Understanding plumbing costs can be tricky as it often depends on what you are getting the plumber to do. Some jobs will be simple, while others will be complicated. The time of day can also impact the price, as will materials.
This blog will help to shed some light on the typical fees you can expect to pay for a plumber in Auckland. Remember, though, they are a guide. You will only know the exact price you need to pay when you speak to a plumber, and they give you a quote. That said, the information in this blog will help you decide whether the quote is within an unexpected range.
How Plumbers Charge
When you hire a plumber in Auckland, you are paying for their time. So, a job that takes two hours will cost more than a job that takes one hour. Also, you will find that plumbers also have a set charge for the first hour of a callout. This means the cost is the same for jobs that take 30 minutes as those that take 60 minutes.
After the first hour, plumbers will usually charge in time increments according to how long the job takes to complete.
What About Materials?
Materials are additional costs, so they will be on top of the plumber’s time. In almost all cases, plumbers don’t put a markup on the materials they buy. This means they don’t make a profit on materials. Instead, the price the plumber pays their supplier is the price you will be charged.
As an example, if you need a new tap, the price you will pay will be the callout charge for the plumber plus the cost of the tap and any other materials that are needed.
Is it Possible to Save Money on Materials?
The best person to ask this question is your plumber. They will be able to explain the various available options and the costs of each. The example above about a new tap applies again, as you can get budget tap options, taps that fall into the middle category in terms of pricing, and expensive high-end taps.
You might also be considering purchasing the materials yourself in an attempt to save money on the costs. In most cases, however, the price your plumber can get for materials will be lower than the price you can get. This is because the plumber will have well-established relationships with their suppliers, and they will probably get a trade discount that they will pass onto you.
In addition, the plumber will make sure they get the correct part or accessory, minimising unnecessary delays on the job.
Estimates and Quotes
You will find information on this blog about the cost that plumbers charge, but the best way to get an accurate price is to ask for an estimate or quote. Particularly with quotes, your plumber will base the price they give you on the information that you provide. For larger and/or more complex projects, they may even visit your home to assess the job and to get an understanding of exactly what is required.
If materials are required, the quote you get may include the cost of the materials as the plumber will go to their supplier to find out the relevant prices. If this is not clear on the quote, it is best to ask the plumber to clarify if materials are included and to provide you with more information.
What is Included in Plumbers’ Fees?
Understanding what is included in the fees that plumbers charge is important. After all, some people think the money they pay goes straight into the plumber’s pocket as profit. Often this is accompanied by grumbling about high rates.
This is a misunderstanding, however, as only a percentage of the money you pay to a plumber is profit. This is because the plumber has expenses to pay. Those expenses come out of the fees they charge. Examples of a plumber’s expenses include:
- Vehicle purchase cost and maintenance
- Accounting fees
- Training and remaining certified
- The purchase of tools and equipment
- Phone and other communication costs, including websites
All the above expenses add up, but they are essential to the running of a plumber’s business.
Getting a Cheap Plumber
In the next section, we will outline some examples of prices that can expect to pay for various plumbing jobs. You may find plumbers who will quote you less than these prices, however. Does that mean the prices below are too expensive?
What we have done below is give you accurate, straight pricing for plumbing work.
That said, some plumbers quote less and then try to add other charges later in the job, including hidden charges. Therefore, it’s important to be cautious if you are given a plumbing quote that looks very low.
Also, not all plumbers work to the same standard or have the same certifications or qualifications. The prices detailed below are the prices you can expect to pay to a fully certified, insured, experienced, and professional plumber that can provide residential and commercial plumbing services in Auckland.
Plumbers’ Rates – Real-World Examples
At Progress Plumbing, we are fully open and transparent about our pricing policy. In fact, we publish our main prices on our website. Some of those prices are outlined below, but it’s important to point out that these are indicative prices. Every plumber has the right to charge what they want to charge, just as you have the right to choose to hire them.
However, the pricing examples below come from real-world plumbing businesses, including ours here at Progress Plumbing.
$100 to $110 per hour per vehicle
A standard callout is usually during business hours Monday to Friday. At Progress Plumbing, a standard callout is between 7.30 am and 5.00 pm. After the first hour, charges are in 15-minute blocks. So, for a 90-minute callout, you can expect to be charged approximately $150 to $160.
Note the cost is per vehicle, so if the job is large and requires more than one vehicle and plumber, it will be charged appropriately. It’s also important to note that gas-fitting callouts may be at the higher end of the callout scale.
After Hours and Public Holiday Callouts
$175 to $320
You will pay more for an after-hours callout or to get a plumber on a public holiday. After-hours callouts apply to any time of day not included in the plumber’s standard rate.
The points mentioned above also apply to after-hours calls, including gas fitting callouts costing more. Callouts on public holidays are also at the higher end of the scale.
Other Plumber Pricing Examples
- Gas certificate: $104
- Backflow and test certificate: $120
- Watermain leak detection: $175
- Drain unblocking: $120
- CCTV drain inspection: $180
- Bathroom renovation: $20,000 to $90,000 depending on whether you want a basic bathroom, a mid-range bathroom, or a high-end bathroom.
- Kitchen renovation: $23,000 to $174,000 depending on whether you want a basic, mid-range, or high-end kitchen.
Getting a Quote for Your Job
The above information will help you understand how plumbers charge for the work they do, as well as what you can expect to pay for the job you need to be completed. To get a quote for your residential plumbing or commercial plumbing job, get in touch with us at Progress Plumbers