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Walk-in tubs are available in just about all the sizes and styles as standard models but with one major difference: they feature a watertight door that makes access as easy as stepping into a shower. If you want a simple project, select a model with the same dimensions as your current tub. Making the switch usually doesn't require any structural or major plumbing changes. Large and small units are available — some big enough to have a built-in seat for the ultimate in soaking comfort. Here are a few other features you may wish to consider:
Most walk-in units are comparable in price to mid- to high-range spa and soaking tubs. Costs for walk-in tubs range quite a bit depending on quality and which features you add. The ballpark cost for a walk-in tub including installation typically ranges from $10,000 - $15,000. The largest variables in pricing, aside from the size of the tub, are optional features like jet systems, which can add to your tub's final cost as well.
The good news is that you might be able to recoup much of your project's costs when the time comes to sell your home. Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report for 2013 estimates that homeowners can now expect to recover about 65 percent of the costs of a typical bathroom remodel. That figure is based on a national average - if you live in the Pacific region, you could recoup almost 80 percent of the amount invested in your project.