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Question DetailsAsked on 6/18/2011

Is $1,300 an excessive price for new bathtub?

First time home owner. Portland Oregon. We need to replace our tub. Its a small 54" space. We ordered a new tub, steel with porcelain covering. Durable and affordable. The place we ordered the tub from recommended a plumbing place to do the installation but their bid came to $1300 plus permit cost and parts. Thats almost 4X the cost of the tub. Does anyone else find that cost excessive or is that about right? Thanks and yes we will be seaking other bids.

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I am installing a new bathtub this weekend. There are quite a few things that need to happen to install a bathtub that could drive the price way up. I'll describe these, since you don't detail them in your original message.

Bathtubs are normally installed in the "rough hole", meaning up against the studs. So in order to install my tub, we are tearing out the flooring (linoleum), the tub surround, and the drywall underneath it. After the bathtub, drain, and fixture are installed, then the drywall, surround and flooring need to be re-installed. I am installing tile and chose this as the right time to replace the tub. So the price would be impacted by:

    Replacing vs. repairing the floorInstalling a new tub surround, materials, and drywall and/or hardy-backer board
    In addition there is the weight of the tub, which you didn't specify. Some of the cast-iron tubs weigh 300-400 pounds, which makes it very difficult for the average homeowner to install.Replacing or reusing the old drain and fixture.

Answered 9 years ago by DanG

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