Freestanding baths have been an ongoing trend for some time, and this isn’t surprising considering their attractiveness and appeal. If you have a freestanding bath in your bathroom, your bathroom is instantly transformed; it is no longer a stale and boring room where you just do some important hygienic functions – it becomes a fashionable, stylish, and unique room where you can really enjoy spending your time. But if you’re thinking of buying and installing a freestanding bath, there are some things you should know first. Here’s what you should really expect when buying and installing a freestanding bath.
A lot more choices
Most people, when they think of freestanding baths, think of the traditional, Victorian-era claw-footed bath. But you may be surprised to know that there are more choices nowadays, and baths have become more modern and contemporary with sleek lines and curves. Freestanding baths today are also less expensive than you may think; Internet retailers can present you with plenty of choices for a mere £500 budget. Make it a point to do your research – look around, both online and in shops, and don’t forget to compare prices so you can get the best deal.
Aside from the cost of the bath, you also have to think about other expenses, particularly plumbing. Some extra pipework may be needed, and when you speak to a plumber and builder, ask them about the cost of flooring, plastering, and decorating. Also, the cost of the installation can go up considerably if you’re thinking of re-flooring the entire floor area of your bathroom, or if you have to have a whole wall re-plastered because of the pipes. You have to be clear about what exactly you want done, and the plumber and builder should also be clear about the cost of their quote and its coverage.
Saving on costs
Of course, you can save a bit on expenses if you can do some of the work yourself. For instance, rather than letting the plumber or builder carry off your old bath, you can do it yourself by hiring a van. You can do this not only with your existing bath, but any rubbish as well. When purchasing your bath, look for special sales or discounted offers on baths; a lot of Internet suppliers will have some bargains. Some suppliers even offer free delivery services (particularly on orders which go beyond a certain price), so check this out as well.
But it’s worth it
In the end, however, having a freestanding bath is definitely worth it. It’s an investment for your home, and it can significantly increase your property’s value. Besides, having a bath is a great way of indulging yourself, so for this alone, the investment is well worth it.
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