This guide helps you decide on whether or not you can handle tub installation yourself, the so-called DIY or you need to hire a professional to do the job after all. We discuss the advantages and drawbacks of each option.

Professional VS DIY Tub Installation Guide

Whether you are looking for a way to spruce up your home or you just want some change, either way a new bath tub may be a great idea. It will definitely add value of your household if nothing else. 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, but you definitely want to make sure you know how to do it before starting.

Do It Yourself Tub installation

If you decide to do the DIY tub installation, there are a few things you may want to look at:

  • You need to make sure you have all the necessary materials and tools to do the job.
  • You want to check the floor area that the tub will be sitting on. Check for the floor cracks, mold or rotting areas. If you have any of these to deal with you may want to think about replacing the part of floor before you do the tub installation.

A few of the benefits of doing the DIY tub installation yourself are as follows:

  • Doing the installation yourself will save you money because you won’t have to pay the labor cost of hiring a professional to do the installation.
  • You can take pride in doing the job yourself.
  • You learn and gain experience.

There are some setbacks when it comes to doing a DIY tub installation on your own:

  • 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 plan on hiring someone to do the tub installation for you, there are several things that you need to be concerned with:

  • You will have to cover all costs of materials used.
  • You will have to cover the cost of labor of the installer to perform the job. Generally, the labor being two times the material price.
  • Most contractors that do bath installations, 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 installation. This will be at your expense and you will have to pay the plumbing contractor separately.

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.