We surveyed recommended bathroom fitters to find out how much you should spend on 12 common jobs and how long they should take to complete.
We asked Which? Local-recommended bathroom fitters to complete a survey about the cost and completion time for 12 standard bathroom fitting jobs.
Armed with this information, you'll know what questions to ask, roughly what price you can expect to pay and how long jobs should take when hiring a bathroom fitter.
Bathrooom fitting prices and completion times
All of our prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.
|Job||Details||Typical price quoted||Price range||Typical time to complete job|
|Survey conducted July 2012|
|Fit a new pedestal basin||Remove and dispose of old basin. Install a new basin in the same position. Customer supplying new basin.||£90||£70-£120||1-2 hours|
|Fit a new toilet||Remove and dispose of old toilet. Install a new toilet in the same position. Customer supplying new toilet.||£100||£75-£140||1.5-3 hours|
|Fit a new bath||Remove and dispose of old bath. Install a new bath in the same position. Customer supplying new bath.||£175||£124-£220||3-5 hours|
|Tile a small bathroom||Approximate room size 7' x 7'1”.||n/a||£374-£800||1-3 days|
|Tile a medium bathroom||Approximate room size 10'2”.||£750||£600-£1,000||2-4 days|
|Tile a large bathroom||Approximate room size 13'4”.||£1,000||£700-£1,315||3-6 days|
|Install underfloor heating – small bathroom||Approximate room size 7' x 7'1”.||£450||£350-£577||4-8 hours|
|Install underfloor heating – medium bathroom||Approximate room size 10'2”.||£575||£450-£743||4-8 hours|
|Install underfloor heating – large bathroom||Approximate room size 13'4”.||£700||£540-£850||1–2 days|
|Reseal bath||Standard size bath. Remove existing silicone and reseal. ||£60||£45-£75||1–2 hours|
|Change taps on bath||Remove old mixer tap and replace with new mixer tap.||£65||£50-£80||1-2 hours|
|Install extractor fan in bathroom wall||Supply and fit an axial extractor fan into bathroom wall with short duct leading to exterior of property.||£200||£150-£240||2-4 hours|
Bathroom fitting: trader tips
In addition to the pricing and completion time information, the recommended bathroom fitters who participated in our survey also shared some helpful advice.
- The cost of jobs will vary depending on whether you are simply replacing items – such as removing an old sink and installing a new one in the same place – or redesigning a whole bathroom and moving sinks and baths to different positions.
- Ask your trader about waste disposal. Traders have to pay business rates to dispose of waste and there's often a minimum charge making it costly to dispose of small amounts. You might save money by offering to get rid of small amounts of waste (such as old basins or tiles) yourself or by hiring a small skip.
- Ask potential traders if they have a minimum charge. Some traders we surveyed had a minimum charge of half a day, meaning that you could end up paying over the odds for a small job like replacing a toilet or a basin. It might be more cost efficient to combine several jobs that need doing at once.
- If your pipework is damaged or very old it may need replacing, which could increase the cost of the job.
- If your bathroom is tiled, tiles might be damaged when removing old bathroom furniture. If tile work is needed this could increase the cost of the job.
- Be wary of traders using contractors – it's more difficult to keep an eye on who’s doing what. Ask your trader if they plan to do the work themselves or contract out. If so can they vouch for the quality of the work done by the contractors? Will they oversee all work and maintain responsibility?
- Some traders specialise in tiling whereas others just do it occasionally. Although the results might be the same, it could take an inexperienced tiler twice or three times as long to tile a room. Choosing an experienced tiler, who can tile more quickly, will probably save you money in the long run.
- We asked traders to quote for tiling onto 'good' walls. If your existing tiles need to be removed, or walls are in a poor condition, they will need to be prepared. This will increase costs.
- To get a professional finish, the tiler might need to remove the toilet or basin to tile behind them. If you have a lot of bathroom furniture, or a lot of doors and windows to work around, this is likely to take longer and cost more.
- We asked traders to quote for tiling only, with the customer choosing and supplying their own tiles. But, the tiles you choose can influence the price. Large tiles will cover the area more quickly. Small, fiddly tiles can take longer.
Job: install underfloor heating
- If the bathroom floor is tiled, rather than carpeted or laminated, it will take longer to remove and replace the flooring. This will probably increase price and completion time.
- Some bathroom fitters don't do electrical work. Others might contract it out. Whoever does it, all underfloor heating installations need to be certified/signed off by a qualified Part P electrician.
Job: install extractor fan in bathroom wall
- If your bathroom is not on ground floor level it might take longer to fit the duct through the exterior wall.
- Some bathroom fitters don’t do electrical work. Others might contract it out. But, all electrical work will need to be certified/signed off by a qualified Part P electrician.
In July 2012, we sent a survey to all Which? Local traders in the Bathroom fitters and suppliers category with a rating of three stars or more and an email address.
176 traders responded to the survey. Using their experience and expertise, they answered questions about the cost of popular bathroom fitting jobs, and how long they should take to complete.
Read more about the methodology