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How much does fitting a new bathroom cost?

Updating your home by installing a new bathroom suite is one of the most popular home renovations in the UK. In this guide we’ve put together a list of the most common associated new bathroom costs, to help you plan the budget for your bathroom project.

Doing the work yourself might keep initial costs down, but fitting a new bathroom can be complex. Hiring a bathroom installation expert might be more expensive but in many cases, it’s a cost worth paying for, due to the skills needed to successfully install all the different bathroom elements.

Bathroom installation costAverage cost range - LowAverage cost range - Medium Average prices
Cost of bathroom renovation (including materials)£1,500£7,500£4,500
Toilet installation£100£175£150
Basin installation£100£200£175
Bath installation£250£400£350
Shower installation£350£600£500
Shower enclosure installation£350£500£400
Heated towel rail installation£200£300£250
Radiator installation£200£300£250

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How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom?

Installing a new bathroom (including materials) will cost between £1,500 – £7,500, with the average price being £4,500.

In this guide, we’ve provided a range of costs for low/medium-end projects. Generally, there’s no average upper limit, as some bathroom/ensuite elements can be considerably more expensive. Installation of luxury or bespoke bathroom fixtures and fittings can cost a lot more than the prices we’ve included.

When planning your bathroom installation, it can often be broken down into different elements. Having a bath and shower will be more expensive than just having one or the other. Equally, if you only plan to install or replace parts of a bathroom that will keep the cost down.

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Ripping out£250
Electrical work£300
Wall Tiling£850 - £950
Vinyl Flooring£250 - £950
Plumbing£700 - £900
Suite £1,000
Removal of old suite and waste£300 - £500

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Cost to install bathroom vanity

The bathroom vanity installation cost depends on the size, design and quality of the vanity unit itself. Often the vanity installation cost will be included within the total price you pay for the new bathroom installation cost. If quoted separately, the average cost to install a bathroom vanity is around £100 – £200.

What other costs do I need to consider?

In addition to the main bathroom suite itself (bath/shower, sink and toilet), there are a number of other costs to consider for your new bathroom installation. We’ve listed the most common extra bathroom costs below (click on the links to read our cost guides):

Bath tub installation

A plumber installing a basin

There are a wide variety of baths to choose from, some fitted and others stand alone. On average, a standard bath installation will cost between £250 – £400.

We’ve broken down the costs of installing different types of bathtubs and any associated costs in our Bathtub Installation Cost Guide.

Average time: 3 – 5 hours

Shower installation

Depending on the type of shower you choose for your home, it will cost in the region of £350 – £600 for supply and installation. The price is affected by the cost of the shower unit itself and the labour involved. Installing an electric shower usually costs slightly more than installing a standard mixer shower.

Average time: 2 hours (for replacement) to 8 hours (new installation)

Read our dedicated Shower Installation Cost Guide to find out installation prices for different types of showers.

Shower enclosure installation

The biggest factors affecting the cost of installing a shower enclosure are the size and the materials used. Larger showers involve more labour. And bespoke designs are often more complex to make and install, which means a higher price tag.

Supply and installation of an average shower enclosure usually cost between £350 – £500.

Average time: 3 – 5 hours

Basin installation

A simple pedestal basin is probably the most common type of basin, and fairly easy and quick to install.

For a single pedestal basin installation, you’ll be looking at paying between £100 – £200.

Average time: 1 – 2 hours

Toilet installationSilicone sealant being applied to toilet

The type of toilet unit you choose will be the biggest determining factor of the total price of installing a toilet. Not only for the price of the unit but also the labour that will be involved. Some toilet systems can be more complex to plumb in than others.

A standard toilet installation will cost you between £100 – £175.

Average time: 2 – 3 hours

Our Toilet Installation Cost Guide will guide you through everything you need to know about fitting a new toilet, and the expected costs of installing different types of toilets.

Heated towel rail installation

Towel rails have become an integral part of many modern bathrooms, and come in a range of sizes, shapes and styles. In smaller bathrooms, they can act as a radiator on top of keeping your towels warm and fluffy.

Installing a heated towel rail costs between £200 – £300.

Average time: 2 – 4 hours

Radiator installation

As with many other bathroom elements, the type and size will greatly affect the price you pay to install a new radiator.

On average, the cost of installing a standard radiator is between £200 – £300.

Average time: 2 – 4 hours

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A toilet being installedThings to consider when installing a new bathroom

As with all home improvement projects, there are usually a number of factors that will affect the price you pay. With bathroom installations, this is particularly true, as there are so many different types and sizes of bathrooms, all with different elements that directly affect the overall cost.

The majority of your new bathroom installation costs will be affected by:

  • Any electrical work that needs doing (eg. installing a power shower or a dual fuel heated towel rail)
  • Plumbing work (and access to plumbing)
  • The choice of bathroom suite (size, any special features etc.)
  • Size of your bathroom
  • Location
  • Age and condition of the property
  • If specialists are required (for more complex installations).

Pre-planning your bathroom layout is essential, you need to consider where existing pipes and waste disposal are, however, many of these can be relocated by a professional, but of course, that will add to your costs too.

Many Checkatrade bathroom designers provide a free planning service, and we most certainly recommend making the most of this service and then discussing your ideas with your fitter, in advance of works starting.

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Our new bathroom fitting summary

Planning is key – from citing of the suite and the type you choose to your desired fittings and whether you go for under unit lighting.

Always appoint a recommended trader, view their feedback and ensure you discuss your requirements with them in advance, this ensures there are no hidden extras or complications before starting.

Here’s a checklist for you to help plan and budget:

  • Decide on your budget upfront, this will help guide your choice of bathroom components within your budget.
  • Speak with a local bathroom expert for advice on the best approach for your bathroom, some bathrooms have limitations that will dictate layouts and fixtures you can use.
  • Remember to factor in all the associated costs, not just installing the bathroom suite and tiling.
  • When hiring a professional tradesperson, always choose someone with proven experience and has the appropriate qualifications/accreditations.
  • Always shop around with local suppliers and bathroom specialists to get fair and competitive prices for your installation.

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A bathroom being tiled

How long does it take to install a bathroom?

A standard bathroom installation will usually take between 5 – 10 days. However, this will be affected by the size and complexity of the bathroom.

Can I install a bathroom myself?

If you’re an accomplished DIY enthusiast with experience dealing with complex home improvement projects then you might want to attempt to install your new bathroom yourself.

To install a bathroom you’ll need to be confident dealing with electrics, plumbing, tiling, painting and decorating. Otherwise, we would highly recommend hiring a professional bathroom fitter to carry out the installation work.

How can I save money with my new bathroom installation?

Disposing of your old bathroom suite yourself could help you save some money. You could also consider selling it and make yourself some additional pennies to go towards the taps you want.

Do you have any bathroom tiling tips?

It’s worth hiring a professional bathroom tiler. They will ensure a consistently high-quality finish in a fraction of the time.

Also, there is nothing worse than accidentally dropping a bathroom tile into your new ceramic bath and chipping it before you’ve even used it.

Best time of year to re-do your bathroom?

From experience, we know from September to December is a hectic time for families to consider having a new bathroom. Good bathroom fitters are at their busiest, and so planning it in for spring and summer could prove better for you and mean you get the fitter you want.

What is a 3 piece bathroom suite?

A finished bathroom renovation

A bathroom suite invariably consists of a toilet, sink or vanity unit and bath with a separate shower being optional.

Nowadays you can buy all items independently too, meaning you can mix and match to suit your own needs and tastes. Baths come in an array of sizes to suit all bathroom sizes, from compact narrow ones to large two-person baths too.

Is electrical work in a bathroom needed?

Often we forget that bathrooms can have electrics too, from shaving sockets to under unit lighting and extractor fans. When installing a new bathroom that requires additional alterations to existing circuits, work could be notifiable to your local building control officer to meet the correct safety standards. Generally, any work carried out to the circuit within a specific zone close to the bath or shower unit is considered notifiable.

Simple ways to meet the requirements is to use a registered contractor with the Competent Person Scheme. To find out detailed information on why you should use a Competent Person please download and read the scheme’s booklet. A Competent Person can self-certify the work and notify the local building control department on your behalf. It’s worth noting that all electricians on the Checkatrade site are certified.

Don’t forget when considering electrical work, the bathroom lighting type and quality you decide on will affect your budget too.

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