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Old 2018-03-28, 08:00 AM
byteshero byteshero is offline
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Default Bathroom Upgrades After Closing or Before

Hi All

I hope someone can give me advice based on their own experience

I am purchasing a home through Cardel and the last thing I have left is the bathroom fixtures
I have asked for upgrades to
The soaker tub
the washbasins (x 2) in the main bath
the walk in shower

The prices I have received seem a bit crazy relative to the cost of the item from somewhere like home depot
I expect price would be higher from a builder if you factor in labour and markup but still the price is almost 3 times the cost of the item retail

So my question:

It is worth doing it through the builder during construction or can the faucets be replaced after closing relatively easily and cost effectively from the standard ?
or is the hassle not worth it ?

Specifically referring to a soaker tub faucet with hand shower
Shower Faucet
Basin Faucets

Anyone's experience would be useful

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Old 2018-03-28, 08:08 AM
swales swales is offline
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The shower, sink and regular tubs are very easy to replace yourself and even if you're not comfortable doing it it's not much to have a plumber do it. Now the soaker tub especially with a hand shower is a different story and even most plumbers hate installing or reinstalling those and you will have to cut a whole in the tub for the hand shower and do extra plumbing work to attach it. I know most people looking for a hand shower take the hit and pay the builders crazy prices.
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Old 2018-03-28, 08:48 AM
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I also added the hand shower to the tub. It cost us $5xx through the builder. I expect it to be around th same price or more afterwards so I just did it with them. But I see you’re referring to the actual faucet. Replacing a faucet should be straight forward. Adding/removing is what you may want the builder for.
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Old 2018-03-29, 07:31 AM
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Builders typically install big slab mirrors in bathrooms. Some people choose instead to buy framed mirrors and install them themselves.
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Old 2018-03-29, 01:52 PM
hjuandok hjuandok is offline
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I believe my soaker tub hand shower cost over $600 through minto and I was actually pretty surprised that it was the same junk that comes on a regular tub faucet (except obviously one extra handle). It looks and feels low end but it works well, and the work is done should I decide to upgrade the faucet. Not fun cleaning or rinsing the tub without it. The other upgrades I can't help with since they were reasonably priced. I did do the ceramic shower base (upgraded tiles), under mount sinks in both bathrooms upstairs (came with the counter upgrade), and an upgraded pedestal sink downstairs because I didn't like the look of the round one.
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