Most people do a significant amount of research into different walk-in bathtubs before selecting the one they want to purchase. You’ve probably compared sizes, features, customer reviews, price, and virtually every aspect of the product itself. But when you buy a walk-in tub, you’re going to need someone to install it. How much research have you done into the installers you’ll be using? Keep reading to learn what you should be looking for before you commit to that walk-in tub.

Is Installation Provided?

The first question to ask, of course, is whether or not the company you’re purchasing from will also be providing the installation. This is also an essential factor in the final price of the tub you buy; an honest, upfront tub company should clarify whether or not the cost of installation is included. If it is included, you should look into who they’ll use to install the tub for you—a third-party company or their installers—so that you can do proper research into those contractors.

If the installation is not included, this means you’ll need to find someone to install it yourself. This requires a bit of extra legwork on your part, and it can be a bit tougher to find someone who can handle the job. Keep this in mind when choosing which walk-in tub company you want to buy from.

Have They Handled Walk-In Tubs Before?

A contractor can have years of experience installing bathtubs—but that doesn’t mean they’ve ever handled a walk-in tub before. Walk-in bathtubs can be much more challenging to manage, maneuver, and install if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, it’s essential to ensure that the installers you use have experience with walk-in tubs specifically.

If the installation is provided through the company providing the tub, you probably don’t have to worry too much about this. They’ll already have connections with contractors they know can handle the job. If you’re finding a contractor yourself, make sure you ask specifically about walk-in tubs and their experience in that area.

Do They Respect Clients’ Homes?

Any contractor you let into your home should have a reputation for being professional and respectful of their clients’ property. They should take care not to damage anything and clean up any messes that the installation may cause. Regardless of whether the walk-in tub company is choosing your installer or you’re choosing one yourself, it would help if you looked into this. Check out customer reviews to see how the installers behaved on past jobs. If you see many bad reviews mentioning issues on this matter, you might want to work with someone else—even if that means finding a tub from a different company.

Installing walk-in bathtubs is a job that should always be left to a professional. Just follow the tips above, and you’ll find the right professional for the job.