Concern about bathroom safety is at the top of the list for many seniors and those facing mobility restrictions.
The bathroom is a place to relax and unwind for most, but bathroom-related accidents are all too common….and one of the major causes of hospitalization among seniors over the age of 65.
Sadly, more than 25% of seniors slips and fall in the bathroom every year. That’s why remodeling your home to maintain independence may be your best option.
That’s why a good strategy for aging-in-place is essential to maintaining a good quality of life. Similarly, a good buying strategy when considering a walk-in tub is essential before you can go ahead and make that all-important purchase.
If you are considering the purchase of a walk-in tub, here are 7 of the most costly mistakes you absolutely have to avoid:
Mistake #1: Buying Cheap Imitations
A good walk-in tub is an amazing investment that could offer you a lifetime of joy.
Focusing on the price and not the tub’s quality is probably the biggest mistake new buyers make.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a purchase and installation of an American-made walk-in tub, it’s just not worth it.
American-made tubs are of the best quality, and most of all, locally manufactured parts are easier to repair or replace.
Mistake #2: Didn’t Try It? Don’t Buy It!
Nothing will be more disheartening than finalizing the professional installation of your brand new walk-in tub – only to realize it doesn’t function as you imagined.
Visualize for a moment the disappointment of filling the tub and suddenly realizing the waterline doesn’t cover your entire body.
Tall people, in general, might find it hard to enjoy in a walk-in tub, but being unable to fully immerse yourself in a therapeutic soak will leave you disappointed.
Walk-in tubs come with so many different features, such as an outward- or inward-swinging door, safety grab bars, hydrotherapy jets, and more, so one of these unique features could be the determining factor in your purchase.
Always try out your tub at a local showroom if you can before you finalize the purchase.
Mistake #3: Don’t Assume Your Water Heater Is Sufficient
Walk-in tubs can use around 50 gallons on average to be exact. Bariatric walk-in tubs can take up to 100 gallons, and two-seater tubs as much as 120 gallons!
Your water heater, on average, only holds 45 gallons. The solution is simple. Include a new water heater in your budget. A 100-gallon water heater can cost more than $2,000 for high-quality heater.
Mistake #4: Never Buy a Walk-In Tub Without a Warranty
Buying a walk-in tub without a lifetime warranty, or at least a 10-year warranty is a big mistake – and just not worth the risk.
Remember, some suppliers only insure the tub and some of the parts, but any labor to replace parts or do maintenance may not be covered by the warranty either. Be sure to check exactly what is, and what is not, covered by your walk-in tub’s warranty.
Mistake #5: Don’t Trust Every Word a Salesman Says!
The walk-in tub industry is extremely competitive and pushy salesmen using high-pressure tactics are common.
Be vigilant when talking to any walk-in tub salesmen and consult specialist walk-in tub companies only after vetting them online.
Many salesmen will say anything to close the deal, and once completed, you might be left with a product up to standard. Always confirm “Made in the USA” claims, ask about additional hidden costs and certifications, and be sure to pick a vendor that not only sells but does the installation too.