buy quality products
from manufacturers who know their business. With many cheap far-eastern
imports flooding the market you might be interested to know why it's better to invest in
quality than repent at leisure when your budget purchase lets you down.
DIY superstores will buy in container loads of
cheap sanitary ware from overseas. Many look the business and incorporate
all the styling and looks offered by the more expensive brands. Some even
pose as expensive brands so you will be fooled into spending silly sums of
money, but they are basically cheap tat. Consider that discounted suite you
saw in your local DIY store - the one with the posh name that some guy in
the office dreamed up - what happens in six months time when stock is gone
and you have a small accident with the cistern lid? Spares? Oh no sir, we
don't do spares! Now where are you? There is nothing like a free lunch in
life. Cheap is cheap for a reason. A far eastern manufacturer will copy a
design in the blink of an eye, but he won't necessarily manufacture the
product to British Standards or offer 'after-sales service'.
Buying a suite doesn't need to cost you a
fortune, but it does pay to be discerning with what you are buying.
Avoid quirky designs - things have
developed to the shapes you recognise over many many years for good reason.
For example, a square toilet pan and seat. Who do you know who has a behind
shaped like that? No overflow in the hand basin - beware! Trendy wash bowls
for the bathroom - how do you intend to clean in the tight little crevices
where they sit on work tops?
A little bit of thought and you'll
avoid the pain and expense of tearing out what was a good idea and returning
to conformance. Quality speaks much louder than trendy shapes will ever
manage. Indeed, the proof is in the word 'trendy'. All trends get tired and
boring before long, then you spend your time apologising for your hideous
Style does not translate to fashion.
Fashions come and go. Bathrooms and kitchens add a substantial value to a
property if care is taken during the selection process. You don't want a
prospective buyer to use your choice of bathroom suite to beat your selling
price down do you? "I like the house but the bathroom needs redoing!"
A truly stylish bathroom will stand the tests of time, durability and