

Water damage inside your walls or under the floor can spread like cancer…long before the visible signs become the trigger that prompts you to action. It’s not only the localized damage to the walls, framework and flooring.

It’s the dinner bell sounding for termites that just thrive in a moist environment and spread quickly causing monstrous damage.

And mold, a major cause of debilitating allergies and illness including asthma, eye, skin and lung infections.

Hopefully, this never happens to you.

Protect the value of your property, and even if you have not decided to renovate yet, if your current kitchen or bathroom is over 10 years old get it checked out by a professional.

The cost of delaying could be far in excess of a hassle free renovation before problems arise.

‘Custom Kitchens and Bathrooms’ are experts… we’ve seen and worked with many customers who have waited too long to renovate their kitchen or bathrooms. We’ve renovated kitchens and bathrooms inflicted with insidious termite and water rot damage.

So, if you’ve been putting off your renovation, I urge you to consider the costly consequences. It may just save you thousands of dollars and unwanted stress.

leaking kitchen   leaking kitchen
Don’t risk this devastating discovery in your home from
leaking kitchen or bathroom plumbing
  Water and termite damage under a leaking bathroom floor

COSTLY AND AVOIDABLE MISTAKE #2

Trying to Cut Corners with a Partial DIY Renovation and Patching Over the Hidden Nasties

Over the years, many TV lifestyle programs have been encouraging people to have a go at DIY. Of course, all these shows are sponsored by the hardware giants and suppliers benefiting from the DIY’er and backyard businesses.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with getting your hands dirty and having a go yourself at many jobs not requiring specialized knowledge and licensing.

But let me tell you…

I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve seen a home owner who knows they need to renovate and upgrade their kitchen or bathroom as it’s getting old and showing signs of moisture damage.

…from the rotting particle board, the mold, the musty smell and even the increase of germ spreading cockroaches and insects.

The next thing that happens…they have a go at replacing their existing cabinetry with a flat pack which makes it seem ‘oh so simple’! They think they’re saving thousands of dollars doing it themselves or calling in a couple of mates to help.

What often ends up happening…

A couple of months down the track, things don’t seem right. Cracks start appearing… doors don’t line up like they used to… it just doesn’t feel as solid as it should… This is where they bite the bullet and inevitably call in an expert to tell them what they did wrong.

Many times it comes down to a poor foundation where moisture riddled and swollen walls or floors are naively leveled out for the new cabinets, leaking plumbing is patched up and then what happens is the timbers dry out and naturally contract leaving uneven surfaces yet again.

swollen walls

Often the only solution is to rip it all out and start again… costing homeowners far more than they spent on DIY with the added inconvenience of disruption to their day to day life.

Bathroom renovating in particular is not something to be attempted by anybody but a specialist. A bathroom is the most complex renovation task to be undertaken on your property.

Renovating your bathroom requires skillful co-ordination of 12 separate qualified trades… each playing an important and perfectly timed role… ensuring your renovation meets all required standards and will perform it’s function for many years to come.

12 separate trades, each with individual roles.

  • Licensed builder
  • Electrician
  • Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Plasterer
  • Waterproofer
  • Tiler
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Glazier
  • Painter
  • Asbestos specialist
  • Stonemasons/concreters/renderers
  • And at times others not listed

Due to the complex nature of bathrooms, many contractors come and go. Often leaving behind a trail of substandard renovations ‘Custom Kitchen and Bathrooms’ get called out to, only to deliver the bad news, sometimes costing property owners thousands of dollars to rebuild from.

COSTLY AND AVOIDABLE MISTAKE #3

Choosing the Wrong Design and Layout that doesn’t suit your Family’s Needs or add the Greatest Value to your Home

Even the most basic of kitchen renovations done with the right design and layout can create a real WOW factor and improve its functionality.

Not to mention the increase in value to the property that often results.

Many people put too much pressure on themselves to save a few dollars here and there, avoiding the design elements and layout changes that really provide what had previously been sorely missed.

Worse still, many are swayed by the opinionated salespeople or tradesperson who only want to make their job easier so they can take your money and move on to the next job as quickly as possible.

I’ve seen many cases where a homeowner has had their kitchen renovated by somebody who doesn’t take the time to fully assess what their customer ultimately wants to achieve. The layout doesn’t deliver what they were expecting. Simple kitchen tasks like baking a cake become hard work because the kitchen appliances are all set out in the wrong place.

It’s often better to invest a little more time and money into the tweaks of design that include space saving features and fixtures that give you what you really want and add value and style that matches your property.

‘Custom Kitchens and Bathrooms’ are design specialists. Drawing on many years of experience, we offer individual solutions to suit you and your property, creating the ultimate in design and functionality for any budget.

COSTLY AND AVOIDABLE MISTAKE #4

Choosing Poor Quality or Unsuitable Fixtures, Fittings and Appliances

With so much choice out there in the market these days, it’s important to choose correctly or you could be left with the results of a poor decision for many years to come.

It’s confusing to navigate the styles, the options and of course the prices. You don’t want to waste money on excessively priced fixtures or fittings. But you want something that will last, and come with a good warranty in case it fails.

In reality, you don’t have to pay too much for products that come with extensive and longer warranties. From our experience, the ones with the better warranties stand true to their claims and by far have lesser problems.

‘Custom Kitchens and Bathrooms’ have negotiated with a number of reputable manufacturers to provide a large selection of superior quality fixtures, fittings and appliances designed to not only look great, but be reliable and backed by the best warranties available.

COSTLY AND AVOIDABLE MISTAKE #5

Choosing a Renovation Company that Does Not Specialise in Kitchens and Bathrooms whilst Providing You with an Array Of Comprehensive Peace Of Mind Guarantees… Upfront, As You Deserve

You’ve decided to renovate your kitchen or bathroom and begun to get a couple of quotes. But whom do you trust?

Not only to guide you through the process with reliable advice and solutions that are practical… but more importantly contribute to adding value to the property as a whole.

It’s obvious you wouldn’t go to a heart surgeon if you needed brain surgery. As you wouldn’t go to a Holden dealership if you wanted to buy a BMW. You’d naturally want to go to the specialist for what you were seeking.

The same goes for kitchens and bathrooms. As described earlier, kitchens and in particular bathrooms are the two most complex renovations you could undertake in your home.

It makes sense to only engage a company with a long and proven track record of quality and satisfaction.

A company that backs its claim with the most comprehensive guarantees to provide you the peace of mind and confidence you deserve.

Today, it’s no longer enough to just accept the standard industry warranty. You want to know that any company you engage stands by their promises and commitments as much as they do their workmanship.

You want to trust and believe you will be treated with respect and honesty… not held to ransom by a company that only wants your money so they can move on.

Here at ‘Custom Kitchens and Bathrooms’, we want your renovation experience 10 with us to be something you will rave to your friends and family about.

We want your business because you know what to expect. We want you prepared and comfortable your renovation will go as planned.

That’s just the beginning…

With multiple service and workmanship Guarantees… far in excess of the ‘industry standard’… like those made by ‘Custom Kitchens and Bathrooms’ you can be confident that you know exactly where you stand if something is just not right.

Please find ‘Custom Kitchens and Bathrooms’ 13 Comprehensive and No Hidden Weasel Clause Guarantees detailed on page 20 of this book.

COSTLY AND AVOIDABLE MISTAKE #6

Choosing Your Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation Company On Price Alone

Quite often when making choices that require a significant investment, the bottom line is what people look at. Sure, price is definitely an important consideration… it’s the only way you can gauge if you are being ripped off.

However, considering the complexity and importance of getting you renovation done right, without hassles and stresses that can cause even greater problems… it’s more
important to consider ‘who’ to choose, based on trust and confidence before price.

I strongly suspect that just like many of our customers tell us, you agree other companies simply don’t compare to what we offer upfront with value, information and guarantees.

That’s something we are very proud of here at ‘Custom Kitchens and Bathrooms’.

We may not always present the cheapest quote, after all there will always be somebody cheaper who underhandedly buys your job cheap to hit you up for extras later.

In reality though, everyone loves a great deal.

Whilst we commit to being competitive on pricing, we believe by offering you the best deal is far more valuable than just the cheapest price.

Of course, if the cheapest price is your only consideration, let us know upfront. We can recommend a couple of ‘renovators’ who will be cheaper. Naturally, you will only get what you pay for… I can guarantee that!