For those that love bathing, there is nothing like taking a long soaking bath. Add some air jets and that soaking bath can become quite therapeutic. However what happens when one gets older or develops a physical impairment that makes it difficult to get into and out of the traditional tub? Then the ability to enjoy the long soak in the tub disappears. So what is the solution? Check out walk-in tubs. Walk-in tubs can help a person stay independent and still enjoy that traditional soaking bath. And when you add air jets the bathing experience can actually be therapeutic.
Learn more and find out how a walk-in tub can aid mobility and prevent falls associated with getting in and out of a regular tub.
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If you are going to remodel a Bathroom and add a walk-in tub be sure to check out the Contractor
If you are looking to remodel a bathroom and add a walk-in tub be sure to check out the contractor. Here are some questions to ask when interviewing home maintenance people and contractors:
- How long they have been in business?
- Do they give written estimates? If so, do they charge for these estimates?
- Do they have General Liability insurance?
- Are they a licensed contractor in the State of your residence?
- Do they have their own crew or do they use only subcontractors?
- What are their payment terms?
- Do they guarantee their work or does the work done come with a warranty? If so, how long?
If you are starting a larger remodeling project such as updating a bathroom, kitchen or installing a new roof you should ask these questions, and definitely get more than one estimate-especially if you are in doubt as the reasonableness of the dollar amount requested for the project:
- Will I have a project supervisor for my job?
- Will your employees work on my project or will it also require some subcontractors?
- How many projects like mine have you completed in the last 12 months?
- May I have a list of referral customers that you've worked for in the last 6 months?
- What percentage of your business is referral business?
- Are you a member of any local/regional or national trade associations?
Here are more tips about working with Contractors
This is an extra step but homeowner's starting large remodeling projects should verify that the contractor has liability insurance, is licensed, and has workmen's compensation:
- Verify insurance by asking the contractor to have their insurance agent send you a current Certificate of Insurance. This certificate will list their Workmen's Compensation policy and effective dates and/or their General Liability Policy with the respective dates when the insurance is in effect. Some contractors have been known to "fake" these documents, and hence, getting the document directly from their insurance agent provides an extra level of verification.
- If licensing is required in your state, a homeowner should contact the State Board of Contractors Office to verify the contractor's licensing status. Note that not all states require licensing.
- If you are going to contract for any job, regardless of size, the contractor should detail in writing what the scope of work is, and the specific details of all improvements/renovations/repairs to be made. This is called your Construction Contract or Construction Agreement. Be sure to read the fine print.
- This agreement needs to include the payment terms, and at what point(s) in the progress of the job a draw will be earned and payable. Be cautious of contractors asking for down payments in excess of 20%, depending on the financial size and scope of the project.
Fixing up your home and remodeling can be a rewarding experience. Just remember to protect your rights and your home. If in doubt, talk to someone you trust to make sure you are making the right decision.
We wish you happy bathing and independence!