Renovating and Updating in the Internet Age: Shopping Online for Tubs, Showers, and Faucets

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Gone are the days when shopping for bathroom fixtures meant going from store to store in search of the best options. In these modern times, you can do all your searching on the internet and have your chosen products delivered straight to your door. This convenience is of course welcomed since it makes planning a renovation a lot easier. However, there are some things you need to look out for when buying tubs, faucets and showers online.

Read the specs

You need to make sure that the fixtures on the products you’re buying match up with what you have in your bathroom. Online photos may not always show you the entire item so you may need to call or email before buying. As an example, you need to match your new faucet with the number of mounting holes on your sink.

As Consumer Reports reminds us, most sinks come with pre-drilled holes for faucets and accessories.  If your countertop has more holes than the faucet, the base plate sold with your faucet can be used to cover them. However, you shouldn’t buy a faucet that requires more holes than your sink has and you shouldn’t try to drill additional holes to make it fit.

Read the reviews

This is key when buying products for your bathroom.  When you shop online for a convenient bathtub, you may like the look but can’t tell how the material feels. Since you can’t see the tub in person, you definitely won’t know if it is comfortable before you buy it. The only way to get an idea of how it feels and performs is to read any available reviews. The same goes for showers and faucets. Did some buyers identify flaws which showed up shortly after purchase?  On the other hand, did the item last way longer than expected? Listen to those who have already had the experience so you can make the smartest choice.

Read up on warranty and after-sale service

Even if you buy the most recommended product, things can go wrong. What happens if your faucet suddenly begins to drip relentlessly or a crack appears in your shower enclosure?  You need to know if there’s a warranty offered, how long it lasts and what exactly it covers. You also need to find out if there is an authorized parts dealer or service provider in your area who can help you in the event of problems. Don’t forget to find out if you would need to foot the full bill for any repairs or replacements.

 

Read the returns policy

Suppose your new shower enclosure shows up and it’s the wrong size. Or the faucet looks nothing like what it looked like online. You need to know what recourse you have. Before making a purchase, check to see the circumstances under which products can be returned and whether you will need to pay for postage. Some retailers may also charge a restocking fee.

Shopping online for bathroom fixtures can be both enjoyable and convenient. You just need to do your due diligence before you hit “Add to cart”. Check the reviews, product specifications, warranty information and returns policy and you’ll be well on your way to making a sensible purchase that you won’t regret.

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