Putting a home together is a truly unique experience, and certainly one that many look forward to for a very long time. Assuming that everything has been taken care of and all the paperwork and such has already been dealt with satisfactorily, the design phase can be fun and freeing. It can be nerve-wracking also, considering that picking what goes into the home must be counterbalanced by some smart decision making. After all, simply choosing the cheapest or the flashiest item to be put to regular home use might be an unwise decision resulting in awkwardness later on when the items break or otherwise fail to deliver on what the family needs.
Breakage isn’t always the biggest issue – after all, toilet repairs and the like can be easy to either do yourself or hire someone to take care of – but unwisely choosing household items can end up with you still wasting money. Even choosing the aforementioned toilet requires some careful consideration – overlook this daily-use item at your own peril, because when these go out of commission or fail to give you what you need from it, it’s next to impossible to ignore. Fortunately, choosing a good toilet can be made easier by keeping a few things in mind.
- Don’t cheap out. While some contractors do offer cheaper deals and the like, these might be for lower-quality parts and equipment – after all, they wouldn’t offer them so cheaply if they didn’t get them so cheaply, and these things are often cheap for a reason. A toilet is an item you use on a daily basis, sometimes fairly often in one day, so don’t cheap out on it.
- Unique features can be fun, but they can be costlier in the long run – and annoying if they turn out to eventually need replacing. Specialized flushes, automatic seat and lid opening and closing – it’s nice to have this stuff, but it can be a big headache to get the parts repaired or replaced since they’re fairly niche.
- Decide carefully about the model you need. Do you want a standard gravity model or a pressure-assist model? Pressure-assist models tend to use less water, so if that is a priority that should be your pick. Once you’ve made your choice, feel free to consult flush ratings online so you can make an informed decision as to which specific design will work best for you.
- Speaking of design, consider how well the design will mesh with your bathroom, but look at other practical concerns too. For example, a wall-hung toilet has a unique look but it also tends to be easier to clean.