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Oi tradespeople! 19:05 - Jul 3 with 2739 viewsfooters

Mother has just been quoted £1,200 to have her 2x2m bathroom fitted out. That seems excessive, doesn't it? It's in Lowestoft for context, and she wants the new bath, sink etc plumbed in, about half the bathroom tiled and a new floor laid.

Over a grand for a two-day, one-man job is a bit much, innit? Or am I out of touch?

Guidance welcome, as are any recommendations...

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:07 - Jul 3 with 1710 viewswkj

Mother recently had a wet room conversion that cost 3 grand. When she got the invoice she dropped her hairbrush there and then

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:12 - Jul 3 with 1693 viewsNorthstaNder

We had ours done about 10 months ago.

Old bathroom ripped out. Tiles off the walls all round. Plaster boarded, skimmed. Spotlights fitted and extractor fan.
New bath, sink, vanity unit and bog. New radiator, taps and shower attachment thingy.
New floor, paint and finishing touches.

We paid about £4,500 for the whole lot.

That might make you feel about your mums quote :)
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Oi tradespeople! on 19:15 - Jul 3 with 1675 viewsbrogansnose

Does it include materials or is it just labour ?
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Oi tradespeople! on 19:15 - Jul 3 with 1674 viewsfooters

Oi tradespeople! on 19:12 - Jul 3 by NorthstaNder

We had ours done about 10 months ago.

Old bathroom ripped out. Tiles off the walls all round. Plaster boarded, skimmed. Spotlights fitted and extractor fan.
New bath, sink, vanity unit and bog. New radiator, taps and shower attachment thingy.
New floor, paint and finishing touches.

We paid about £4,500 for the whole lot.

That might make you feel about your mums quote :)


Sounds like you've got some fancy dan setup with all the mod cons there! My mother is a woman with more simple pleasures, like excessive drinking, tarot cards and dachshunds.

I should have mentioned that all the materials etc would be provided. And that she's tight (with money).

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:16 - Jul 3 with 1665 viewsfooters

Oi tradespeople! on 19:15 - Jul 3 by brogansnose

Does it include materials or is it just labour ?


Just labour. She's used to my hen-pecked uncle working for free though, so she may just be in shock at having to pay at all...

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:17 - Jul 3 with 1652 viewsGlasgowBlue

4-5 grand for a bathroom refit these days. That's what it cost us about three years ago when we had one done.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:18 - Jul 3 with 1649 viewsDubtractor

Assume they have to strip out and dispose of old bathroom?

A skip for that will be 150 plus before you even worry about labour.

I reckon 1200 isn't too bad.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:19 - Jul 3 with 1648 viewsSwansea_Blue

Sounds like a bargain to me (are they any good?). If she’s not happy get her to see if they’ll do a BOGOF.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:19 - Jul 3 with 1642 viewswkj

Oi tradespeople! on 19:17 - Jul 3 by GlasgowBlue

4-5 grand for a bathroom refit these days. That's what it cost us about three years ago when we had one done.


How much of that was spent on the doorbell?

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:20 - Jul 3 with 1638 viewsfooters

Oi tradespeople! on 19:17 - Jul 3 by GlasgowBlue

4-5 grand for a bathroom refit these days. That's what it cost us about three years ago when we had one done.


Well she certainly couldn't afford that!

If this really is the cost I'm just gonna do it for £500. Never done it before and am useless at DIY but £500 is £500.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:22 - Jul 3 with 1618 viewsfooters

Oi tradespeople! on 19:18 - Jul 3 by Dubtractor

Assume they have to strip out and dispose of old bathroom?

A skip for that will be 150 plus before you even worry about labour.

I reckon 1200 isn't too bad.


Ah, more devil in the detail!

No, I'd say my grandad usually takes care of that sort of thing, keeps him busy. He'd rip it all out and take to the tip himself.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:23 - Jul 3 with 1610 viewsSwansea_Blue

Oi tradespeople! on 19:20 - Jul 3 by footers

Well she certainly couldn't afford that!

If this really is the cost I'm just gonna do it for £500. Never done it before and am useless at DIY but £500 is £500.


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Oi tradespeople! on 19:23 - Jul 3 with 1608 viewsSpruceMoose

Oi tradespeople! on 19:19 - Jul 3 by wkj

How much of that was spent on the doorbell?


Don't forget the Rolex bath mat.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:23 - Jul 3 with 1607 viewsbrogansnose

Oi tradespeople! on 19:16 - Jul 3 by footers

Just labour. She's used to my hen-pecked uncle working for free though, so she may just be in shock at having to pay at all...


Keep in mind that the anybody that does it will have overheads like the cost of running a van, accountant, insurances ect. on top of the persons daily rate. I'm not a plumber but they would look to charge around £250 to £300 a day around Cambridge.


People will quite often quote a higher price when they've got a lot on and obviuosly less when they haven't. Bloke may well have given her a higher price cos he doesn't fancy the job but if it comes off then hey ho.


We had our bathroom done last year and the quotes for doing the same amount of work varied enormously. Get some more quotes in.
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Oi tradespeople! on 19:26 - Jul 3 with 1595 viewswkj

Oi tradespeople! on 19:23 - Jul 3 by SpruceMoose

Don't forget the Rolex bath mat.


That would split the money sack right open for Mrs Footers I fear

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:30 - Jul 3 with 1564 viewsfooters

Oi tradespeople! on 19:23 - Jul 3 by brogansnose

Keep in mind that the anybody that does it will have overheads like the cost of running a van, accountant, insurances ect. on top of the persons daily rate. I'm not a plumber but they would look to charge around £250 to £300 a day around Cambridge.


People will quite often quote a higher price when they've got a lot on and obviuosly less when they haven't. Bloke may well have given her a higher price cos he doesn't fancy the job but if it comes off then hey ho.


We had our bathroom done last year and the quotes for doing the same amount of work varied enormously. Get some more quotes in.


Cheers, good advice :) Told her to ask about but was unsure of what a good quote would actually be... The bathroom's been a state for two years anyhow...

Thanks to all for their input and advice, most helpful! (Aside from SpruceMoose and wkj)

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:32 - Jul 3 with 1550 viewsGlasgowBlue

Oi tradespeople! on 19:20 - Jul 3 by footers

Well she certainly couldn't afford that!

If this really is the cost I'm just gonna do it for £500. Never done it before and am useless at DIY but £500 is £500.


That was with three different contractors with one bloke coordinating everything. A plumber, a floor layer and a tiler.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:32 - Jul 3 with 1548 viewsfactual_blue

I'll charge £1000. I'll only be there five minutes, and want cash in hand on arrival.

I'll collect the money and then 'go and get some parts'.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:34 - Jul 3 with 1542 viewsfooters

Oi tradespeople! on 19:32 - Jul 3 by factual_blue

I'll charge £1000. I'll only be there five minutes, and want cash in hand on arrival.

I'll collect the money and then 'go and get some parts'.


You money will be on the bedside table.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:35 - Jul 3 with 1533 viewsfooters

Oi tradespeople! on 19:32 - Jul 3 by GlasgowBlue

That was with three different contractors with one bloke coordinating everything. A plumber, a floor layer and a tiler.


Sounds like a very professional operation, sure the results were excellent :)

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:39 - Jul 3 with 1506 viewsSwansea_Blue

Oi tradespeople! on 19:26 - Jul 3 by wkj

That would split the money sack right open for Mrs Footers I fear


And you wouldn’t want Mama Footers splitting your sack

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:41 - Jul 3 with 1492 viewswkj

Oi tradespeople! on 19:39 - Jul 3 by Swansea_Blue

And you wouldn’t want Mama Footers splitting your sack


Only as long as she's the one coordinating

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:42 - Jul 3 with 1487 viewsGlasgowBlue

Oi tradespeople! on 19:35 - Jul 3 by footers

Sounds like a very professional operation, sure the results were excellent :)


I can tile and lay flooring but nothing like a pro. If you are using a pro then the work should also come with a guarantee.

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:46 - Jul 3 with 1469 viewswkj

I had a word with my PA who said her husband Gaz does bathrooms. He's based out of Southend but if you fancy a good tradesman with honest prices look up Gary Chambers

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Oi tradespeople! on 19:48 - Jul 3 with 1454 viewsSpruceMoose

Oi tradespeople! on 19:46 - Jul 3 by wkj

I had a word with my PA who said her husband Gaz does bathrooms. He's based out of Southend but if you fancy a good tradesman with honest prices look up Gary Chambers


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