Tearing it out
Be sure to install a new bathtub faucet and a complete drain system if you tear out the old tub. These items are well worth the cost, as you don't want to hassle with this bathroom fixture once the job is over. Now is the time to make this part of your home maintenance-free for many years.
Take the time to read the written installation instructions once you've made your decision. This will help you interview potential contractors. Ask them questions about the installation process, making sure they know exactly how the tub should be supported and any special installation steps that must be taken to ensure the warranty is valid.