We're all busy and, sometimes, the temptation to make our lives simpler is almost irresistible. In terms of your new bathroom, this could take the form of buying a pre-packaged suite bundle including bath, shower, taps and basin. The rationale for this might be solid “ perhaps you love the bathtub and the salesperson is pressing you to take the bundle as it's easier. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right choice for you. For many, installing a new bathroom is their way of adding a new layer of luxury to their home. It usually isn't a decision they've reached lightly, and it's something they don't intend on redoing in the near future. So, it stands to reason that, if you're renovating your bathroom, you should be happy with every aspect of it. Don't compromise!
Here are a few reasons why we don't recommend taking suppliers up on those bargain bundles:
1. Their Focus on Big Ticket Items
For many suppliers, the products that make them money are the big-ticket ones “ the bathtub, the shower unit, and the toilet. Those are also the ones that customers generally focus on because they can make or break a bathroom. If you choose a bathtub that is cramped into space, for example, it'll look ridiculous. Paying attention to the big-ticket items is understandable “ but don't let it be at the expense of those finishing touches that make your bathroom uniquely yours. Taps, showerheads, basins and towel rails can be thrown into bundles as an afterthought. Yes, you may get some options, but those options will likely be tailored to the finishes that the suppliers expect you to want. In addition, you may not get any options on the style of tap you want (and there are more than you might think, just check out the eight available handles for these pillar taps).
2. Beware of Hidden Costs
With all bundles, whether you're buying a new bathroom or a new computer, you should always read the small print. As mentioned above, some finishes may be offered as standard by suppliers, but you may have to pay extra for ones that would suit your unique bathroom. These costs can start mounting up to the point where you could've purchased artisan additions to your luxury bathroom for the same price. Bargain hunting doesn't always necessarily work once you dig into the fine print.