Installing a new bathroom suite is one of the major investments a homeowner has to make at least once over the ownership of a property. The costs can vary, depending on whether you decide to do the work yourself or engage the services of a specialist bathroom fitter. The skill set you will need to possess is extensive, from electrics to plumbing, painting and decorating. This article will provide you with some guidance on how much it will cost to fit a new bathroom.
Here is what you can expect to learn from reading this article:
- Why it’s important to decide from the outset whether you are taking a DIY or Professional approach.
- What the major factors affecting overall bathroom installation costs are.
- The price difference between installing a standard bathroom suite over going all in and choosing a luxury bathroom suite.
- Some of the things you can do to keep costs lower e.g. not changing bathroom taps.
- The opportunity to receive a no obligation quote from expert bathroom installers with a proven track record and verifiable testimonials from satisfied customers.
DIY or Professional Bathroom Installation?
As mentioned earlier, one of the first decisions you need to make when it comes to a bathroom upgrade is whether you will do the job yourself, or appoint an expert. Unless you are an accomplished plumber, tiler, electrician and painter all rolled into one, finding an expert is the most cost and time effective way to go. When it comes to costs and a DIY approach, you may be able to control the cost of the individual items such as sink, toilet, bath or shower. However, the quality of the installation may not be as perfect because of the lack of required expertise.
An expert installation offers three major advantages:
- A single price for the job covering all aspects of the installation including changing bath taps if needed.
- One point of contact for the job that will manage and coordinate all the trades to deliver the bathroom of your dreams.
- Enjoy peace of mind
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Factors Affecting The Overall Cost of Bathroom Installation
Once you have decided to go down the professional installation route, the next step is to have an understanding of how much each component of a bathroom installation costs. This will permit you to compare prices on a like for like basis.
Below is a price guide on what you can expect to pay for the separate service aspects (electrical, plumbing, tiling etc.) as well as for the different parts of the bathroom suite. Generally, the cost for a bathroom replacement will range from about £2,500 to over £6,000 for the basic (lower end of the scale) to luxury bathroom (£6k plus). Below are UK average costs for a standard bathroom upgrade with minimal redesign work for each aspect of the bathroom installation job.
Depending on how old your current bathroom is, you may be looking to upgrade the lighting to led spotlights, both for their nice look and lower running costs. Other electrical work may include installing a hand dryer, shaving socket, extractor fan and power shower. Typical costs can be around the £300 mark depending on other variables.
Tiling is one of those trades which require expertise if to be executed flawlessly. Depending on the size of the bathroom and the type of tiles chosen, as well as whether you are supplying the tiles, costs may vary widely. An average cost for tiling is between £800-£950. This is one of the more difficult and costly mistakes to rectify post project so it’s important to ensure you get the best tiler you can afford.
One of the most commonly ignored “extras” that comes to haunt most homeowners is flooring. Some bathroom fitters will omit flooring on their quotes to make sure their price is low and then add it on as an extra. You should always ensure you have the price included if you are looking to replace the flooring. For vinyl flooring, you can expect to pay in the region of £200 – £400 depending on the size of the bathroom.
Undoubtedly, a bigger chunk of your money will go towards plumbing related activities including new taps, toilet, shower or bath and sink. The costs can mount if there is a significant alteration to the existing layout, requiring more plumbing work. About £700 to £900 will be required for the plumbing services.
Most people prefer to select the bathroom suite of their choice and then find an installer. It is a significant purchase and when you have made such a commitment, it’s vital you find the right installer who will bring your dream to life. Bathroom suite prices will typically be around the £1000 mark for standard suites, with budget ones coming a bit lower and luxury suites significantly higher.
Old Bathroom Removal & Waste
Finally, another important aspect is the cost of gutting the existing bathroom and disposing of the waste appropriately. Depending on the type of fixtures you currently have, there may be scrap value to them.
You may decide to remove and keep these items yourself and then the contractor will do the rest. Since tradesmen pay a disposal fee via their business rates they will charge a modest fee for disposing of the waste on your behalf. Average costs for gutting and waste disposal fall within the £300 to £500 mark. Hiring a skip is common then all the waste can be removed in one go.
Hopefully you now have a general idea of how much you can expect to pay when it comes to bathroom installation costs. As discussed above, a variety of factors will affect the overall cost and regional price differences should not be ignored also. The phrase “London prices” is common and you can generally expect to pay less in different parts of the UK.