In Minneapolis-Saint Paul the average cost to install or replace a toilet is $500, although prices can vary anywhere between $200 and $800+ (cost of the toilet is not included). The install should take about 2 hours.
Now, you might be thinking, “What’s up with that wide price range? Why would it vary so much?”
The cost may vary due to these factors:
Let’s explore how these factors affect the cost of installing or replacing your toilet.
Plumbers typically price in one of two ways:
And even within those two pricing models, each plumber has a different hourly rate or uses a different flat-rate pricing book.
At any rate, ask potential plumbers which pricing method they use just so you know what to expect.
Finally, let’s briefly cover the quality of the plumber. Let’s say you find two plumbers that use flat-rate pricing. Don’t automatically go with the one with the lowest price. We’re not saying a lower priced plumber is always worse or a higher priced plumber is always better. But we are saying that you shouldn’t make price the only thing you consider.
The BBB offers some tips on what to look for in a plumbing company:
Is your toilet located upstairs? If so the job may cost extra. A plumbing pro may charge extra to haul a heavy toilet upstairs or away for disposal.
Installing a toilet follows a pretty standard process:
Anatomy of a toilet. Source: http://www.toiletology.com/anatomy.shtml
Now, within that process, certain things can go wrong that can increase the price, including:
However, If you're starting your bathroom from scratch, the installation should go smoothly.
Of course, if the plumber charges a flat-rate price, you don’t have to worry about random snafus since the price will be locked in regardless of what comes up.
Contact MSP Plumbing to install your toilet. We’ve been serving Minnesota homeowners since 1918.