A new bathroom
Sometimes, you have the feeling that you are overwhelmed because there are too many choices. If you are planning to buy a bathroom in the Netherlands, you can have this feeling. Where do I start? What is normal here? What do I need to expect? In some cases, it is the same as when you want to buy a kitchen.
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Where can you buy a bathroom in the Netherlands?
There are specialized showrooms all over the Netherlands where you can buy a bathroom. Normally, they sell everything which you need for your bathroom. Shower arms, tiles, toiletry cabinets and much more. Ideally, to go and visit to get an idea of what you want.
In most cases, you just can enter a showroom without an appointment. Scheduling an appointment is wise to do when you are seriously interested. Most of the time, the salespeople will make more time for you.
Also, you find a section in every construction store with appliances for bathrooms like tiles, baths, tabs etc. Mostly, they are cheaper than the specialized stores. However, they only sell the materials. So, you need to find a handyman to do the job or do it yourself. Another remark, the quality can differ a lot.
Then, you have specialized stores in tiles. If you want something special, go there.
You can also buy the materials online.
The last one: is construction companies
Did you know that construction companies can renovate bathrooms too? This can also be a good start in your journey. Especially, when there is more work to do in your house than only modernizing your bathroom.
When you want to buy a bathroom, first take a look at your current situation.
– Is it possible to renovate the bathroom when living in the house? The best moment to renovate the bathroom is when you are not living in the house.
– What is the state of your current bathroom?
– Are you satisfied with the current floor plan? Or does it need to change?
– How important is the bathroom for you?
– What items have to be there? Do you want a bath, shower or drawer? What about a vent, toilet, sink or light?
– Is there a budget?
– What is your style?
– Measure your bathroom including the doors, windows and connections.
– What are your routines? Is the whole family brushing their teeth at the same time? Do you like to shower long, or is a bath after work a way to relax for you?
– Ask for an appointment with your preferred supplier. They will take you more seriously.
Visit a showroom or supplier
You know what you want and need, your budget and where to go. So, it is time to buy a bathroom! Exciting!
Keep in mind that there are many tricks salesmen have. So don’t be surprised if they offer you lunch, coffee with apple pie or even wine. Or, that they want you to decide the same day because it is a special price. Keep calm, be direct in what you want, and ask for an offer. Take time to think and ask for at least one other offer from another company.
A basic bathroom will start from €4.000,00, and a luxurious bathroom can cost you easily €20.000,00.
Some tips and tricks for the best offer
– Negotiate on the price! Yes, in this case, it is really common in the Netherlands. Up to 10% off is normal. In some cases even more.
– Consider what you can do yourself. Are you able to demolish the existing tiles? Assemble furniture?
– Compare prices. If you want to have the offer checked, we can do it for you! Just send a message.
– Think about how to clean the new bathroom. Now, it’s time to make it yourself easy!
– Ask for the date in which the bathroom can be installed. Be aware that a waiting list is normal, and it can take several months.
For the best result
When somebody comes over to do work for you, take care of coffee and cookies. They will highly appreciate it. Ask daily how the work is going, and check their work regularly. Be direct! You can expect a lot of dust, noise and cleaning work. Also, inform the neighbours that you are planning to renovate the bathroom and how long it will take. This helps to keep the relationship well.
Our own experiences
We didn’t have much choice as we bought a new house and our budget was tight. The bathroom was less important than the kitchen for us.
So the basic bathroom as included in the contract was fine. It included a shower, sink and toilet. We could only choose 3 colours of tiles on the floor and wall. Although the seller was really surprised by it, we wanted nothing extra. I had a plan to make the bathroom cosier. Low budget. And: it worked out very well.
Step 1: We placed a glass shower screen, to prevent the floor will be flooded every time you take a shower.
Step 2: Buying an old oak table, saw it into planks. And glue it on the windowsill.
Step 3: Buy an old oak drawer to use as storage in the bathroom.
Step 4: Apply sealant around the sink, shower screen and toilet. This helps to keep cleaning easy.
Total costs: €350.00.
If you want to buy a bathroom in the Netherlands, know what you want and need. Compare prices and negotiate. And take care well of the people who mount the bathroom. Good luck.
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