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New bathroom cost guide

August 22, 2019

Thinking about a bathroom renovation can be a daunting thing. However, with our cost guide, we hope to give you a good idea of everything that’s required before you start.

Use a professional to carry out such jobs. It can prove more cost-effective in the long run, where water and plumbing are involved and if not done correctly, can have a disastrous outcome.

Bathrooms tend to be the smallest room in the house and can become costly if you don’t plan and discuss your requirements with your bathroom fitter in advance.

Bathroom installation cost calculator

The below table guide gives you an idea of the tasks involved as well as average estimate figures.

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

Taking these into account the average cost of a bathroom refit can range between £3,650 – £4,850. Other factors can affect this too. The choice of suite and fittings is a very personal thing, whether you go for an acrylic bath, ceramic or cast iron, so bear in mind this is where costs quickly escalate.

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.

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

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.

bathroom tiling

Best time of year to re-do your bathroom?

From experience we know from September – 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 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.

bathroom refurbished


Is electrical work in a bathroom notifiable?

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.


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.

Note:*The cost range(s) in our guides are estimated average costs based on current market research and input from our expert tradespeople. It’s entirely possible that on occasion various factors including scope of the project, quality of selected products, regional product cost and labour cost differences may mean that prices you actually find may be different. We aim to give a sensible ballpark estimate price for a quality job but prices are for general guidance only.

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