When choosing a new bathroom, the matter of cost is often tied up in thoughts connected to purchasing the units and choosing the accessories.

Whilst it is important that you select a bathroom suite which meets your needs without destroying your budget, there are other costs to consider – as a post on Which? Local recently explained.

Speaking to recommended bathroom fitters, they found out just how much you should spend on some of the most common bathroom jobs and got some handy tips from the experts too. To make sure your bathroom benefits from this expertise, here are some of their nuggets of wisdom:

Install a pedestal basin

  • Price: £70 – £120
  • Typical job time: 1 – 2 hours

Install a toilet

  • Price: £75 – £140
  • Typical job time: 2 – 3 hours

Install a bath

  • Price: £130 – £220
  • Typical job time: 3 – 5 hours

Tile a bathroom

  • Price: £400 – £1,300
  • Typical job time: 1 – 5 Days

Install underfloor heating

  • Price: £350 – £850
  • Typical job time: 5 hours – 2 Days

Change taps on bath/basin

  • Price: £50 – £80
  • Typical job time: 1 – 2 hours

Install an extractor fan

  • Price: £150 – £240
  • Typical job time: 2 – 4 hours

How much is a bathroom suite?

At VictoriaPlum.com, we know you care about the cost of your bathroom and the best way to keep those costs down is by buying quality bathroom furniture at a price that’s right. So take a look at our luxury freestanding baths, stylish basins and contemporary toilets all at low prices, to keep your new bathroom costs down.

We have full bathroom suite bundles starting from as little as £179, helping you to renovate your bathroom on a budget.

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The stylish Energy bathroom suite is a popular choice for our customers


Bathroom installation costs vary

While you can get a good evaluation of estimated costs when planning work on your bathroom, the end figure can vary. The recommended installers quoted a range of £70 to £120 for small jobs like fitting a pedestal basin while larger tasks such as tiling a large bathroom came in with an average fee of £1,000.

Overall the average cost of a new bathroom is £4,500 in the UK and this includes furniture and installation. But if you shop smart and compare prices, you can achieve a full designer bathroom installation for as little as £2,000 to £2,500.

The reason why costs vary is that each job will need to be priced in relation to its individual circumstances. The size and shape of your bathroom will affect how easy a job is to complete, how long it will take and how much materials will be used. If there are unseen complications, such as damaged piping, then this will raise the cost of the quote.


What about waste?

No job in the bathroom is mess free and this throws up the question of waste disposal. Traders will dispose of materials for you but they have to pay business rates to do so. This means that if you’re only generating a small amount of waste then it could prove costly.

The top tip here is to investigate whether you could dispose of any waste materials yourself for less money (e.g. by hiring a skip or taking some of the waste to a local tip). If this is the case then why not suggest it to your workers?


Finish comes first

Last, but by no means least, the underlying message from Which? Local’s survey of bathroom installers found that quality is always the priority with any job. Just like at VictoriaPlum.com where we only stock high quality products made from the best materials, reputable installers will put the finish of the job at hand above everything else.

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The Clarity straight bath suite is available from as little as £179

It may cost you a little more to get a professional finish but surely this is something worth paying for? After all, a bathroom which has been installed correctly and looks great is more likely to last than one which has a “cheap and cheerful” attitude.

For a real life case study, check out our blog post "Bathrooms on a budget" and find out how we managed to makeover a whole family bathroom for under £600!


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