Last Updated May 30, 2017 · Written by Craig Gibson
If you have a perfectly serviceable bathroom, but your bath is sorely in need of an upgrade you could swop this out for a new one. You may also want to update to a stylish freestanding model or spa bath, which are all the rage. In terms of the practicalities, replacing a bath typically will involve the services of a number of trades, including a plumber, waterproofer and/or tiler - unless you are going to use a dedicated bathroom renovator.
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But how much is this going to cost? Before we get into the nitty gritty of the cost of this project, what type of bath are you going to go for?
Besides the option of freestanding or built-in style bathtub, there are a number of materials used in the manufacture of modern baths – all at different price points and with their own pros and cons.
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It is imperative you utilise licensed trades if you are renovating your bathroom. All aspects are critical to the structural integrity of this space, particularly the waterproofing which is also a legal requirement.
When it comes time to hiring a tradie make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask then include:
To start out with let’s get your bath project costs listed, starting with your bath. New baths can range from as little as $400 to thousands of dollars, with stone freestanding versions at the upper end of the scale.
For an idea of current prices, expect to pay:
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Once you have chosen a bathtub you need to find a service to carry out the job for you. Initially you need to decide if you are going to use a dedicated bathroom renovation service. The advantage of this is that they have all the relevant trades to hand and will take care of everything. The alternative is for you to source all the individual licensed trades your job requires. These may include a:
Plumber: a plumber will be able to remove and install a bath, including altering or modifying any necessary fixtures and/or drainage. Plumbers charge in the region of $100/hour, depending on where you live and there may also be a one-off call out charge.
Always use tradies who are licensed for your bathroom reno.
Tiler: your new bath is unlikely to be a like-for-like replacement so you will need a tiler to make the area like new. Expect to pay in the region of $60 per square metre for bathroom tiling – with the type of tile and the scale of the job the determining factors.Need visual inspiration? Why not browse our Bath Designs Ideas pages and choose which one would suit your space and lifestyle.
The best way of finding out the cost of your job is to get quotes from local bathroom specialists. This will give you a sense of what market rates currently are.
* All the costs and prices quoted were sourced at the time this article was written. They are indicative, may vary locally, are subject to market forces and should only be used as a guide.
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