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What’s the Cost to Install a Bathtub?

One of the most enjoyable elements of owning a home is embarking on a redecorating project. Have you found yourself ready to install a new bathtub? You might be wondering how much it’ll cost you.

Tub prices can vary from $350 to upwards of $8,500, although the average is around $2,600.

You also need to consider installation costs. At Michael & Son, bathtub installation prices start at $875.

As you plan your budget, let’s take a closer look at some key factors that go into the overall cost, including:

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Cost Factor #1: Selecting Your Bathtub

The purchase price of your tub will eat up the majority of your budget. Typically, the more higher-end tub you select, the more expensive it will be.

For example, a custom spa tub with whirlpool jets is going to set you back around $7,000. A standard alcove tub however, may only be around $400. That’s a BIG difference in price, but it really comes down to personal preference.

To help you decide what’s most important, ask yourself these questions:

What material do I want my tub to be made of?

Budget-friendly options: Porcelain-enameled steel or acrylic are commonly installed for affordability, as they tend to be the cheapest option. Not only are they lightweight, which helps save on installation costs, they’re also readily available in standard drop-in sizes at major retailers.

High-end options: Ceramic or marble bathtubs can cost 5-7 times more than steel or acrylic. However, if it’s durability you’re looking for, rest assured that a ceramic or marble tub will last a lifetime. They also retain heat exceptionally well, so if you like to soak for hours on end, the extra investment might be worth it for you.

Do I want my tub to be freestanding or installed into the wall?

Freestanding tubs tend to cost more than drop-in tubs. In order to be freestanding, they often must be made of a heavier, more expensive material. They also tend to require more space, which might increase your installation costs (if you need to move plumbing around).

Do I want extra features like whirlpool jets or an accessible walk-in design?

Whirlpool jets or jacuzzi spas are considerably more money. You could easily end up spending 10 times more than a standard tub, given the materials and labor involved. However, if you have back problems that require hydrotherapy or you’re simply looking for a luxurious at-home spa experience, the extra cost could be well worth it.

Walk-in tubs are in the same ballpark cost of whirlpool tubs. But if you have accessibility issues, then it’s also a must-have feature that’s worth your investment.

Cost Factor #2: Faucets & fixtures

In addition to your tub, you’ll also need to factor in the cost of your faucet. Typically, bathtub faucets range from $50 to over $300, depending on the material and style.

If you have a bath/shower combo though, you may also want to update fixtures like your showerhead or wand handle. Showerheads have a vast range in price, starting at $75 and going all the way up to $800 or more for a top-of-the-line rainshower setup.

Cost Factor #3: Potential Tub or Shower Demolition

Need to demolish an existing tub or shower? Demolition costs typically can fall in the $100-$150 range.

A contractor will have to assess your bathroom’s unique layout and size to offer a more specific estimate. However, for larger bathrooms with extensive tile or wall surroundings, you can expect to pay more given the labor involved.

Cost Factor #4: The Contractor You Hire

In general, more experienced contractors tend to charge more money for their services.

However, when it comes to your new bathtub installation, it’s critical that the job is done right. If installed incorrectly, you could end up with leaks that lead to costly water damage down the line.

When searching for a quality contractor you can trust, look for the following signs:

  • Proof of licensing & insurance
  • 10+ years in business
  • 5-star reviews from satisfied customers
  • Up-front, transparent pricing
  • Written guarantee of work to be completed

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