Tap into a bargain
IN the Weekend Shopper’s Bathrooms category, buyers will find a host of bathroom items at heavily discounted prices.
Brand new basins and exhaust fans still in their boxes range upwards of $35 and bathroom mirrors, depending on their size start at $10 each.
Tubs, showerheads, toilet cisterns, shaving cabinets and bathroom accessories vary in price depending on quality.
Bathrooms Are Us owner Randall Morrison has operated his Geebung business for more than 15 years.
He spoke to Weekend Shopper about the regulations surrounding the installation of bathroom products.
“Some people think they can willy nilly add things to their bathrooms. But there are actually a lot of laws that regulate what can and can’t happen in bathrooms,” Mr Morrison said.
“For example, heaters and towel rails have to be a certain distance from the bath and shower.
“They must be installed by qualified electricians. You can’t just stick them anywhere. There are laws that regulate their placement. And there are heavy penalties for failing to observe them.”
Mr Morrison said shoppers need to be aware they can purchase bathroom products, but they may have to be connected by qualified plumbers and/or electricians depending on what the item is.
“Exhaust fans must be installed by electricians and taps by a qualified plumber who will check them to ensure they meet recognised standards,” he said.
“In terms of taps most people are now buying mixers (one tap that dispenses both hot and cold water).
“I recommend the mixers because they are easier to service than two taps. They have a cartridge disk that can be replaced which is easier than having to replace two washers. It makes cleaning easier, too.”
Shoppers will also find entire ensuites on offer including corner sliding panel shower, vanity, mirror, three-in-one exhaust fan, and towel rails in good condition for $180.
Mr Morrison suggests shoppers should ensure their shower trays are correctly waterproofed.
“If the shower tray’s not bedded down properly or it leaks it can be very costly. I have visits from at least two customers a week that have problems with waterproofing.
“It can cost anything from $2500 to $5000 to fix.”
For the purists who are smitten with the idea of a gorgeous old, cast iron clawfoot bath these can also be found in the Bathrooms category.
An original clawfoot bathtub in good condition with four feet and a rectangular top for wall mounting sells for $250.
“You can purchase brandnew acrylic claw baths for around $1000. Or you can have an old one resurfaced for $500$600.
“But remember, an old cast iron clawfeet baths weigh about 160 kilograms.
“Basically, it’s about having four good mates who will come around and help you lift it. Especially if you have stairs,” Mr Morrison said.