I had a typical 4 pc bathroom(5'x9') with a bath tub and tile surround in a 60s era room. Bath had been refinished but was peeling so i ripped it and the tile surround back to the studs to find moldy drywall and plywood behind the tiles.
Cleared it all out and now am debating replacing the old hot and cold knob faucet with a modern one handle mixer and spout. Quote I got was $400-500 for parts and labour for a basic faucet. I have completely cleared all drywall and obstructions from the pipes.
Is this a fair price?
I have learned over the years one must never cheap out on plumbing fixtures. Moen and other high end fixtures have lifetime warranties on most of the main parts. You get what you pay for. Many other cheaper models on the market but it is hit or miss if it will last the test of time.
Quote was for a moen or similar fixture purchased by the plumber. Plumber didn't want me to buy the fixture at a retail store since in his opinion they were of poor quality.
Sounds like you really want a more stylish one handle mixer. I suggest you send the plumber a photo of the color / style you really want and just pay the difference. You never know it might just be a few dollars, if he/she can't get it where they purchase...then as someone else replied, purchase a Moen or Kohler.
That's a reasonable price and it might sound like a lot but he is right big box stores will have cheaper versions of good plumbing hardware. He also has the time ordering and picking up the hardware and carrying any warranty should it have an issue down the road. Most of the cost is going to be labour the fixture is probably only about $200 if it is an entry level delta/moen type. It is not a big job but should you not change it and cover the old one back up you will be paying much more when that one gives up.
Best of luck with your project!
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