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Remodeling the bathroom isn’t cheap, yet it is one room prospective buyers scrutinize intensely during visits. Friends, family and relatives all want to see your remodeling work. I have noticed that I, too, glance at a newly remodeled kitchen while listening to some outrageous price tag while paying attention to minute details during a bathroom tour.
The bathtub, seldom a main topic of conversation, is one fixture capable of draining the hardiest budget in a hurry. Today’s tubs are beautiful and some are outfitted with trays for candles, headrests for soaking, water jets and more. All for an appropriate price tag.
Here are three ways to have a new tub without paying the cost of a new one.
One great alternative to buying a completely new bathtub would be a bathtub liner. The contractor molds a sheet of PVC or acrylic to fit over your existing tub like a glove. Once the adhesive cures, no one knows but you and the contractor you didn’t buy brand new.
Choose from a variety of colors and have a new tub at a fraction of the cost. Best of all, there are no expensive installation costs or construction costs.
One company that offers this service nation wide is called Rebath.
There are kits available online and in DIY stores for refinishing metal bathtubs. One part of the kits contains an etching (acid) agent to “rough” the bathtub finish so the new coating will adhere properly. Of course, any rust in the metal needs to be addresses immediately or the efforts will be worthless.
Read the directions carefully, and follow them to the letter. Always work in a well-ventilated area, even if you have to set up a series of household fans to take fumes out of the area. Wearing a respirator to protect yourself from fumes is a must, as are eye protection and gloves.
Commercial companies, found in the phonebook, list bathtub-refinishing services. Shop around for the best price and ask questions about their products, guarantees, and so forth.
Habitat for Humanity Resale Outlets is a wonderful source for new and gently used bathtubs. Many times, brand new houses, remodeled to suit the owner’s desires, resulting in new appliances and fixtures for sale at bargain prices.
Craigslist and local newspapers often carry ads for “you-want-you-haul” household items of all kinds. This could be a source for a free “new” tub. There are homeowners who buy a “dream” bathtub online, only to find out they need to remodel half the house to get it inside and installed. Unable to send it back in most cases, the bathtub is sold at a loss, or given away.
Building salvage companies also offer discounts on building supplies. Call and ask if they have any usable bathtubs in stock. Perhaps that claw foot tub you’ve always wanted is just waiting for you. Refinishing it yourself or having it done professionally could save you thousands.
When you give visitors a tour of your new bathroom, you don’t have to tell them your new tub really isn’t. Let them drool over your choice of color, texture and if they ask how much you spent, just say, “You really don’t want to know.” Okay, you can tell your closest friend.