Replacing a low-quality, nondescript bath with a beautifully-made luxury model is a fantastic way to enhance the appearance of your bathroom and perhaps even add value to your property. This process does present certain challenges though and it's important to consider these before you go ahead with your purchase.

Choose the right style

When they first begin shopping for a bath, many people are surprised at how many different styles there are. Whilst it can be tempting to buy the first one that catches your eye, this is not advisable; if you rush this decision you may find yourself stuck with a bath that is not a good fit for your home. When looking at a particular model, consider whether it will fit into your bathroom from both a practical and an aesthetic viewpoint; you might, for instance, dream of owning a large, ornately-designed claw-footed tub; however, if your bathroom is small in size and minimalistic in design, this style would not only clash with the existing decor but would also make the space look and feel quite cramped. In this case, a sleek, simple three-wall alcove model might be a better choice.

Ask for help with waterproofing

Even if you have some experience with D.I.Y projects, you will probably need the help of a professional for waterproofing the tub. Anyone who carries out bathroom waterproofing in Australia must either complete a compliance statement afterwards (to prove that their work has been carried out in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3740) or hold a valid waterproofing licence.

Waterproofing the bath correctly is not only essential from a legal standpoint but also from a financial one; if it is done carelessly you could end up having to deal with costly repairs caused by water damage to the floor of the bathroom.

Set a realistic budget for your purchase

When planning this purchase, it's important to take into account not only the price of the bath itself but also the costs associated with installing and waterproofing it. Replacing an existing bath with a similarly-sized model is unlikely to be very pricey but you should still factor in this additional expense when making your decision about which model to buy, particularly if you're on a tight budget. It's worth noting the style you choose could influence the price you pay for its installation; if you opt for a freestanding bath for example, the plumber you hire may need to adjust the position of the water and waste pipes to accommodate the tub. This process can be quite complex and so will most likely cost more than a standard installation. 

For more information, contact companies like Westside Sealants Pty Ltd.