After kitchens, bathrooms are the most popular room to renovate or develop. If you ever sell your present home, a gorgeous bathroom can give you the edge over other sellers in your area.
In this guide, we’ll break down the average prices for installing a new bathroom, explain how you can save money and what goes into a bathroom refurbishment.
We’ll advise you how you can find the right tradesperson to get the job done and answer some frequently asked questions.
How Much Do Bathroom Fitters Cost?
The table below breaks down the cost of hiring a bathroom fitter by the type of job you may need doing in your bathroom.
|Type of Job||Time Required||Estimated Labour Costs|
|Remove existing and fit new toilet||Four to five hours||£100 - £125|
|Remove existing and fit new sink||Four to five hours||£100 - £150|
|Remove existing and fit new bath||One day||£150 - £200|
|Preparation and re-tiling of bathroom (4mx4m) walls and floor (tiled area 30m2)||Four days||Tiler:
£600 - £900
£270 - £360
|New shower tray and cubicle||One and a half days||£225 - £300|
|New light fittings/ shaver socket||Two to four hours||£50 - £125|
|General painting and decorating||One day||£100 - £250|
|Total bathroom refit time & labour costs||Eight to nine days||£1,595 - £2,410|
As you can see the tiling labour costs account for 50% of a bathroom refit. Your plumber may include this in your quote and contract their own tiler, or you might need to find a tiler yourself.
Most jobs in a bathroom don’t take longer than a day and so the average cost for small jobs is between £50 and £300. A total bathroom refit on the other hand will cost considerably more in labour costs.
When you want to refurbish your bathroom, you might need to find more than one tradesperson. Using HouseholdQuotes makes this task easy!
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What Factors Affect How Much Bathroom Fitters Charge?
Several factors could have an impact on the final cost of hiring a bathroom fitter. It’s good to have an idea of these factors so you can plan ahead and set a budget.
If you are renewing a small bathroom, you will have less tiling and you won’t have room to fit in other features, such as a shower cubicle or a bidet.
A smaller bathroom will therefore likely cost less in a development or refurbishment project.
Partial or Complete Refit
Whether you are partially, or completely refitting your bathroom will affect your costs. As you can see in the table, the cost of refitting a complete bathroom will cost between £1,595 and £2,410 while taking your bath away and installing a shower will cost on average between £225 and £300.
A standard bathroom will contain:
- Bath with integrated shower
- Or separate shower with shower tray
- Or whirlpool bath
If your needs are slightly different, you might choose to have a wet room installed instead.
If you decide to instal a wet room your bathroom installer will have to make the room completely waterproof. This is done by what’s called ‘tanking’ the area.
You can purchase a paint-on tanking kit to get this job done.
Your bathroom installation specialist will paint over the plasterboard on the walls. Kits will normally contain tanking primer, waterproof tanking tapes for corners and joints, tanking membrane and a mat.
The walls will be covered in primer and left to dry. Then the bathroom installer will cover any corners or joints with tanking tape.
After that, it’s time to paint on the tanking membrane. Once it is dry you can then start any tiling.
Another way to tank your bathroom is to install waterproof boards. These are already treated, and you can go straight ahead and tile over them. Labour costs for installing a wet room will cost between £1,650 and £2,050.
Accessories for a wet room include:
Further accessories (with additional costs) that you might include are:
- Underfloor heating
- Ceiling lights
- Wall and floor tiling
If you are starting from scratch and installing a completely new bathroom, your bathroom fitter might need to fix new plasterboards and add new electric wires before they make a start on the plumbing.
Choice of Tiles
The choice of tiles will also affect the cost of your bathroom. Larger tiles will cost less in labour as they are easier to fit.
The cost of the tiles will also reflect the type of tile you choose. A basic bathroom tile can cost as little as £5 per square metre, but you can also choose high-quality tiling, and these include:
- Marble effect – around £17 per square metre
- Ceramic – around £12 per square metre
- Mosaic – around £27 square metre
- Porcelain – around £14 per square metre
- Glass – around £42 per square metre
- Slate effect – around £22 a square metre
Bigger tiles are quicker to instal, and smaller tiles are more labour intensive. Tilers charge between £20 and £40 per square metre.
Mini Skip Hire
You might not need a full skip for your bathroom project, but jobs such as tiling can create a lot of waste.
It might, therefore, be beneficial to consider hiring a mini skip. Mini skip hire is between £85 and £135 depending on your location.
Trades and materials cost more if you live in London or the south of England. Therefore, your location will make a difference to your costs.
You can expect to pay less in the North of England than if you are located in London.
How Can I Save Money When Hiring a Bathroom Fitter?
There are some ways you can keep the costs of hiring a bathroom fitter down.
First, consider doing some of the work yourself.
You can rip out the bathroom fittings and remove the tiles from the walls. This might save you a day’s labour at between £150 and £200.
By taking on some of the jobs yourself, you will have to dispose of any waste material yourself. You can arrange for them to be left at the tip (which you’ll have to pay for) or consider hiring a skip.
You also have the option to buy your bathroom suite and use a bathroom fitter to install it.
Find out from bathroom fitters whether they get a good trade discount that may make it cheaper to buy from them. If not, look for a bathroom suite yourself.
If you are buying your own bathroom suite, decide what type and style of bathroom you want before you start looking. Knowing what you want will make it easier to narrow down the prices from each supplier.
Quality bathroom fittings are more expensive than the cheaper styles you can pick up at a DIY store. Prices for a bath in a DIY store range from £90 up to £630, whereas higher quality products such as a whirlpool bath could sell for £1,000 or more.
Keep your old fixtures and fittings, like taps, mirrors, and shower doors if you want to save money and ask them to be fitted into your new bathroom design.
If you intend to live in your home for a long time, then use high-quality bathroom fittings and good tiling. This will make sure your bathroom stays looking good for many years.
Tiling makes the bathroom easier to clean and walk-in showers are popular with householders who aren’t bothered about a bath.
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What’s Involved in Fitting a Bathroom?
Firstly, order your bathroom either through your contractor or by doing it yourself.
The whole bathroom will need to be ripped out if you’re going for a full renovation, or the features you want to replace will need to be removed.
Wall tiles will be removed, if necessary.
After, any old electrics or plumbing pipes will be taken out. When everything has gone the new wires and pipes will be put into place.
Any levelling, waterproofing and reinforcing where necessary will be carried out.
The shower tray and/or bath will now be installed, with the new tiling carried out after.
Any other bathroom fittings including taps or towel rails will then be installed.
At this point in the installation, the features will be tested for any leaks or faults. If all is working, everything from the shower to the lighting and extractor fan will be wired up.
The final big job will be to tile the floors, after which the bathroom can be decorated to your liking.
Whatever design you choose for your bathroom make sure you use a reliable professional where you need to. HouseholdQuotes can help you find who you need, to give you no-obligation quotes, quickly.
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How Do I Find and Hire a Professional Fitter?
Start by asking around friends, family, and work colleagues. They could have carried out a bathroom refit recently and might be happy to recommend the tradesperson to you. When you’re walking around your area also keep a lookout for company vans.
If you prefer to find your own bathroom installer, then you should use HouseholdQuotes!
All you need to do is fill in the online form, which takes less than a minute. We’ll then find bathroom installers in your area to give you no-obligation quotes, fast.
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Ensuring the Professional Is the Right Fit
Make sure all your quotes include the same jobs. By having identical quotes, you will be able to compare prices more easily.
Use the below questions to ensure the professional you want to hire is the right fit for you.
- Have you got customer feedback and photographs of any work you’ve done in the past? The tradesperson may have a portfolio to show you, or they may direct you to their website. Websites often have case studies, photographs, and customer testimonials.
- Are you a member of any trade associations? Trade associations will only grant membership to tradespeople with a good work record. They also need to have high standards of workmanship.
- Do you give any guarantees or warranties for materials and your workmanship?
- Do you have public liability insurance? All tradespeople should have public liability insurance. If they don’t, then don’t use them.
Public liability insurance protects the tradesperson and yourself from any claims against you. This can be for injury or damages as a result of an accident while work is being carried out in your home.
- Do you arrange to get rid of the waste or is that up to me to sort out?
The checklist below will help to make sure you’ve got everything you need to hire the best bathroom fitter for you:
- Decide on your budget
- Choose your tiles and bathroom appliances
- Decide what jobs you can do yourself
- Purchase your fittings and tiles
- Do any jobs you want to do yourself, like removing old features and tiling
- Find a professional to help you by using HouseholdQuotes
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does a New Bathroom Suite Cost?
Or you can spend between £1,000 and £2,000 on a basin, toilet, and bath from a high street company. Then there are bespoke bathroom designers who can charge the price of a small car.
If you want to read more about the price of bathroom suites have a look at our guide to the cost of installing bathroom suites.
Do I Need Planning Permission for a Bathroom Renovation?
Before you start your building project visit your local planning office and talk to them about what you want to do. They will advise you about building regulations and what you need to do to comply with them.