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  1. Homeowner1

    Homeowner1 New Member

    Hi everyone, we bought a house with very old radiators and would like to have them replaced. The plumber quoted us 9k for fitting 14 radiators with thermo valves, 1 bathtub and 2 shower enclosures. This comes on top of 1700 quote which includes installation of 2 wall hung toilets, splitting our piping network into 2 zones (bathrooms and rest). Not sure what prices are normal but seems way too high and for 9k quote he says all rads are about 1600 and all the rest is his work + valves. We asked for splitting the quote into 2 parts for the gf and 1st floor but he refused and offered us to find smb else then.
    Any comments appreciated thanks a lot.
  2. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    I would get 2 other quotes post the job on here I am sure someone would be willing to have a look what area are you ? Regards kop
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  3. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Too many variables mate get a couple more quotes
  4. Millsy 82

    Millsy 82 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Is he supplying everything? Bath shower enclosures? Are you having Showers? Tiling? Taps etc. Are the radiators straight swaps or is pipework alteration in that as well.

    It could be cheap or expensive depending on what they are carrying out.
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  5. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Yes lot of ifs and buts on this one.
    Location is also factor , to change all those rads and connect on to a old system could be problematic, you should mention this , if it is , is this in the price or does he submit another quote .
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  6. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Doesn’t sound unreasonable. That is a lot of work you want carrying out.
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  7. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Why do you believe it’s high more to the point what are you basing it on??
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  8. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Trusted Plumber GSR

    It's a bit of a 'how longs a piece of string' type question to be honest.

    It is very difficult to estimate going off the info you have given up to now but I personally do not think it sounds expensive.

    Any experienced Plumber will see and think about things that you probably have not, with all due respect. He/She will have thought through the job from start to finish, including all the 'behind the scenes' work.

    Different prices are a good idea so long as they are all pricing for the same work. Tradesmen are not all the same, it is not like buying a TV and getting the best deal. Try to get prices off people who are recommended from people you know.
  9. Homeowner1

    Homeowner1 New Member

    Thank you Last Plumber and everyone who responded earlier. we supply the bathtub and the shower enclosures, he only needs to fit it. As for the radiators, he supplies them, but I'm concerned about him saying that the actual rads are only up to 2000 and the rest 7000(!!!) is his work and much of it is installing thermo valves for the radiators. What also concerns me, is that ok if these are the prices, why don't you give me a detailed quote so that we can choose bits that are of the first necessity. But he won't. Keeps saying it's all in his small papers and putting this all together will take him the whole day,so no. And this is a bit annoying. Also he said the tall rads (we want two tall ones) come as 550 together just their cost but I found stuff way cheaper online after calculating btu needed. Thanks everyone for the responses.
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  10. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Get a few more quotes and then compare. We as engineers do not buy on line as their is far too much that can go wrong and it is harder to fix. You then get a bill when no work has been completed as the stuff has turned up wrong. Also some engineers do not like breaking it down. As costs you more.
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  11. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Ask him what radiators he’s supplying. Way cheaper doesn’t mean you’re getting the same deal. You need an explanation of the labour involved. If he’s being cagey then get more quotes. Not much else we can say though really. You aren’t entitled to a full breakdown as the plumbers costs are his own
  12. Stu-B

    Stu-B Active Member

    I think there’s a trust issue here, if you don’t get a good vibe from your man then walk away and get another guy in to quote.
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  13. leelister6

    leelister6 Plumber GSR

    Very old radiators usually means very old pipework which usually means pipework alterations which means floors up, wall chasing/making good etc. It all depends on the amount of work involved. As said before, get another couple of quotes and see where they come in and try to get someone who has been recommended
  14. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    Radiators online could be cheap nasty Chinese rubbish.
    Don’t be fooled by the company name and British or EU location.
    Personally I think the quote for radiators install sounds high to me, but I suggest you get other quotes.
    How about trying different plumbers to quote for solely one job - like the rads install? That should give you a better idea of price variations.
    I am not surprised the plumber won’t break his quote down any further.
    Time is money and he knows all you will do is get other quotes for each job and go cheaper.
    You also wouldn’t like if he asked you exactly what your wage was
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  15. Murdoch

    Murdoch Active Member

    Where in the UK are you based? Location matters a lot
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