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Bathroom Remodel Plumbing Cost

Bathroom Remodel Plumbing Cost

National average
(40 sq.ft. first floor bathroom - standard fixtures)
Low: $7,340

(low cost fixtures)

High: $28,940

(premium fixtures, removal and disposal)

Cost to install plumbing in a bathroom remodel varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
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How Much Does It Cost to Install Plumbing in a Bathroom Remodel?

Plumbing is the most expensive area of a full bathroom remodel, but it's worth looking into as bathroom remodels provide some of the highest resale returns on investment. This costs guide is looking at the costs for plumbing a 40 sq.ft., first floor basic full bathroom.

Cost Breakdown

  • Labor: professional plumbers typically charge between $45-$65 per hour. A full plumbing job including the planning, site preparation, fitment and installation of a toilet; bathtub, shower and sink; the hooking up of each fixture to current plumbing, and site clean up will take 46 hours and cost between $2070 and $2990.
  • Materials and supplies: the basic materials and supplies to complete the plumbing in a bathroom includes adhesives, fittings, sealers 1, and finishes. These can be expected to cost around $100.
  • Fixtures: the cost of the fixtures will depend greatly on the style and quality chosen. For a low cost bathtub expect to pay $400-$1500. A shower will cost between $450-$2000. A new sink will cost around $100-$500. A new toilet can be expected to cost around $100 and $250.
  • Removal and disposal fees: the cost to remove and dispose old plumbing fixtures, including toilet, sink, bathtub and shower will be around $150 and 10 hours of labor costing between $450-$650.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

  • Change the floorplan of your bathroom by altering where the toilet, sink or bath is placed. It can cost $500-$1000 to move sink (or any plumbing appliance) more than three feet.
  • Upgrade fixtures based on your budget.
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Additional Considerations and Costs

  • If moving any bathroom fixture, a permit will be needed. Permits vary by county, but typically cost around $75.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Caulking 1 : A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant

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