Typically, the cost to renovate a bathroom ranges from $5,000 to $35,000 depending on the size of the room, fixtures to install and the amount of labour involved. Prices also vary based on the quality of materials and types of finishes used in the renovation.
A complete bathroom renovation involves resurfacing, replacing old bathroom fixtures, adjusting the layout and tiling the area. According to the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the average homeowner spends about $17,000 for bath renovations.
For a $500,000 property, you will need a budget around $25,000. Usually, the cost of renovating a bathroom is around 5% of the total purchase price of your property, which can increase your home’s value.
Bathroom Renovation Costs
Most tradies involved in bathroom renovations charge around $45 to $80 per hour for their service. However, the labour cost may vary per State as there are different levels of supply of tradies across Australia.
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For a $10,000 budget bathroom renovation, refer to the table below to check the expected labour costs.
|Tradies||Average Hourly Rate||Estimated Total Cost|
In most cases, renovation companies partner with these tradies to work collaboratively on a project and provide service packages. Posting a job on HIREtrades will help you receive competitive pricing from local tradies.
Factors that Affect the Cost to Renovate a Bathroom
Whether you are looking to rearrange the existing bathroom layout to improve the ambience or add skylights as a beautiful feature, consider the important factors that affect the cost of bathroom renovations.
1. The size of the bathroom
If, for instance, you are doing a budget renovation for your small bathroom, you may need an approximate amount of $5,000 to $10,000 for materials and labour. These include new installation of toilet, basin, vanity and many others.
Have a professional bathroom renovator check the worksite and provide estimates based on the floor area and size of the bathroom.
The number of fittings and fixtures to install have an impact on your costs. If you’re on a budget and you’re buying a standard priced basin and bath, you will need around $450 to cover the expenses for materials.
Likewise, installing luxury features such as floor heating and premium tiles can have significant effects on your costs. Those that are more complex to install also factor in the total price.
3. Professional fees
In any bathroom renovation projects, you will need the help of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters or tilers and plasterers. Hiring a professional significantly impacts the overall costs, so be sure to clarify the expected amount involving their labour.
Call-out charges are another aspect to consider when organising your budget for a bathroom remodel. For instance, local plumbers could demand a call-out fee of $60 to $100 depending on your location and their expertise.
4. Additional services
Structural and sewerage work influence the cost of bathroom renovation. These tasks require trades such as renovators and plumbers, which will incur extra cost for extensive or complex renovations.
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Before the actual work, clarify the necessary preparation tasks that need to be accomplished to know what to expect. Consult your prospective renovation specialist and request an itemised quotation that covers your entire scope of work.
You do not want any price surprises after you have budgeted for the installation works.
The Cost of Bathroom Renovations & Fixtures
The average bathroom size is 3.5m by 2.5m. You need to determine the room dimension of the area to calculate the expected renovation costs.
Here’s to give you an approximate amount to expect when doing bathroom renovations.
|Renovation type||Estimated Costs per m2||Average range (lump sum)|
|Budget bathroom renovations||$500||$5,000 – $10,000|
|Standard bathroom renovations||$1,400||$15,000 – $20,000|
|Large/luxury bathroom renovations||$2,400||$25,000 – $35,000 or more|
The average bathroom renovation costs around $10,000. A rough estimation costs of materials are:
- $2,000 for wall and floor tiles
- $350 for waterproofing
- $300 for bath
- $800 for shower enclosure
- $900 for vanity
- $150 for basin
- $80 for a basin tap set
- $170 for shower rail and hooks
- $200 for lights and exhaust fan
For labour, expect to pay around:
- $1,350 for plumbing services
- $500 to install light fittings and other electrical work
- $600 for carpentry services
- $600 for plastering jobs
- $2,000 for tiling work
If you’re buying new bathroom fixtures, here’s a rough guide for single and multi-storey homes. The average price range per State includes plumbing and drainage costs.
|Acrylic baths (1530x745mm)||$610||$570||$550||$560||$540|
|Acrylic baths (1680x745mm)||$710||$670||$650||$660||$640|
|Porcelain enamelled baths (1675mm)||$2,650||$2,400 – $2,450||$2,350 – $2,300||$2,400||$2,300|
|Porcelain enamelled baths (prestige)||$4,700 – $4,800||$4,500 – $4,600||$4,400 – $4,500||$4,500||$4,400|
|Shower (general)||$2,100||$1,900||$1,800||$1,850||$1,800 – $1,750|
|Hand shower and rail||$2,350||$2,150||$2,050||$2,100||$2,050|
|Care (inc. Flushing Rim and cisterns)||$6,600||$6,200||$6,000||$6,000||$6,000|
|Bidette (on-pan type)||$1,020 – $4,400||$990 – $4,400||$975 – $4,400||$990 – $4,400||$975 – $4,400|
|Porcelain enamelled Shower Bath (1540 x 750 x 2175mm high||$1,485||$1,410||$1,395||$1,410||$1,380|
*Pricing details are based on Australian Construction Handbook 2018 Edition.
Note: The above prices may be subject to change as the cost of materials and installation varies in market and location. Asking a bathroom renovation expert is more advisable to confirm project specifics.
How much maintenance is required for renovated bathrooms?
Whether you are doing budget bathroom renovations or luxury bathroom remodelling, proper maintenance is necessary to keep the room clean and properly maintained. Remember the following tips to ensure your bathroom maintains its appeal.
- Tiled surfaces (wall and floor tiles) must be regularly cleaned.
- If regrouting is required, hire a professional tiler for the job.
- Ensure your bathroom fixtures (e.g. baths, shower taps, sinks) are free from dirt or mould.
- Check your light fittings, toilet, cabinets and other bathroom accessories such as grab rails. Any damages should be dealt with by a professional.
- Keep the drain free from all forms of blockage.
Your bathroom is one of your most valued investments. HIREtrades can assist you with quotes to compare prices from local bathroom renovation contractors to help you make the right choice.
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