Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit/Replace a Hand Basin

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does It Cost To Fit a Hand Basin?

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These prices are based on a possible plumber’s rate of £200 per day and a labourer if required at £100 per day. They include the cost of buying and collecting the materials, dumping the waste as necessary and any
incidental materials.

The usual minimum price is for half a days work.

You are paying separately for the basin etc.

Job 1
Let’s assume a straightforward changeover with no making good and everything fitting perfectly.
(Just like it does when those young, happy, beautiful couples do it on the adverts and then enjoy a relaxing cup of well earned coffee sprawled out on their 300 square metres of
shiny wood flooring with their matching jumpers and impossibly white teeth and that ubiquitous white vase of yellow flowers arranged… oh so perfectly!)
One man, half a day plus a few bob for his fixings and tipping…


Job 2
If he has to fit a complete new waste pipe, right back to the external soil stack and make good internally, plus redesign the water supply pipework, you can add another day plus materials Price…


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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Fitting and Installing a Hand Basin

Removing an existing hand basin and pedestal is simple enough but you may be left with more “making good” than you thought. If any tiling was fitted after the basin was fixed, there will be a basin shaped hole staring at you. Similarly there may be a nasty shape missing in the floor tiling where the pedestal was. All this will have to be made good and you won’t be able to buy matching tiles anymore. This also applies to carpet, lino etc.

Or, the chap who fixed the previous basin may have simply glued it to the tiling which will mean at best a horrible mess to get rid of, or more likely several tiles simply ripped off the wall!

If the basin is older and has no pedestal, there could be two dirty great cast iron brackets set into the wall or you could be left with two large fixing holes that neither the new basin nor the best grouter can hide.

The waste pipework, particularly if it disappears straight into the wall will probably now be in the wrong place for the new basin. This may require it’s removal and a new waste fitted, all the way to the exterior
soil stack.

The water supply pipework may also need re-siting. If it does, remind the chap that this should not be showing on completion. Also, get him to fit in line “isolation” valves, these aid any future work which may have to be undertaken. However don’t do this if the pressure is low, because they restrict the water flow.

You will very likely be fitting modern (probably mixer) taps. The old
taps were most probably fed by good old 15mm (½“) pipes, giving a great flow of water. New taps (particularly mixer taps) are very often supplied with flexible connector pipes. These make the water connection much simpler BUT seriously restrict the water flow. If your tap is supplied with low pressure water as opposed to mains water, particularly if the supply tank (not the hot water cistern) is on the same floor as the tap, you are very likely to be now faced with vastly reduced water flow from the new tap.

This can be fixed by using 15mm taps, or converting the supply to
mains pressure (very expensive if it’s for the hot tap), or fitting a pump. It’s a game isn’t it?

Also, take notice of the tap hole arrangement in the new basin you are going to buy. They now often come with facility for one mixer tap only. If you want 2 taps, you will be unlucky! Also the “waste and trap” (that’s the plug hole thingy and what’s underneath) come separately from the basin. Decide on the type of waste you want… normal, pop up or click.

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