Hire a Pro Advice: Install a Bathtub Door

Get help finding a contractor to install a bathtub door and getting an installed price at a home center. Use an online referral service or find an "installed price" where you buy the door.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Installing a bathtub door can be done by just about any tradesman. It requires the skills of a handyman, a jack-of-all trades who can evaluate, estimate and complete small home repairs. You'll usually find they advertise in local newspapers and are listed as "Handyman Services" in the Yellow Pages. If there's a bulletin board in a hardware store or home center you may find postings of their business cards.

Plan to call a handyman service when you have more than one job. Often they charge a minimum fee to cover the expense of traveling so make it worthwhile for you and the handyman. If you have to take off work to be home for the repair work, you'll benefit from having more than one job on your house "to do" list checked off.

Another option is to ask the retailer where you buy the bathtub door if they have an installation service. Many of the large home centers and lumber yards offer an "Installed Price" for building materials, appliances and fixtures that they sell. The turnkey service is popular for consumers who don't have the time or can't find references. Ask what's implied in the agreement and if the retailer stands behind the installation of the bathtub door. The agreement should clarify the responsibilities of the homeowner, contractor and retailer. The service is added revenue for a retailer who can control the delivery and installation of products sold to their consumers.

To find a contractor online type "contractor referral service" in any search engine and you'll find several who service the area where you live.