Guide helps you examine whether or not to do a bathtub installation yourself or hire a professional to do the job for you. The advantages and drawbacks of each option (professional or DIY).
Whether you are looking for a way to spruce up your home; or maybe are just ready for a change; either way a new bath tub installation may be a great choice for you to accomplish this and add value to your home. You can hire a professional to come and do it for you, or you can decide to do it yourself. Bath installation is not an extremely hard job to do, but you will definitely want to make sure you know how to do it before you start.
Do It Yourself Tub installation
If you decide to do it yourself, there are a few things you may want to look at.
- You will need to make sure you have all the necessary materials and tools to do the job.
- You will want to be sure and check the floor area that the tub will be sitting on. Be sure to check the floor for cracks, mold, and rotting areas. If you have any of these occurring you may want to think about replacing that part of floor before you do the tub installation.
A few of the benefits of doing this job yourself are as follows:
- Doing the installation your self will save you money because you won’t have to pay the labor cost from hiring a professional to do the installation.
- You can take pride in doing the job yourself.
There are some setbacks when it comes to doing a tub installation on your own. The setbacks that may occur are as follows:
- No insurance- if you tear something up you have to cover the cost to fix it.
- You may not have all the time that you need to finish the job quickly.
- Getting stuck on something and then having to hire someone to come in and start from where you left off may lead to more cost in the long run.
These are just some of the few minor setbacks that can occur while doing this on your own.
Hiring a Professional to do a Tub Installation for You
If you are planning on hiring some to do the bath installation for you, there are several things that you will need to be concern with.
- You will have to cover all costs of materials for the person to do it.
- You will have to cover the cost of labor for the installer to perform the job. Generally the labor is two times the material price.
- Most contractors that do bath installations, will want any existing problems (or problems they find); that are not related to their specialty (probably plumbing) to be fixed before they continue finishing the tub installation. This will be at your expense and you may have to pay the plumbing contractor for lost time.
The benefit is that you don’t have to worry about trying to find the time to do it yourself. If you do not feel comfortable with doing a tub installation yourself; that alone can be worth paying someone the price to do it for you.