Man shopping for bathroom fixtureWe take pride in being remodeling experts, but we understand that some folks want to be a little more hands-on when it comes to redoing their kitchen or bath. Some people prefer to buy their own fixtures because they may want to be sure that they get exactly what they want, and others want to purchase fixtures on their own because they are trying to save a little money.

For whatever the reason you are buying your own plumbing fixtures, you want to be sure to buy the right fixtures. Poorly made, ill-fitting, or otherwise shoddy fixtures will probably end up costing you more money and giving you a greater headache in the long run. The following tips are designed to help you be a smarter, savvier shopper when it comes to buying your own plumbing fixtures:

Get a Vision

If you are simply replacing a broken faucet, this is much easier than if you are doing a whole bathroom remodel. Think about the design and style of your bath or kitchen before you buy anything. Once you know the look you are going for, you can begin to pick out pieces that match your vision.

Make a Shopping List

As you start to shop around, know what fixtures you need to buy. Make a comprehensive list; you may end up finding a package deal somewhere on matching or coordinating items.

Take Measurements

Fixtures come in all different shapes and sizes, and you don’t want to end up with something too big or too small for your space. It’s not that big of a deal to take a faucet back to your local home improvement store, but returning a sink or even a tub may be a bit more problematic or even prohibitive.

Check For Compatibility

Before anything comes home with you, you should check to be sure that you are getting the correct fixture. You need to be sure that the functions of the fixture you are buying are compatible with what you already have. For instance, you don’t want your new tub to be a shade darker than your other fixtures, and you wouldn’t want to buy a new faucet that is the wrong type for your existing sink. You should try to contact your plumber, and confirm that you are getting the right thing before you buy.

Look for Quality

Not all fixtures are created equal. Some may be harder to keep clean. Others may be more likely to break. You want something that will be durable and will have a lot of longevity. A cheaper faucet with lots of plastic parts may work in a guest bathroom that is rarely used, but the same may break in a matter of months if it is going into the only bathroom in your home. Think of fixtures as an investment. Beyond what you see as quality, you will also want to be sure others see your choice as quality.

Compare Prices

As mentioned, many people buy their own fixtures to save money, but if you don’t shop around, you may not be getting a very good deal. You should go to home improvement stores, hardware stores, large discount stores, and even plumbing supply shops as you make your choice. Check out online retailers as well. As you compare prices, find out shipping costs, and ensure that local shops do indeed deliver, especially if you are buying something big. Also, watch for sales or discounts, and surf the web to see if you can find any coupons for more money off. Remember, though, price isn’t everything; if fixtures don’t live up to your other standards, they are never a good deal.

Call a Local Professional

We are here to help you and never to pressure you into making any purchases. If you are in the Dayton and Cincinnati area and all areas in between such as West Chester, Maineville, and Lebanon Ohio and need advice or a free estimate contact us anytime. (937) 623-2619