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How much was your complete bathroom refit labour cost?

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hyperspacebug · 27/05/2014 22:28

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!

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hyperspacebug · 22/07/2014 11:49

Now we've done our bathroom and we're totally loving the high quality finish - I thought I'd let you know how much it cost in the end - 6.2K. We found the builders who were 3K plus 200quid extra for preparing boxes for future loft conversion.

Materials amounted to 3K in total. Fittings were close to high end-range from the trader's shop in middle of nowhere - Burlington shower with Roca toilet and not cheapest bath for 25-30% less than retail. Someone easily can do a lot cheaper with B&Q etc. Heated towel rack had dual valve which wasn't cheap. Flooring was vinyl Karndean which wasn't super cheap - I'm feeling a bit duped by buying their expensive underlay too.

Tiles were from tons-of-tiles (seems to be well known here on mumsnet) on ebay. Grohe toilet cistern was from ebay too for the half of the normal price. Mirror+sink cabinet were from IKEA. Plus builder materials.

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msfreud · 22/07/2014 14:44

Would you be happy to recommend your builders hyperspacebug? I'm about to embark on this project soon in my new house...

PinkHat1 · 02/09/2014 13:54

Hi hyperspacebug, would you be able to share your builders with me too? Would really appreciate that.


minipie · 07/09/2014 12:45

Me too please hyperspacebug! And if anyone else has builders they were pleased with who cover SW London and whose cost was reasonable please let me know...

we want to get a bathroom redone and so far quotes for just the labour are ranging from 5k to 15k!!

maxlondon2007 · 18/10/2014 18:30

I had many quotes but on of the reasonable price was from exceptionalhandyman they quote 2700 . The quality ow work was awesome.
I recommend:)

roneik · 18/10/2014 18:47

Hate to say this but with the exception of the tiling and electrics where applicable, there is very little skill needed to put in a bathroom .In fact anyone with good basic DIY skills can do it.
I kid you not, and reading the quotes I wish I had become a bathroom fitter.
I have respect for tilers as IMO that is skilled if you are tiling the entire room.

foxdongle · 18/10/2014 22:28

whole room tiled, move pipes around and installed some new ones,
plaster ceiling, re-plasterboard one wall,
fit new shower and surround- there wasn't one before,
fit new radiator, lights, mirror, fixtures and cupboard,
fit new suite in different layout, lay floor, skip.
And he got us the new radiator free as the one that got sent was faulty, so he complained on our behalf. He was brilliant. We are really pleased with it.

arna · 19/10/2014 23:20

I have renovated 3 bathrooms and averaged £3.5k per bathroom which involves new plumbing, wiring, plastering, studwalls, plastering, tiling, extractors - the whole shebang!

I budgeted £2.5k for all the fixtures plus tiles and £1k for the labour. I appreciate I may have gained some economy of scale with all the tradesmen on site anyway working on other parts of the house but even taking that into account, it is possible to obtain a mid range bathroom for under £5k. You need to buy wisely so you need to know the prices. It follows that when you see a decent discount, you'll know it straight away!

E.g I sourced 3x Hansgrohe Raindance Showerpipe with Air hand shower for

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chrisdunne · 17/01/2016 20:53

I am a bathroom fitter. All the prices vary.
my price is at 170 a day and 50 a day for the apprentice. We specialise in just bathrooms and are the biggest bathroom company in North west. Turning over 85 bathrooms between 2 teams last year. The price completely vary.

Full/partial rip out
Full drylining if tiles destroy walls. We usually dryline just so it makes the tiling quicker, easier and better.
new wooden floor if rotted
floor screeded if unlevel
Plastering ceiling
new lights
first fix pipe work
full/half tiling
regular/epoxy resin grout
lino/tile/waterproof laminate.
ply wooden floor for laminate/tile
underfloor heating
The possabilities for bathrooms are endless when it come to bathrooms.
a regular sized bathroom takes us 6-8 days depending on what we are doing.
for large bathrooms become 8-11 days
for small bathrooms. Materials range from 400-600 pound. Plus 220 a day labour. So for a 5 day bathroom it would be 1500 minimum. Excluding suite. Hope this helps

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Lisa98 · 20/10/2016 19:35

My other half fits lots of bathrooms. They do a landlords package for everything plus cost of tiles for £4500 in the London area. He has asked everyone to remember that the labour cost also includes replacing tools, a van with insurance and maintenance and extra running round for bits and sundries. That aside, buying high end cabinets, sinks, toilets and taps etc. Should not make a lot of difference to the labour costs, and cheaper suites can look excellent when fitted excellently.

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Humptynumpty02 · 30/10/2016 09:05

We've just had our done, Surrey, and total cost came to about £11k. For that we had old bathroom completely stripped, skip hire, old boiler removed, boiler cupboard removed, all walls and ceiling plastered, separate shower and bath installed, full room tiling, and we didn't hold back on fittings with hansgrohe and duravit throughout. Very happy with the end result, but yes it costs ££££'s to get there.

19lottie82 · 30/10/2016 20:38

I'm in Glasgow and paid £2k. I bought the suite, tiles and underfloor heating system. Bathroom is 6'x7'

DropZoneOne · 30/10/2016 20:48

Haven't had any quotes for this house, but approx 10 years ago at our flat, we got Dolphin out after seeing their "sale" adverts. Bathroom approx 1m wide by 2.5m long, wanted a replacement electric shower, bath, toilet, sink in unit, heated towel rail and underfloor heating. Quoted £12k excluding tiling! When I almost laughed in the guys face, he went on to 'justify' the ludicrous quote by explaining the underfloor heating was over £1k and the sink unit was a similar price. Needless to say we didn't go with them.

Benson1506 · 14/11/2016 00:05

Hi Foxdongle,

I saw your post and was struck by how close the description of the work done on your bathroom was to what I need doing at the moment.Unfortunately,I can't get close to your quote locally.I realise that your quote was posted a couple of years ago ,but I would be interested in using your bathroom fitter if he is anywhere near us.

What area are you from and could I have the name and contact details of the fitter in question.

Many thanks,


Norman1 · 15/08/2017 17:13

First hello to everyone
I have done most of the DIY projects in my house but really would like to find someone to refit my small bathroom (tiling,installing new bathroom) and would prefer a recommendation rather than go through the usual online tradesmen channels as I know a couple of people that have used them and not been happy (maybe just unlucky)
I live in Redhill, Surrey
Thanks :)

goddessnic · 06/06/2018 13:15

@Lisa98 would you be willing to share your dh details with me? We’re looking for someone to do our barrooms. Thanks

cubscout · 06/06/2018 15:32

Have just paid £5 K but this included all fittings and a high end digital shower (worth every penny.....). small bathroom, fully tiled, works included moving a soil pipe.

Lisa98 · 06/06/2018 16:11

Hi yes I can give you details. Where about are you? London area?

goddessnic · 06/06/2018 20:16

Hi @Lisa98 I’m in Isleworth, south west London. Could you send me a private message?

goddessnic · 10/06/2018 11:43

@Lisa98 I have been quoted nearly £7000 for a tiny bathroom in Isleworth. Could we please have your husbands details? Thanks

Lisa98 · 10/06/2018 12:31

Hi I have PM you @goddessnic

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