How much was your complete bathroom refit labour cost?

(45 Posts)
hyperspacebug Tue 27-May-14 22:28:19

I've been quoted 3900 & 4700 so far (assuming full tiling, there is reduction for partial tiling) for the labour. Just 7x7 ft bathroom with bath+sink+toilet, nothing extraordinary included. Their cost do include plumbing supplies and extractor fan, LED lights. I only have to supply obvious bathroom units and tiles.

It's much easier to find on the internet about how people manage to do X for very little. I guess no one wants to sound like a mug for paying considerably more than amazing cheap stories on internet.

So, are the quotes normal for London? Or have I been looking at bathroom fitting companies instead of smaller tradesmen? As long as no one is paid minimum wages or less!

GrottyPotPlant Tue 27-May-14 23:59:42

We paid 5K in London (included redoing the floor totally, but the cost of having the new floor laid was separate- another 700 to the floor people, argh).
We were quoted 3900, 5K and 6.5K.
It was partial tiling, partial re-plastering, re-siting the loo, sink, extractor fan and radiator, new slightly dropped ceiling with new light, new floor joists, new different sized door and building wall-to-ceiling cupboards. We supplied just abut everything you can see, the builder supplied all the hidden stuff.

When we were buying the flat, Mumsnet told us to expect 3-5K all in, including all the stuff. Ha! You were wrong, Mumsnet! Bathrooms are dear. But I now love our bathroom dearly.

exexpat Wed 28-May-14 00:08:11

Mine recently cost about £6.5k in labour, but it was a bit more work than usual as it involved stripping some walls right back down to brick and partially rebuilding other stud walls, then plastering/tiling, plus making bath panels and cupboard doors to measure (to match a bought-in bathroom cabinet), replacing skirting boards, replacing the entire waste pipe outside the house etc as well as fitting bath, basin & radiator in new positions.

PossumPoo Wed 28-May-14 08:06:30

I have just been quoted for my very small bathroom, in London. £2,650 first one, £6000 second one and third quote £1500 confused

FreshorangeforDd Wed 28-May-14 10:11:55

We have been quoted £6250 plus vat for labour, just outside London in Surrey, for a bathroom 2 m square. Seems extraordinary to me and it was suggested that cost of shower, basin, pump and radiator would be £4000 to £6000. Total cost at least £12000!!!!!

We did say that we did not want top of the range products, just a functioning shower room. A friend has had a similar and one much higher quote from other local bathroom shops.

Well we can't afford to spend that much so now starting again.

RCheshire Wed 28-May-14 10:23:20

FreshorangeforDd, those prices are comic. Carry on looking for sensible recommendations from friends/family/colleagues!

Look for your products separately and price them up. You can get decent Mira or Aqualisa showers for reasonable money, plumbworld and victoriaplumb prices are perfectly reasonable.

Some useful pointers in the blue box at the bottom of this page www.buildingsheriff.com/bathroom-fitting-costs.html

We are also planning/pricing up a bathroom with major changes (suite out, replacement larger velux, chipboard floor replacing, splicing into damaged joist below, new flooring, extractor, one stud wall needs replacing, new suite, all pipework being moved, tiling etc etc). Bathrooms are complicated for their size!

MyballsareSandy Wed 28-May-14 10:33:19

Seems very expensive. I'm in Surrey and DH is a plumber. His usual day rate is £150. PM me if you'd like a quote.

FreshorangeforDd Wed 28-May-14 11:09:02

Thanks for replies and link. He said that he likes to allow three weeks to complete the works, might be nearer two but allows three. So working on that it's £2000 per week, £400 per day for one or possibly two tradesmen. Thanks for your offer to PM Sandy. We are just going to put it on hold for the time being and reassess what works to have done. Good to hear all your voices of reason as I was horrified by quotes friend was getting, but starting to believe that this is the actual cost.

RCheshire Wed 28-May-14 11:14:08

Last one I had done (replace basic suite with new basic suite in same location) plus some halfway tiling around bath was quote ~£1k and came in a few hundred more with things we hadn't thought of.

That was a few years ago and took about 5 days (but not there all the time)

allduffedup Thu 29-May-14 04:33:53

We're having ours done at the moment and labour costs (including plumbing supplies and all those bits and pieces) was quoted at £3300 (let's hope it doesn't end up being more!). This includes replastering, tiling, installing new lights, moving the bath and toilet, installing extractor fan and underfloor heating etc etc.

We had three quotes and they all came out about the same. We are in south east but not London. It seems like the whole thing will take 2 weeks in total, and often there are two people here working.

hyperspacebug Fri 30-May-14 18:53:53

allduffed up....sounds same job minus underfloor heating. We have bathroom fitters from Kent. Sounds like I'd hire in a shot for 3300. Does that incl VAT or not?

hyperspacebug Fri 30-May-14 18:54:48

FreshorangeforDd absolutely insane prices. Is that because your area/your house is so posh? That's all I can't think of why.

MrsTaraPlumbing Fri 30-May-14 21:06:14

My company do bathroom renovations all the time, it is our main work.
It is impossible to give an estimate for a specific job without seeing it but I can tell you what our typical rates are, as on our website here:
taraplumbing.co.uk/bathrooms/price
We almost always supply everything (rarely labour only).
Average cost supply and fit - everything - total bathroom renovation - £7-£10k.
Budget bathroom can be about £5k.
Depending on quality of the items chosen it is surprisingly easy to come to a price of between £10-£15k.
By the way, we work in Kent and London.
But that said we do not travel into the M25 area for budget bathrooms and if you are on tight budget I recommend looking for local plumbers.
You could try getting quotes from plumbers on the Which site as they are thoroughly vetted:
trustedtraders.which.co.uk/

allduffedup Fri 30-May-14 22:55:02

That includes VAT

mewkins Fri 30-May-14 22:57:09

Ours came in at 6k all in. We should have just bought all materials ourselves to save a bit of money (you can normally find suites a fair bit cheaper online) but time was against us. It took about two weeks, two guys and then a plasterer, tiler and electrician when needed. They did a good job and it looks good. The cost included lowering the ceiling and completely tiles walls.

Gadgettherobot Fri 30-May-14 23:03:54

£2800 for all labour, first fix and plumbing etc. they would have provided dulux paint and extractor fan for that price too, but I wanted higher spec so got them myself.

I bought all units, cabinets, tiles, grout, panelling etc - anything visible. Bathroom c2.5mx2.5m.

And they were amazing!! The finish is fabulous, and they were so great all the way through. NW London if you want the recommendation. Inc VAT.

Gadgettherobot Fri 30-May-14 23:05:43

I didn't have full tiling everywhere - more like half. I think this does make a big difference to the cost, as does the size of the tile - bigger tiles, less time.

TheDailyWail Fri 30-May-14 23:10:06

I've just been quoted £1300 to replace a bath with a walk-in shower, removal of tiles and flooring and moving a radiator.

The bathroom cost 5k a few years ago this included reworking of plumbing and new walls too.

hyperspacebug Fri 30-May-14 23:31:02

Gadgettherobot Practically opposite end of London here (SE), so I am not sure they'd be willing to travel the distance. But PM me the recommendation please if you don't mind.

Yes, I did numbers and I wouldn't be surprised if my bathroom came to 6K - we don't have time now to wait around for amazing bargains for the mid-range stuff (and some high spec)

poocatcherchampion Sat 31-May-14 07:58:56

blimey. it took our plumber 2-3 days to remove old bath and basin and put in loo bath and basin in different places. so about £600

flooring cost £200 to install - plywood then vinyl

we did the tiling. but it took non experienced dh about a day.

so I could estimate £1k. £2k if they were doing every little thing would be tolerable I guess if you have money you don't know what to do with

Grannyapple Sat 31-May-14 22:24:21

Eh I've just had builders in for roughly 15 days to partition a bedroom to create another bedroom...double plasterboarded, plastered, paint both bedroom, rip out & install new bathroom (tiled floor, 3/4 tiled walls around shower, halfway tiled round rest, installed bathroom goods, all plumbing, bathroom not more than 2sq m, bedrooms roughly 9 sq m each, all painting, new doors, etc...coming in at £7k & that includes £1.7k on bathroom suite, tiles & electric shower!

£6k for a small bathroom sounds ridiculous to me! I'm in SE London by the way...found the builders on my builder.com.

Grannyapple Sat 31-May-14 22:25:23

Oh & bathroom took about a week of that timescale..

FreshorangeforDd Sun 01-Jun-14 16:12:59

Our area is posh, but our house is not. It is old and falling apart and I suspect it would be pulled down and demolished if we were to sell. Plus the work we are getting a quote for is not top of the range, with most fittings in same place as before. I thought it was a bad sign when I noticed that the bathroom fitter arrived in a much smarter car than ours and pulled out his top of the range smart phone to photograph our bathroom.

MrsTaraPlumbing Mon 02-Jun-14 20:58:54

FreshorangeforDd
"I thought it was a bad sign when I noticed that the bathroom fitter arrived in a much smarter car than ours and pulled out his top of the range smart phone to photograph our bathroom."
WHY?
I think this is a strange comment. Would you have more confidence trusting the plumbing in your house to someone who drove a worse car and didn't have a camera on his phone?

FreshorangeforDd Mon 02-Jun-14 21:15:24

It wasn't that I didn't trust him Tara, just suspected that we would not be able to afford his quote.
And that proved to be the case.

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