Garage Conversion Cost: 2018 Guide

Outgrowing your property can pose difficulties for many homeowners. The cost of moving to a new house makes choosing to pack up and relocate out of the question for many but there are other options available for those looking for more space.

If your home features an existing garage, converting it could be the solution to your problem.

Of course, there are other ways to extend your home, such as building an extension, converting your loft, or even adding a conservatory. Garage conversion costs, though, are typically more affordable by comparison.

If you don’t use your garage for much more than storing junk, or you find that you tend to park your car on the drive, having a garage conversion installed could be the best way to extend the liveable space within your property.

To get quotes for three or four reliable local garage conversion companies free of charge and with no obligation, please fill in the form just below.

Cost of a Garage Conversion

Because a garage conversion may involve structural changes, it’s wise to breakdown the cost of the entire project.

Some estimated costs are as follows:

Garage Doors – £1,300
You’ll need to have the existing garage doors removed so you can install a weather-tight replacement. The space will need blocking up, and you may want to add in a small window.

Doors and Windows £500-600
These are essential to making the garage feel like part of the house, and not just a box.

Flooring £1,000 (concrete slab professionally laid)
If the garage is old, you may need to pour a new concrete floor before you install linoleum or carpet.

Walls £750 (stud wall average)
Installing stud walls and cavity wall insulation will increase energy efficiency.

Utilities (new electrical socket £100, moving gas/water pipes £1,000 – £3,000)
Running new utilities into your garage will likely be at an unprecedented cost. Many garages have electricity but lack a water and gas supply. Depending on the extent of your project, the cost of this will vary. A bedroom conversion may only merit a few extra sockets, whereas a bathroom or kitchen will involve more work.

The cost of a garage conversion will also depend on the finish you want. A new living room may set you back around £6,000 but the price of a bathroom or kitchen will cost you much more.

Administrative costs – for example, those attributed to architects and project managers – will increase the overall cost of your garage conversion.

Garage Conversion Cost FAQ

Why would someone want to convert their garage? What are the main benefits?

Choosing to convert your garage brings with it a whole host of benefits. If you have a double garage, you may even be able to only convert half the space, giving you a brand-new room, and leaving a space for parking your car.

Since a garage conversion uses an existing structure, you don’t need to lay new foundations or build walls from scratch. If your garage already has electricity, you won’t need to pay for rewiring.

A 3m by 4m extension may cost you upwards of £15,000, whereas a standard garage conversion should cost in the range of £5,000 and £10,000. Of course, this will depend on your desired use of the room, and the finish, but the point stands – converting an existing garage could potentially save you thousands, with the same effect of a single storey extension.

What are the disadvantages of a garage conversion?

Though a garage conversion can be a cost-effective way to extend your home, it may not be the best choice for you.

Converting your garage means you could lose out on parking space, forcing you to leave your car on the drive or in the street. For some homeowners, this may not be possible as the garage is their only viable parking option.

Garage conversions may add value to your home but it may also put some buyers off. If on-street parking is at a premium around where you live and you think you’d struggle to find a parking space after picking the kids up from school without your existing garage space, you may fetch a better price when you come to sell your home by leaving the garage alone.

Are there alternatives to garage conversions?

As long as you have the budget for it, an extension may be a better choice, especially if your existing garage is structurally unsound. They can cost upwards of £30,000, however, and will require planning permission if it’s going to be two storeys high, or extend in front of the facing wall of your property.

Another popular space-making option is having your loft converted. Again, this will cost significantly more than a garage conversion would and it can only be completed in properties with roof space 2.4m+ high. However, a loft conversion is a great choice for those who want a spare bedroom, or an additional bathroom.

Although garages can also be converted into those types of rooms, many homeowners prefer to keep their living and sleeping areas separated by floor and converting your loft will be in line with this way of thinking.

Will I need planning permission for a garage conversion?

Unless you’re planning to alter the structure of your garage, you won’t need planning permission to convert it.

However, you may need planning permission if:

  • You live in a listed building or a Conservation Area (this applies even to minor changes)
  • Your home was built with a condition requiring the garage to remain as parking space

You may need to apply for ‘change of use’ planning permission when converting a standalone or detached garage into a habitable living space.

Who can I buy a garage conversion from? 

The cost of a garage conversion in the UK will vary depending on who you hire to complete the work. Some firms may specialise in garage conversion, and other contractors will be willing to work together as individually hired workers.

Depending on how you want to convert your garage, you may need any number of the following types of contractor:

  • Builder – walls, cavity wall insulation, laying concrete slab floor
  • Plasterer – plastering the walls
  • Electrician – rewiring/installing new wiring and sockets
  • Plumber – rerouting pipes/installing new pipework
  • Heating/gas engineer – rerouting gas pipes/installing or modifying existing central heating pipework, installing kitchen appliances such as cookers
  • Glazier – installing windows/doors
  • Carpet fitter – laying carpet/flooring of your choice

Using the Tradesmen Prices form at the top of this page, you can access 3-4 quotes from local tradespeople for the cost of converting your garage. Big companies have to pay large overheads and running costs, so we find you reputable local tradespeople

Should my garage conversion installer be a member of anything (trade body, government scheme, etc?)

Accreditations for building companies may be found on their website. Look out for the marks of:

In addition, you may wish to ask individual specialist contractors for relevant documentation regarding qualifications or accreditation.

Before I get my garage converted, what should I ask a potential installer?

Because garage conversions vary, it’s worth asking your contractors a few questions regarding the project. You could ask them:

  • How long will the conversion take?
  • Do you have public liability insurance?
  • Can I see your supply and price lists?

Finding out if your contractors have a plan in place that covers complications occurring can give you peace of mind, as well as confirming their experience. 

How long does it take to convert a garage?

The length of time it takes to convert a garage will depend on the extent of the project, who is doing the work, and your desired result.

You can expect work to take anything between 2 and 4 weeks. Again, it’s wise to ask your contractors how long each individual stage of the work will take and try to schedule it so any independent workers come in one after the other to do their part of the job.

Why should I get quotes for a garage conversion from Tradesmen Prices?

Because the garage conversion industry is so varied in terms of required skills, there will be many companies and independent tradespeople vying for your custom.

Use the Tradesmen Prices form below to receive 3-4 quotes from local contractors who will be able to offer you a competitive price to complete your garage conversion.

We pre-validate their credibility, and check their history too, so you can be reassured that whoever we put you in touch with is a genuine, trustworthy local tradesperson.

New bathroom cost

Purchasing a new bathroom suite is a big decision for any homeowner. Not only will you need to think about the bath, shower, toilet, sink and any other fixtures you’re wanting, but also the rest of the room and the price of hiring someone to carry out the work.

Where, in other rooms, you can simply paint the walls and fill in the furniture later, replacing a tub could mean you need to retile the entire room again.

How much to fit a bathroom?

Often when choosing to have a bathroom fitted, it can be easy to focus on just the cost of the units and any accessories you’re thinking of adding.

But, the cost of materials is only part of the story. When working out how much it will cost you to have your bathroom fitted, you’ll need to remember the wages of the tradesmen working on your job, as well as the fee for taking away your old installation.

So what is the average cost of a new bathroom?

Job description Materials cost Labour cost Completion time
Remove old bathroom suite and tiles £0 £200 4-5 hours
Prepare walls, floors and ceilings £100 £100 2-4 hours
Install toilet, sink, and bath (inc taps) £400 £600 2-3 days
Install toilet, sink, and shower (inc taps) £600 £600 2-3 days
Install toilet, sink, shower and bath (inc taps) £800 £650 2-3 days
Tile wall and floors £500 £400 1-2 days
Install mirror, light and radiator £200 £100 3-4 hours
Install extractor fan £100 £200 4-8 hours
Install electric underfloor heating £1,125 £375 1-2 days

The individual jobs and costs of fitting a bathroom are as follows:

If you were to hire a specialist to replace your entire bathroom suit – including prep work, wall and floor tiling, and installing a mirror, new light and a heated hand rail – you would be looking at an average cost of around £3,500.

Of this cost, £1,575 would go towards the materials in your new bathroom; making up 45% of the total. Half of the amount you pay for you bathroom installation would be used to pay the time and labour of the tradesmen. The remaining 5% would then cover the waste removal of your old bathroom suite.

On top of these amounts, however, many larger companies will also add a premium onto their prices. This is simply to cover their higher running costs, such as television advertising, showrooms and sales representatives’ commissions.

For this reason, you may find it cheaper to go to a smaller, local bathroom installer. These small companies generally have much lower running and advertising costs, which means they can pass their savings on to you.

Depending on who you choose for your installation, and the style of bathroom you’re looking for, prices can range from around £2,000 to as much as £10,000 or higher.

Choosing a DIY job or a professional bathroom installation

When it comes to any kind of home renovation, many homeowners find themselves mulling around the same question: Do It Yourself, or call in a professional?

After all, many people find home DIY projects to be very enjoyable and they feel extremely rewarded when the work is completed successfully.

The cost of fitting a bathroom yourself may be lower because you won’t need to pay for using your own time and labour. But you may still need to pay out for certain technical parts of the job that you’re unable to do yourself and, although these tasks may only be small, the cost of these odd jobs and callout charges can quickly mount up.

In addition, if you are inexperienced, installing your own bathroom yourself can take much longer than it would for a professional. That means you could go days or even a week without anyone being able to access the bathroom until the job is complete.

Unless you are a skilled plumber, electrician, tiler, and painter all rolled into one, ensuring every part of your new bathroom is installed correctly and to a high quality can be a real challenge.

Although the total bathroom installation cost may be easier to control when carrying out the work yourself, as you can choose where to purchase individual items, having imperfect aspects corrected post-installation can be extremely expensive.

If you choose to have your bathroom installed by a professional, you’ll benefit from having:

  • All materials and labour rolled into one bathroom fitting cost; with no need for individual call out charges for small jobs,
  • A single point of contact managing and coordinating the different tradesmen needed to fit out your bathroom completely, and
  • The peace of mind knowing your installation is being carried out by reputable, qualified expert.

How much does a new bathroom cost?

Your new bathroom involves a lot more than just buying a bath. There are a significant number of different jobs that make up a bathroom installation which may require different types of tradesmen to complete.

Remember to take into account all of the following tasks when putting in a bathroom, including:

Electrical work

Replacing your old bathroom isn’t always just about appearance. A complete bathroom refurbishment could also mean you have the perfect opportunity to update your electricals.

Now could be the right time to switch to a more modern looking energy saving LED, or install any number of new and convenient extras, such as a hair dryer, extractor fan, shaving socket or even a power shower.

Wall tiling

 Tiling walls is seen to many people as more of an art than a trade. It requires expertise and a skilled hand to be properly executed. Also, rectifying tiling mistakes once set can be extremely difficult and expensive, so it is essential that you get it right first time.

Depending on the size of your bathroom and the type of tiles you want, this bathroom renovation cost can vary greatly.

Plumbing

 A very large chunk of your total bathroom installation cost will go towards the plumbing. All new taps, toilets, sinks, baths and showers need to be properly plumbed in in order for your bathroom to function.

The cost of plumbing can vary depending on whether you’re just looking to replace the current fixtures or if you’re wanting a completely new layout.

Bathroom suite 

You may already have your dream bathroom in mind – perhaps have chosen your suite but just need someone to install it, or you have no idea how you would like your bathroom to look.

Either way, finding the right installer who can help you create the perfect bathroom for you is absolutely vital. Even a luxury, top-of-the-range suite can be made to look cheap and tacky if not professionally installed.

Waste and removal

 Although often forgotten by DIYers, waste removal after a new bathroom installation is something you need to consider. Once taken out, your old suite will need to be disposed of properly.

This can be extremely difficult if you’re carrying out the job yourself as most car boots would struggle to fit an entire bath tub. Using a professional bathroom installer, they will be able to take the old suite away with them after your new bathroom is fitted and dispose of it for you.

Hiring a skip for your bathroom installation is also a popular alternative.

The amount you pay for each of these aspects can vary depending on a wide variety of aspects, such as the size of your bathroom, where in the country you live, and who you hire to do them.

Finding a single company who can carry out all of these parts of your bathroom installation will save you valuable searching time and money. To see quotes from local bathroom installers near you, simply fill in the form below.

New bathroom frequently asked questions (FAQ) 

Why would someone want a new bathroom fitted?

Even if your current bathroom suite is still functioning, you may still be considering a brand-new installation.

Over time, bath tubs and other furnishings in your bathroom can become discoloured. And, if sealants around your bath, shower or sink become worn, it can lead to leaks and mould forming.

A new bathroom is also a major investment in your home as modern installations can last for decades and increase the market value of your home.

It also provides the perfect opportunity to not only update your current fixtures but also add new benefits to your bathroom, such as underfloor heating, shaving sockets or an extractor fan. 

How long will my bathroom refurbishment take?

Unfortunately, there is no exact timescale for fitting a new bathroom. That’s because the length of time your installation takes all depends on the complexity of the job and the condition of your bathroom at the beginning of the project.

If lights need rewiring or whole walls of tiles need to be removed before any plumbing can be put in, this will extend installation time a lot.

As a rough guide however, an average sized family bathroom can take as many as seven working days to complete; including a complete strip out and waste removal, preparation work, tiling, flooring and suite installation.

Make sure you ask for an estimated time scale for your bathroom fitting when searching for quotes. 

My bathroom is very small / an unusual shape. Will I still be able to have a new suite installed?

Yes. The majority of bathroom installers will first assess your bathroom to see what is and is not possible, and to help you decide which product may be the most suitable for your home.

They may even be able to replace an old bath with a modern shower unit to save extra space.

 Will I need planning permission for a new bathroom installation?

Generally, planning consent is not required for a new bathroom unless it will be part of a house extension.

However, if you live in a listed building, you will need to contact your local planning authority beforehand. 

Should my installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Depending on who you choose for your bathroom installation, there may be a single contractor carrying out your work or the business may hire subcontractors to carry out the plumbing, tiling, and electrical work respectively.

Regardless, if you are concerned about finding a reputable local bathroom installer who will complete your installation to the highest standard, look out for signs of trade body accreditation on their company websites, such as:

Before I get my new bathroom fitted, what should I ask a potential installer?

When looking around for quotes for your new bathroom, make sure you ask all potential installer how much of the work they will be able to carry out themselves, and what parts of the work they may lend out to contractors.

It is also possible that you may need to find separate tradesmen for certain parts of the job yourself; such as a plasterer to prepare the walls for tiling if your chosen installer cannot do this themselves.

Be sure to check exactly what is included in the quote you’re given, so you won’t have any hidden costs or added fees following completion.

It is always best practice to get a variety of quotes from different bathroom installers before settling on one. Where some may have higher prices, they may be able to carry out all aspects of your installation without needing the help of subcontractors – saving you money in the long run.

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To access quotes from reputable local bathroom installers in your area, simply fill in the form above. From there, we will set to work matching you up with trusted and qualified tradesmen near you.

The cost of rewiring a house

The total cost to rewire a house can vary depending on supplier and, whilst you will no doubt want to find the best possible price, it’s more important to make sure it’s done right.

Finding the right electrician for your job can be a long and tiring process. No two rewiring jobs are the same, depending on the current state of your home’s wiring and what it is you’d like to connect, the cost to rewire a house can differ for each company.

Smaller companies and sole traders tend to be able to offer lower prices for all kinds of installation without sacrificing quality thanks to their low running costs. What each company can offer will also differ.

For example, there are usually two to three separate costs for a home rewiring.

First of all, there are the electrical installation condition report costs. If you’re unsure of whether or not you need your house rewired, an inspection from a qualified electrician will help put your mind at ease.

A qualified electrician should perform an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) every ten years if you’re a homeowner. If you rent out property, you should do it every five years.

These tests include inspecting the fuse board, the sockets, the switches and additional fixtures in your home. Once that’s done, protective devises are tested to prevent shocks and to check installation polarity.

The prices for these reports depend greatly on the size and type of home you live in.

Type of property Number of bedrooms Estimate
Flat 1 from £120
Flat 2 from £120 to £150
Flat 3 from £180 to £210
House 1 or 2 from £150 to £180
House 3 or 4 from £200 to £250
House 5 or more £300 and upwards

Then, there is the cost of your actual rewiring work. Whilst these costs will depend greatly on how big your home is, whether or not the property you reside in your home when it’s being rewired, the type and number of fittings you choose and your geographical location, there are average prices for you to use as a guideline.

If you live in a terraced house with two bedrooms, a complete rewire could cost you £2-3,000 without plastering and decorating. This kind of job will usually take around five to eight days.

For a four-bed detached home, you could expect to pay as much as £5,000 for a complete rewire of up to ten rooms. This includes replacing all fixtures and wiring and will take around ten to fifteen days to finish.

The third cost that you may come across is getting plasterers and decorators in. House rewiring involves making holes in walls to access the channels. Some tradesmen will offer post-work plastering and decorating in their rewiring costs to ensure your home looks just as good as before.

However, not all companies offer this as part of their service and you may need to hire a separate company to plaster and repaint. Make sure you ask installers about this when searching for your quotes.

Rewiring your house may not seem like the most glamorous home improvement you can buy but it will deliver big benefits to you. If the electrical wiring within your home is outdated, it can pose a serious fire hazard or even lead to injury or electrocution.

The simple fact of the matter is, most wiring from around twenty or thirty years ago just isn’t built to cope with the demands of modern life. TVs, computers and all kinds of technology have become considerably more advanced in recent decades, and the strain they place on your home’s wiring systems has also increased.

But how can you tell if you need your house rewired?

If you’re considering having your home rewired, whether in preparation for going on the market or in advance of a decorating project, you’ll first need to check that it is absolutely necessary for you.

A good rule of thumb is this; if you know with certainty that no rewiring has been done on a house for more than 25 years, it is very likely that you will need rewiring or a partial rewire at the very least.

If you’re considering buying a house around this age, ensuring the wiring is up to date before you settle in is essential. Or, if you’re thinking about renovating your home in the near future, it is wise to have any rewiring work carried out before you decorate.

Rewiring can be a messy, dusty and time-consuming process so it is vital you get it out of the way before any replastering or repainting work is started.

But, if you’re unsure, it is essential that you have a qualified and competent electrician check this for you rather than mess around with the wiring yourself.

Experts recommend that you have your home electrics inspected by a professional electrician every ten years or so regardless of the age of your wiring just to make sure everything is working as it should.

Tell-tale signs that you need to rewire your house

Rather than calling in an electrician for the simple job of checking, you may be able to tell whether or not your home needs rewiring by looking at it yourself. All you need to do is inspect any exposed parts of the wiring, your electricity meter, and the fuse box/consumer unit.

The good thing about knowing what to look for yourself means you cannot only check whether your own home will need rewiring but also you can check out the wiring in any house you’re looking to buy. All you would need to do is simply ask to check the fuse box whilst viewing a potential new home.

If you see a fuse box with switches made of cast iron, fuses made of ceramic, and its back is made of wood, then it is likely the property will need completely rewiring.

In some cases, a single old fuse box will have two or more sets of circuits. This is a clear sign that it will need replacing, as it can be difficult to ensure all of them have been disconnected before starting works, which is extremely dangerous.

Mismatched sets of circuits should also raise red flags for you, as they are an indicator that the last electrician only carried out a partial rewire. Another key tell-tale sign is that all modern consumer units have built in circuit breakers and residual circuit devices (RSDs).

Then, if you can, take a look at the cabling in your home. You should be able to see these on light fittings and around your fuse box.

Some houses have surface mounted cables running along their skirting boards and walls. Not only can this ruin the appearance of your home, but it also suggests the last rewiring was a partial quick fix job; meaning that it could be inefficient or unsafe.

If any cables around your fuse box or meter are covered in rubber, lead or fabric, your wiring is definitely outdated. In fact, lead insulating cabling was only used until 1955 and fabric was used up until the 1960s, so if you do notice these, your home will need a serious update.

All modern electrical installations are now coated in insulating grey or white uPVC. If you can see this, you can rest assured that a uPVC cable is up to current regulation standards.

If you’re still unsure whether or not you need a house rewire, it is always better safe than sorry. Make sure a qualified electrician carried out a full inspection of your electrical installations before anything else.

Building regulations for rewiring

Part P of the 2010 Building Regulations requirements cover the electrical safety of domestic homes. It sets the standard for design and installation of wiring systems to ensure the wiring in all single ‘dwellings’ (that is houses not business premises or lifts in a block of flats) is completely safe and effective.

Whether you’re planning on rewiring your whole home, extending it, or even converting an existing attic or loft, the rules will still affect you.

If you choose to carry out the work yourself, they state that you must make a Buildings Regulations application (including an inspection fee) both before and after the work.

How to rewire a house

When your installer rewires your home, they will begin at the ‘first fix stage’, i.e. before any new plastering is placed. They will also need to lift the floor coverings, floor boards, and potentially your skirting boards too.

This gives the installer access to route-out channels in the wall and ceiling for wires to travel through. Then, they’ll need to fit new back boxes for all of the sockets and switches in your home.

Whilst lights and power may come to mind when you think of rewiring, you could also ask your installer to take this opportunity to rewire any central heating controls, outdoor lighting, telephones. TV aerials, smoke detectors, doorbells and burglar alarms during that visit.

Once all wiring work is complete, the walls of your home will need to be filled or replastered and the flooring put back. In the ‘second fix stage’, all sockets and switch plates, fuse boxes, and any electric fans, cookers, showers and heaters can be connected.

Finally, your installer will ensure all electrical installations are safe. This will include checking the earth bonding of all circuits, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom where areas can become wet more easily.

Get quotes from qualified electricians near you

Some homeowners choose to use a house rewiring cost calculator before approaching any actual traders. However, prices can vary greatly depending on where you are in the country. That’s why the only way to get a real idea of the cost is by gathering a number of quotes from local electricians to compare.

Choosing the right electrician for you couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is fill in your details above, and we’ll set to work matching you up with a reputable local trader near you who can get your rewiring work done.

With Tradesmen Prices, you can compare quotes from a number of rewiring experts in your area and take your pick. Fill out the form here.

House re-wiring frequently asked questions 

What are the main benefits of having your home rewired?

Too often, old wiring is so unequipped for the all the electrical devices we use today that it causes the fuse box to blow. Having your home rewired also makes your home a much safer place, reducing the risks of fire or injury.

What are the downsides of house rewiring?

Brand new wiring does not only make your home safer but it also keeps you within the Building Regulations legislation. So, whilst there are some downside to getting your house rewired, like ruined plaster or paintwork, replacing outdating wiring has very few disadvantages. 

Are there alternatives to house rewiring?

If you’re experiencing problems with your home’s electrical installations but either can’t or do not want to pay for a total rewire, you may be able to opt for a partial rewire instead.

This involves simply replacing the specific part of the wiring that is causing or experiencing issues rather than the entire system. Not only does this save you money but, if the rest of your wiring is problem-free, it also saves a great deal of time and upheaval replacing every part.

If you notice when you’re doing your own inspections or if your Electrical Installation Condition Report finds that your home’s wiring has previously has a partial rewire, then you may be able to just replace the outdated sections. It is fairly common for homeowners to have different parts of their wiring replaced at different times.

A partial rewire can also come in handy if your systems are up to date but you’re wanting to add new electrical circuits. 

Will I need planning permission to have my home rewired?

Almost all internal home improvement works can be carried out without planning permission, including rewiring.

However, if you’re looking to make any changes to a listed property, or you live within a conservation area, you will need to apply for planning consent with your local planning department before you have the work done.

You can apply for planning permission using Planning Portal, or speak to your local council for further advice. 

Should my installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Part P of the Building Regulations states simply that all new electrical work carried out in a home must be compliant with the requirements set out, it does not state that the work must be carried out by a qualified electrician.

No matter who carried out the work, they must stay within the regulations or they are committing a criminal offence; for which local authorities can make them remove the work.

That is why experts recommend that you use a reputable and properly qualified electrician for your house rewire. When collecting quotes, keep a lookout for seals of accreditation on company websites, such as:

Before I get my home rewired, what should I ask a potential installer?

When searching for the best price, it is absolutely vital that you gather a variety of quotes from different companies in your area.

Many prices you find online are not accurate since prices differ depending on a wide range of factors. Getting an accurate estimation of your work involves finding an electrician that understands what you need and want from your house rewiring.

Whether you’re looking for an update for safety reasons or to add more installations to your home, any business will need to know the facts before they can give you an accurate quote.

Why should I use Tradesmenprices for rewiring quotes?

With Tradesmen Prices, you can simply fill in all the details of your work on our online form, and we will help match you up with qualified and experienced local electricians who can help you out.

Make sure to ask if you would like replastering and decorating as part of your rewiring service, or if you would need to find a separate trader for this.

What is The Cost of Triple Glazing?

As with the majority of home improvements, triple glazing prices and quality will vary depending on who you go to.

For example, you may already have a national window supplier in mind based on their TV presence. However, is very likely the cost of your installation will be much higher in order to cover the costs advertising such as this as well as paying the high commissions commanded by their sales reps and the other costs they pay running their branch network and head office.

On the other hand, a smaller local installer may not be as well known, but they will also have much lower running and marketing costs to cover themselves. That means they will likely be able to offer a cheaper triple glazed windows price too.

Since the actual figure can vary from supplier to supplier, what does an average triple glazed windows price list look like?

Type of property Number of bedrooms Number of windows Average cost
Flat 2 4 £1,940
Terraced house 2 5 £2,425
Semi-detached house 2 7 £3,395
Semi-detached house 3 9 £4,365
Detached house 3 12 £5,820
Detached house 4 15 £7,275

These prices will also depend on the size of the window in question, which is why some suppliers offer their price lists as a triple glazing cost per square metre. Triple glazing will typically cost around £400 to £500 per square meter.

Some websites may offer an online triple glazing cost calculator, however the only real way to get an accurate idea of the price for triple glazed windows in your area is by gathering comparing quotes from local suppliers.

Tradesmen Prices takes the hard work out of screening suitable tradesmen and collecting quotes from each. All you need to do is fill in your details above and we’ll get to work matching you up with local triple glazing installers that will best suit your needs.

Double glazing has become an extremely common feature in British homes over the last few decades with many still making the switch from their traditional single panes. At the same time, the trend of triple glazed windows has also been gaining popularity in recent years.

Triple glazing is, of course, essentially the same thing as double glazing with an additional panel of glass. However, what this means is that there are two air gaps in the glass per window – doubling its insulating capabilities.

These gaps are then filled with argon gas, which is much denser than air, providing even more insultation against cold and noise.

Energy efficient homes are not only modern but they also help you save money by cutting down your energy bills. Triple glazing can be up to twice as energy efficient than double glazing, it is less prone to condensation and noise pollution, and it is also tougher and more secure too.

You can compare prices from a huge range of reputable triple glazing specialists in your area with Tradesmen Prices. Simply fill in the form below, and we’ll put you in touch with local experts who can help.

Whether you already have an installer in mind and want to find triple glazed windows for sale, you have the windows but no installer, or you’re looking for the whole package, we’ll help you find the right supplier for you.

Types of triple glazing

There are a lot of different types of triple glazed windows, usually depending on where in the world you live. In the UK, there are three common types:

  • Triple glazed windows using traditional spacers in each glazing gap,
  • Glass panel in the centre of the window with an interior U-type channel to seal between both the inner and exterior panels,
  • Triple glazing with a suspended attached film. The film can be heated or tightened to provide greater clarity in the glass.

How effective are triple glazed windows?

Every window made is given an energy efficiency rating, and part of the calculation for this involves working out its ‘U’ value. The U value of a window is a measurement in how capable it is of transferring heat and this is not an area you want your windows to score highly on.

The figure shows how easily heat will be able to pass through you window panels including the warmth inside your home. So, the lower the U value of the glass, the more effective it will be as an insulator.

An old-fashioned single glazed window almost always has a U values of 5 or more, whilst a newly fitted double glazed window will sit at a U value of around no more than 1.6. However, many brand-new triple glazed windows have been found to have U values of 0.8 or lower.

That makes them one of the most effective insulators on the market.

When the rest of your home is well insulated, i.e. the roof, walls and floor, having windows that are only single or double glazed will result in cold spots appearing around them at night; resulting in condensation and draughts.

Triple glazed windows, on the other hand, compliment your other energy efficient home improvements by ensuring there are no weak spots.

However, because of their increased insulation, triple glazing windows cost more than their single and double counterparts. Whether or not you choose to go for triple glazing all depends on what it is you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend.

Triple glazing frequently asked questions (FAQ) 

Why would someone want triple glazed windows?

There comes a time when any window will need replacing even if it was top of the range when purchased. The average lifespan of a window is around 25 years and toward the end of this time they can begin to go downhill.

Exposed to the elements for so long, window frames of any material or style can begin to look worn and discoloured. It’s also likely that they will start to become ineffective too with drafts and condensation being extremely common in old single – and even double – glazed windows.

Rather than replace their old, inefficient windows with a like-for-like replacement, many homeowners choose to take this opportunity to upgrade to the latest model. In recent years, triple glazing has become an increasingly popular choice.

Triple glazed windows are extremely effective in balancing room temperatures and generally making a home more comfortable.

As you know, triple glazed windows use three panes of glass with insulating air spaces in between each one. This makes them even more effective than the more common double glazing in trapping warmth inside your home and keeping cold air and noise at bay.

Noise reduction is a commonly forgotten benefit of insulation. Typical single glazed windows are made up of just very thin glass membranes which allow noise to pass through them easily.

Double and triple glazed windows instead have air pockets and additional layers of glass to absorb the sound, meaning you can enjoy peace and quiet in your own home.

Those looking to sell their home may be considering upgrading to double glazing in order to add value to the property. Whilst this would likely have that effect, with double glazed windows now being commonplace, triple glazed windows may push the value of your home even higher. 

What are the disadvantages of triple glazing?

Triple glazing windows cost more up front than many other window options. However, because of their almost double energy saving capabilities, many consider them to be more of a long term investment.

But, triple glazing can cause design issues for your window. For example, in replacement windows, the extra weight of the glass can prove too heavy for weaker sash materials or cause width and opening limitations in casement windows.

This extra weight can also potentially cause window hinges to bend over time and it will add to your installation labour costs.

If your home does not already have wall and roof insulation, the savings you can make with triple glazed windows may be limited. And, during the warmer months, much less natural solar heat will be able to enter your home, so you may end up needing to turn on the heat.

Are there alternatives to triple glazing?

Of course, double glazing is still an option. Whilst triple glazing is recommended for colder areas, those in more moderate climates may be able to get by on double glazing alone.

It really depends on personal preference and the amount you are willing to spend on your new windows. If you are unsure, it may be worth collecting quotes from local tradesmen for both double and triple glazed windows.

Simply fill in the form above, and we will help you find quotes from reputable window installers near you. 

Will I need planning permission for triple glazed windows?

As a general rule, you do not tend to need planning permission for any minor changes to your house. And, despite the huge impact new windows can have on the appearance and efficiency of your home, they are actually considered a minor renovation.

However, you will need to apply for planning permission before you make changes to the windows in either:

  • A flat
  • A listed building
  • A home in a conservation area
  • A house under an Article 4 Directive

If your property falls under any of these categories or if you are unsure as to whether or not you need consent before you have triple glazing, you can seek advice from your local council or planning department.

You can apply for planning permission for home improvement projects online here. 

Should my installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Installing triple glazing can be a difficult job, even more so than lighter alternatives like double glazing. You’ll want to ensure your installer knows what they are doing and that your installation will be of a very high quality.

When searching for a supplier, look out for the Trade Associations trademarks on installers’ websites, for example:

Why should I get triple glazing quotes from this website?

Before hiring any tradesperson to carry out your home improvements, it is always important to shop around. Collecting a variety of quotes from different local tradesmen means you will be able to find the most suitable installer for you for the very best price.

With Tradesmen Prices, you can rest assured that we will find the most suitable triple glazing specialists in your local area for you. Simply fill in your details above and we will carry out the search for you, sending you quotes for the top three or four installers in your area – meaning you can shop around without the hassle.

Rendering a House Cost: Guide for 2018

Rendering the exterior of your home can be a great way to liven up its appearance and it also serves many other practical purposes.

Rendering is a common solution for brickwork that needs repointing and for insulating properties whose structures aren’t suitable for cavity wall insulation.

It is a highly versatile home improvement option, as there are hundreds of colours, styles, and finishes available –  it’s up to you which one you choose.

Cost of Rendering a Property

Depending on the size of your property, and how many walls you want rendered, the price will vary. In addition, the finish you decide on will directly influence the price you pay as each type of render is priced slightly different.

Here are the most common types of render, and what they could cost you:

  • Cement
    The most common render found on external walls. Mixed on site, applied in two or three coats. Cheap materials, expensive labour. Has a tendency to crack if the underlying structure moves.
    Price per square metre – South: £35-45, Midlands: £25-35, North: £20-30 (not including painting).
  • Acrylic and Silicone
    Usually applied as a thin finish coat. This enhances appearance and seals underlying coats. They can be colourful, and textured, and contain fibres to prevent cracking and increase durability.
    Price per square metre – South: £60-75, Midlands: £50-60, North: £45-60 (silicone is more expensive than acrylic by around £1-2 per metre squared).
  • Monocouche
    Single-layer render, produced by big-name companies. Comes in a bag ready to be mixed with water and can be applied using spray or a hand trowel. Uses white cement and come pre-coloured. Applied in a single coat, usually 15mm thick. Reduced labour costs, and increased durability of finish – many are self-cleaning and flexible.
    Price per square metre – South: £50-70, Midlands: 35-55, North: £35-50 (common brands include Weber, K Rend, Parex, and Sto). 

Houses vary in size, and it’s important to consider how may metres squared will need rendering when you apply for a quote. Rough guides for different types of house are shown below:

  • Small, Mid-Terrace House
    40-50 square metres
  • Large, Mid-Terrace House

70-170 square metres

  • 3-Bedroom, Detached
    110-160 square metres
  • 4/5-Bedroom, Detached
    180+ square metres

Rendering a House Cost FAQ

Why would someone want to render their house?

There are three main reasons for applying render to the exterior of a property:

  • To improve the appearance of the building,
  • To protect the existing walling material from weathering and damp penetration, or,
  • To improve thermal insulation.

Rendering your property can make it stand out as there are many attractive colour options available. Additionally, covering up old or unattractive brickwork with a well-applied coat of render can increase the value of your home as it often makes older properties look more modern.

Although less popular in the UK due to its complexity, there is the option of applying an Insulation Render to the exterior of your property instead of installing cavity wall insulation. It can often be applied in one coat, which decreases labour costs, although doing so is more expensive than applying traditional render.

What are the disadvantages of rendering your house?

Rendering is expensive so it may not be worth the expense for some people. When deciding whether to render your home, it’s important to choose the type and functionality of the render carefully as it’s a lasting investment that will cost a significant amount to replace or remove.

If your home features an aesthetically unique brick finish, applying render on top of it can decrease desirability.

Additionally, new rendering on the exterior of a building must comply with Building Regulations for thermal insulation, which can push the price up further.

Are there alternatives to rendering your house?

If the exterior brickwork on your home needs repointing in a small area, it will likely be cheaper to pay for that than to render the entire exterior.

Often, rendering is a solution to ‘blown’ brickwork which could be leading to damp within the home. This is a sensible choice if the exterior of your home is in need of significant repairs to the brickwork but if the areas of concern are minor, you may be able to hire a contractor to replace them.

Finding bricks which match those used to build your home is simpler than you may expect, and a professional re-pointer will be able to advise you on the type of mortar necessary to repair the areas of your home most exposed to the elements.

What are the main benefits of rendering your house?

Rendering your house can give the exterior a much-needed facelift, especially if the existing brickwork is worn or mismatched.

If you’re looking at rendering to solve thermal insulation problems, it will be more expensive than having cavity wall insulation installed, but the result will be just as effective.

Plus, cavity wall insulation can only take place if existing brickwork is pointed correctly and there is no chance of damp penetration. By rendering your home will an insulative layer of render, you bypass the need to pay for two projects on your brickwork – rendering solves bad pointing and insulation issues in a single job.

Will I need planning permission to render my house?

Rendering your home will not require planning permission, unless your property is:

  • A listed building,
  • In a Conservation Area,
  • In a National Park,
  • In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or,
  • Located in the Broads.

Outside of these areas, rendering won’t require planning permission.

Who can render my house for me?

In the UK, there are many big-name rendering companies, known for their specialist approach, who can render the exterior of your property.

You will probably get great quotes from these companies, but by using the Tradesmen Prices form at the top of this page, you will be able to source some local competition.

Because nation-wide companies like those mentioned above pay significant overheads and high running costs, a smaller company may be able to render your home for a lower price.

Tradesmen Prices can give you 3-4 quotes from local companies who may be able to offer a more personalised rendering project, tailored to the requirements of your home.

Should my rendering company be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Because rendering is a subset of plastering, a renderer from a smaller company may be British Gypsum Accredited or have completed relevant qualifications in a City and Guilds level plastering course.

Any contractor offering to render your home should be able to provide you with the details of their public liability insurance, as they will be making changes to a property that you own, and your insurance is unlikely to cover any potential damages.

How long does it take to render a property?

The time taken to render a property will depend on several factors, namely:

  • The number of exterior walls to be rendered
  • The type of render used
  • The size and type of property
  • Access to the property

Obviously, it’s going to take longer to render all four outer walls of a five-bedroom detached property than it is to render the facing wall of a bungalow.

When planning your rendering, consider the length of time it will take to put up and take down scaffolding, as well as the weather conditions – heavy rain will certainly impact workflow.

Here are estimated timescales for different property and project types:

Standard 2-bedroom bungalow – facing wall
4-6 days

3-bedroom semi-detached house – facing wall
5-8 days

4-bedroom detached house – all exterior walls
1-2 weeks

Choosing pebbledash render over smooth will add extra time onto any size rendering project, as it requires careful attention during painting. Applying pebbledash render to all exterior walls of an average sized detached home will take well over two weeks to complete.

Before I get my house rendered, what should I ask a potential contractor?

Since rendering is a significant investment with near permanent results, it’s wise to ask a few questions before the contractors start putting up the scaffold.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • How long will the job take, provided the current weather conditions prevail?
  • Will you need to repoint or repair existing brickwork before the render is applied?
  • Are you using reliable products?
  • Do you have public liability insurance?

Although this will likely have been decided pre-project, you may wish to ask your contractor for their supply price list and the names of the materials they’re using. If you’re getting Insulative Render applied, the job will be more complex, so you’ll want to check the materials used adhere to current Building Regulations.

Why should I get house rendering quotes from Tradesmen Prices?

By filling in the Tradesmen Prices form below, you can access 3-4 rendering quotes from local companies, who we pre-check for credibility, history, and honesty.

Unfortunately, in this industry, there will always be ‘cowboy’ rendering and plastering firms you’ll want to steer clear of.

By sourcing quotes from reputable companies near you, we can deliver you competitive prices with confidence, both in the price you’ll pay and the standard of the work to be completed.

Tarmac Driveway Prices 2018

If the front of your home has space in front of it, it’s likely going to be one of two things – a lawn or a driveway.

Both of these can suffer from puddles forming when it rains, excessive mud, or potholes. Additionally, they may not provide adequate parking space which forces your vehicle onto the curb.

Tarmacking your drive could be the solution.

Tarmacadam provides you with a very long-lasting surface, often with a life span of more than 15 years. Maintenance is easy and the price is cheaper than other surfacing options.

For a new tarmac, driveway prices may vary between £45 and £60 per square metre. Of course, this depends on who you choose to install your tarmac driveway. A number of factors can be evaluated onsite, including:

  • The gradient of the land – how much work will need to be done in order to create a viable slope degree for tarmacking to take place?
  • The condition of any existing driveway surface/lawn – will this require excavation work, and to what extent?
  • The size of the area to be covered

When you requests quotes from Tradesmen Prices for a tarmac driveway, you’ll be put in touch with 3-4 trusted tarmac installers. You can compare the estimates offered to you and get further insight into how your existing driveway will affect the cost of your new tarmac driveway. Just fill in the form below.

Tarmac Drive Cost FAQ

Why would someone want a tarmac drive?

Tarmac driveways are a relatively cheap, durable driveway surfacing option.

They make the front of your home look modern and clean and can be easily maintained. Often, tarmac driveways can last 15 years maintenance free.

If your existing driveway is old or you don’t have one, having a tarmac driveway laid is a great way to add value to your property. Sometimes, houses in busy residential areas with both front and back gardens (and no driveway) can decrease in value due to the demand for private parking spaces.

Though some homeowners are hesitant to tarmac over their front lawns, it can be a lucrative decision – owning a private driveway is better than having to park on the street.

What are the disadvantages of a tarmac drive?

Tarmac driveways now have 50% less life expectancy compared to those laid 20 years ago. Tarmac is short for ‘tarmacadam’ and should not be confused with the brand of the same name. Essentially, it’s glued together with the biproducts of the oil refinery process.

However, modern day technologies focused on making the oil refining industry more efficient have made it possible to extract more goodness from the biproducts. This means the sludge left over is barely fit for use, and what ends up sold to asphalt mixing plants for tarmac production makes it less durable than it used to be.

Tarmac driveways suffer from weathering and oxidation brought about by ‘surface travelling’, also known as progressive disintegration, which leaves the tarmac prone to cracking.

Additionally, should your tarmac driveway require a repair, it would be impossible to simply blend in a patch job. In some cases, the entire driveway may need resurfacing.

Are there alternatives to a tarmac drive?

If you’re looking to emulate the smoothness of a tarmac driveway, but want a more durable and attractive finish, a resin driveway may be the solution.

Resin driveways come in a range of colours and choices of aggregate, are fully SUDS compliant meaning you don’t need planning permission for them, and most importantly – they have a longer lifespan than tarmac.

If you’re willing to go the extra mile for aesthetic reasons, you may want to consider block paving for your driveway. A popular choice in the UK since the 1980’s, block paving is a versatile choice for your driveway, coming in hundreds of styles, colours, arrangements, and price points.

Other options include:

  • Concrete
  • Gravel
  • Paving stones
  • Cement
  • Slabs and flagstones

What are the main benefits of a tarmac drive?

Tarmac driveways are easy to install compared to other types of driveway surfacing. Though of course it’s advisable to dig out your driveway and install a sub-base before laying your tarmac, in some cases it may be possible to simply apply the tarmac to an existing surface. It’s a hot liquid and can be easily levelled.

Tarmac is a cheaper choice per square metre than other surface options, whilst lasting just as long by comparison.

When choosing a tarmac driveway, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that black isn’t the only colour you can choose! Many surfacing companies will offer a range of tarmac colours, and some may be able to provide a border in a contrasting shade around the perimeter of your driveway for a striking effect.

Maintaining tarmac may require a little more attention than other surfaces, but it’s easy to do. Should you start to see scratches or marks in your tarmac, you may be able to have another layer of tarmac laid directly over the top to give the appearance of a brand-new driveway. However, tarmac is typically very durable, and easily holds the weight of heavy vehicles

Will I need planning permission for a tarmac drive?

If the tarmac you choose is made from a porous asphalt, you won’t need planning permission to lay it. If it isn’t, as long as you can prove there is sufficient drainage off the tarmac (for example, into a lawn, gutter, or border) you won’t need to apply for planning permission either.

However, if you choose to lay impermeable tarmac over an area more than five square metres, which doesn’t drain into a permeable area, planning permission will be necessary.

Who can I buy a tarmac drive from?

Surfacing and driveway companies in the UK have, unfortunately, gained a bad reputation over the years.

There are hundreds of different tradespeople who will be able to offer you a relatively cheap tarmac driveway, but how can you be sure that you’re being quoted the right price for the work?

In addition, when choosing a tarmac surfacing company, you want to know they’re using high quality materials and doing a good job – worst case scenario is your new tarmac drive cracks a week after it’s been laid.

Using the Tradesmen Quotes form at the top of this page, you can get 3-4 competitive quotes from reliable surfacing companies local to you. Making sure you choose a trusted company can be difficult, so we’d like to give you peace of mind that everyone we work with for quotes has been thoroughly vetted and checked.

After all, when a tarmac drive is laid well, it can be a fantastic investment.

Should my tarmac drive layer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

The Tarmac brand offers a list of accredited tarmac surfacing companies registered with them, but it will put the price up.

However, you may be able to find genuine tarmacadam installers in your local area who aren’t Tarmac (the company) affiliated. The best way to ensure their credibility is to ask them about their experience, what exactly they offer, and whether they have insurance.

Before I get a tarmac drive laid, what should I ask a potential layer?

Because there are always going to be ‘cowboy’ companies vying for your custom, you should ask potential installers a few questions regarding the job at hand.

Contractors who only offer overlays should be avoided. If you find a tarmacadam installer who lays roads as well as driveways, they may be a better choice.

You could evaluate them by asking the following questions:

  • Will any damage be covered by my insurance or yours?
  • Are you going to use heavy machinery? What is the weight of this machinery and will my existing driveway be able to cope with it?
  • Is my new tarmac driveway covered by warranty against erosion or fading?
  • Do you have public liability insurance in place?
  • Has your company ever had claims made against you?

If the company you’re looking to go with doesn’t have public liability and other damages insurance, walk away.

How long does it take to lay a tarmac drive?

Depending on whether your driveway is a new tarmac installation or a resurfacing job, the time taken to complete the work will vary.

For a new tarmac driveway, the steps taken will be as follows:

  • Excavation/Removal of current surface
  • Laying of geo-membrane which prevents weed growth
  • Laying of edging on sand and cement base
  • Laying of sub-grade base
  • Binding course tarmac laying
  • Binding course tarmac compaction
  • Surface course tarmac laying
  • Surface course tarmac compaction and final touches

Often, a 30-metre square tarmac driveway can be dug out, installed, and laid in 3-4 days. You’ll need to leave it to cool for a while before driving over it, regardless of whether it’s a full job or a simple resurfacing.

The tarmac itself is laid quickly because it needs to be rolled whilst still hot, so a resurfacing job will take significantly less time than a driveway required excavation and sub-grade base layers.

Ask your contractor how long they think you’ll need to wait before driving over your new tarmac driveway. This will likely depend on your vehicle, the weather, and which type of tarmacadam has been used.

Why should I get tarmac drive quotes from Tradesmen Prices?

The driveway industry is unfortunately home to many ‘rogue’ traders who operate without proper public liability insurance and offer work at ‘great prices’ – often, they’ll use budget materials, and do a less than satisfactory job.

This can make finding reputable surfacing companies difficult, and if you’ve never had your driveway done before, you might not know of any local companies who can give you great results at competitive prices.

Using the Tradesmen Prices form below will give you 3-4 quotes for your tarmac driveway from genuine contractors from your local area. We’ve checked their history and credentials, so you can experience peace of mind.

You can use the quotes to compare against ones you’ve already received, meaning you’ll be more likely to get a better price for the same high standard tarmac driveway.

Loft Conversion Cost Guide for 2018

If you’re pushed for space, or if your family is starting to outgrow your home, you may want to consider a loft conversion.

For properties with largely unused loft space available, conversions can provide that extra bit of breathing space you may be needing.

More UK residents than ever are converting their lofts into spare bedrooms, children’s playrooms, and even bathrooms. Because they are legally required to include skylights or windows, they can be transformed from dirty storage attics to attractive, open plan rooms full of natural light.

Loft conversions can be completed by a single specialist company or by several individual contractors, meaning the cost will vary. The price will also change depending on the type of conversion you’re looking at as well as the extent of the project – are you looking for a fully plumbed, wired and decorated living space with ensuite facilities, or a simple plastered and painted workroom?

You can use the Tradesmen Prices form just below to get 3-4 loft conversion cost quotes from local companies and tradesmen. They’re credibility checked and vetted for you, so you don’t need to worry about ‘cowboy’ builders operating unlicensed on your property.

Loft conversion types

There are several options for converting your loft, and because conversions are now legally required to include windows, the design choices centre around which style of window you want installed. The different types range broadly in price, so it’s important to consider your maximum budget when considering which type you’ll be going for.

  • Velux
    This is the cheapest option. Up to two windows are installed in the roof of your home to introduce natural light.
  • Dormer
    This is the most popular style of loft conversion in Britain. It is a smaller extension with a flat roof and window, commonly installed in pairs to preserve symmetry of the house.
  • Side/L-shaped Dormer
    These are Dormers with an extension added either to the back or side. They can result in a huge increase in floorspace.
  • Hip to Gable
    Used when either one or both ends of a roof are sloping. A gable wall is fitted as a replacement.
  • Mansard
    This is the most expensive loft conversion option and involves extending one side of your roof. This creates a new wall which is straight plus a new flat roof, which can sometimes be applied to both sides to create a new storey. This type of extension requires planning permission.

Loft Conversion Cost

Loft conversion costs depend mainly on two factors:

  • The size of the project, and,
  • Where you live.

Though loft conversions generally increase the value of a property, how much any potential increase could be is governed by where you are in the country. Space is hugely expensive in the South so a loft conversion there would add more value to a property than it would in the North.

Loft conversions can cost between £20,000 at the bottom end and £40,000+ at the top end. A conversion in a small house in rural England may cost £16,000, while the same job would cost a London resident upwards of £30,000.

You’ll often find that when quoted for a loft conversion, surfaces and fittings aren’t included. That’s because the bulk of work being completed is on the floor, windows, and roof.

Before considering a loft conversion, make sure your home will meet current eligibility criteria, so you don’t find yourself building illegally. As long as your loft has a height of 2.4m+ (approx. 8ft), it’s eligible for conversion.

Loft Conversion Cost FAQ

What are the main benefits of a loft conversion?

The main benefits of a loft conversion are as follows:

  • They won’t always require planning permission – compare this to an extension, which will always require planning permission before it is built.
  • The project can often be turned around in 6-8 weeks, making them a speedy development perfect for if you can’t sustain the upheaval an extension build would cause over a few months.
  • Moving and upgrading can often cost up to £100,000, nearly three times the cost of a basic loft conversion which would give you the extra living space you need.
  • It could cost you £27,000 but add an eventual £60,000 value when you put the house on the market.

What are the disadvantages of a loft conversion?

Though loft conversions are generally investments that make a return for homeowners when they come to sell their properties, they do have their drawbacks.

A single storey extension is less complicated, and typically priced at only around £10,000 more than a loft conversion. If you have the budget for one, a single storey extension will add far more value to any property than a loft conversion would.

Another issue that a loft conversion could introduce is the loss of storage space, surprisingly! If you currently use your loft as a place for storing everything you can’t find a place for in the house elsewhere, you may find that conversion into a living space means your garage or shed will now be cluttered with the old things you’d been hoarding in the attic.

Are there alternatives to a loft conversion?

If you can afford it, you may wish to have a single storey extension built instead of a loft conversion.

This is especially worthwhile if you don’t need an extra bedroom or bathroom, but would rather benefit from increased kitchen or living area space.

Similarly, if you have a garage that you rarely use, you may want to consider converting it into another room on the ground floor. This will be significantly less expensive than building a new extension or converting your loft, especially if your garage goes largely unused and has a solid, insulated structure.

Will I need planning permission for a loft conversion?

Typically, a standard Velux or double Dormer loft conversion on a normal home will not require planning permission.

However, a Mansard will always require planning permission as they change the look of the property and can sometimes impede the view from other houses in the surrounding area. The rules state that planning permission is necessary if the conversion:

  • Is to a higher level than the roof of the property, and/or, will block the view of your neighbours.
  • If either of these points are highlighted as an issue, local planner officials from the council will share this with your neighbours, and they’ll have 21 days to submit an objection.
  • Similarly, if your house has listed status, you’ll be unlikely to be permitted development rights, though it’s always best to check with the local planning department.

Who can I buy a loft conversion from?

There are hundreds of companies across the UK who will be able to convert your loft, but it can be confusing trying to find the best quality of work for the lowest price available.

Bigger companies are subject to expensive overheads and higher running costs that smaller companies or individual contractors don’t have to pay for. That’s why it can be beneficial to access quotes from local tradespeople though Tradesmen Prices. Fill in the form at the top of this page to receive 3-4 loft conversion estimates from trusted and reliable contractors.

Should the people who convert my loft be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Converting a loft is not a job for just one companies – it’s lots of trusted tradesmen working together. You’ll need to hire several different types of worker to ensure your loft conversion is completed to the highest standard possible.

  • Builder
    They’ll cover building the walls and checking soundness of the structure. Builders are responsible for insulating your loft and effective sound proofing. They should have some sort of insurance coverage.
  • Glazier
    A glazier will determine the type of windows you’ll need and install them. They should be a member of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).
  • Electrician
    They will make sure your new loft conversion has lighting, sockets, and safe wiring installed. If they’re not on the Registered Competent Person Scheme, don’t use them. NICEIC accreditation is always good. Ask for BS7671 test certificate on completion – this keeps the people in Building Regulations happy.
  • Heating Engineer
    No loft conversion in the UK is complete without heating! A heating engineer will be able to help you decide where to place a heater or radiator and will advise you to install solar panels, depending on your budget and the size of your extension. They should be APHC accredited or similar.
  • Plumbing specialist
    If you’re looking to add an ensuite into your loft conversion, you’ll need a CIPHE accredited (or similar) plumber to do the job for you.
  • Joiner
    Increased traffic may warrant stronger ceiling joists. Additionally, storage in your loft conversion could pose a few problems due to the sloped walls. A joiner will be able to help find a solution to these problems. They could be BWF accredited, or similar.
  • Plasterer
    Will smooth out new walls. Plasterers may be British Gypsum accredited, or simply have a good reputation.
  • Scaffolder
    You’ll need scaffolding if you choose larger extensions like a Mansard or a Hip to Gable. This is because the roof will require temporary support. Your scaffolding company may be NASC accredited or similar.

How long does it take to convert a loft?

Depending on the extent of the work taking place, converting a loft can take between two weeks and two months.

The Mansard will take the longest time as it requires the most work. Dormers tend to take around 5 weeks and a double Velux ought to be completed in about a month.

The time taken on the project will also depend on who is building it. If you’re using a specialist company, they’ll be able to bring in their different workers in line with their own schedule. Using a variety of individual contractors could leave gaps between stages of work.

Before I get a loft conversion, what should I ask a potential contractor?

If you’re trusting the construction of your loft conversion wholly to a local builder or company, they should be more than able to manage and oversee the entire project.

There are, of course, matters of individual responsibility that need addressing before work begins. You may wish to ask your contractor:

  • Who will organise a skip for waste disposal?
  • Who will submit paperwork to the Local Council?
  • Who will be organising subcontracted workers such as plumbers and electricians?
  • How long will the work take to complete?
  • Can I see proof of your accreditation and relevant qualifications?

If you choose to hire a specialist firm to do the job instead, they’ll be able to complete the job in-house though you may find there’s an increase on the overall price tag. This is because, as an established larger business, their tradesmen will be full-time employees paid regardless of whether there is any work for them. Smaller companies tend to use trusted tradesmen on loft conversions and they only need to pay them for the hours worked.

However, they should still be able to provide you with answers to any queries you may have.

Why should I get loft conversion quotes through Tradesmen Prices?

By choosing to get loft conversion quotes through Tradesmen Prices, you can experience peace of mind that the people who convert your loft are trusted and honest contractors.

They’ll quote you competitive rates and may offer advice on how you can get the most out of your conversion project.

Fill in the form below to receive 3-4 loft conversion cost quotes from local tradespeople, which you can use to compare against others you may already have. This will give you a greater chance of securing a lower overall price, as with more than one company or tradesperson vying for your custom, they may be more inclined to lower your quote as an incentive.

New Kitchen Cost Guide

Having a new kitchen fitted is a big investment. But a great kitchen can make a house a home and turn your kitchen from a room you cook meals into a room for family and friends to socialise in. Better still, a new kitchen almost always adds real value to your property.

A quick internet search for ‘new kitchen’ will bring up various companies all vying for your attention by offering deals on new kitchen fit outs.

And do you want to go the common route of pre-fabricated cabinets and trimmings or pay more for customisable, bespoke designs?

Either way, the cost of a new kitchen can seem significant at first, as even the most budget options will set you back a few thousand pounds.

The size, layout, and desired appearance of your kitchen are all factors which will cause the price to vary, and if you’re looking at designer brands and appliances, it’ll likely cost a bit more.

On average, the cost of a new kitchen in the UK will sit around the £7,000 mark, including stripping out the old one, materials, labour, and additional expenses.

If you’re looking for local tradesmen to fit your kitchen, consider using the Tradesmen Prices form at the bottom of this page for 3-4 quotes from reliable and local kitchen fitters. You can compare these with quotes you’ve already received in order to make sure you choose the company or tradesperson best suited to the requirements of your new kitchen renovation.

New Kitchen Cost

Renovating your existing kitchen takes a lot of time and effort and the labour charges associated with the job will reflect this.

When you hire a kitchen fitter, they may not be qualified to carry out wiring or plumbing work and so they will subcontract or work with an associated electrician and plumber. This will increase labour costs as there will be additional profit margins for each tradesman. However, because the kitchen fitting company will have a long-standing relationship with these tradesmen, it’s likely to be cheaper than hiring each worker individually.

A sole-trader-run, independent kitchen fitting business may quote you upwards of £2,000 for labour alone, but the price breakdown in the example below will explain why.

New Kitchen Cost Example

Project Spec: Average sized kitchen, 2 weeks’ work completed by local kitchen fitter including: stripping and disposing of existing kitchen, removal of existing flooring, plastering, rerouting wires and pipes, tiling floor, installing kitchen units, appliances, and worktops, and brick tiling and painting.

Workers needed and wages per day:

  • Kitchen fitter – £120 – £180
  • Plumber – around £120
  • Electrician – around £200
  • Plasterer with assistant – £200 to £200

In this case, the plasterer and plumber may only be needed for three days out of the two weeks, meaning their total wages come to around £550. The electrician may be needed at various stages throughout the project with their wage totalling a sum of around £900. The kitchen fitter himself will likely take home around £1,000+ for two weeks’ work.

Add onto this the typical average of £4,000+ for your chosen materials and units, and you’ll see the price start to move towards the £7,000 national average we mentioned earlier.

This example is based on prices quoted by a local kitchen fitter outside of the capital so if you live in the South, expect labour costs to be higher. You may be able to save money by stripping your existing kitchen yourself as many kitchen fitters will quote based on installation only.

New Kitchen Cost FAQ

Why would someone want a new kitchen?

A new kitchen will modernise one of the most important areas of your home and potentially add value to your property.

As long as you budget effectively, the range of options you can select when designing your new kitchen can be seemingly endless. You can choose to go pre-fabricated, custom, or a mix of the two, and the broad variety of materials available allow you to put your personal touch onto the project.

Additionally, choosing to work with a local kitchen fitter to complete your renovation project means you may benefit from competitive pricing, without compromising on high standard work. You can use the Tradesmen Prices form at the top of this page to access 3-4 kitchen fitting quotes tailored to you, provided by trusted contractors in your area.

What are the disadvantages of a new kitchen?

The main disadvantage of a new kitchen is, of course, the cost. It’s a significant investment that can easily get out of hand unless you manage your budget effectively.

You may also find that by fitting an entire new kitchen, you’re spending money you don’t need to. Sometimes, just replacing certain features of your existing kitchen can have a transformative effect.

Are there alternatives to a new kitchen?

If your kitchen is in need of renovation but your budget simply won’t stretch as far as a full strip and re-installation, you may wish to consider replacing parts of your existing kitchen with their newer counterparts.

The price of labour for replacing worktops in your kitchen can range between £200 and £450, not including the worktops themselves. If you have a small kitchen, you may be able to find discount materials as cut-offs at a builders’ supply merchants. It’s worth asking potential kitchen fitters if they can find this sort of thing out for you because, if you order through them, you may get a reduction in price.

Sometimes, changing the cabinet doors in your kitchen is all it takes to get the place looking modern and refreshed. Labour for this can range between £100 and £300, depending on who you hire, and as before, it may be possible to find second hand or ex-display materials to fit your kitchen with at a lower price.

Updating the floor of a kitchen – especially if the existing flooring is old linoleum or tiles – can have a significant impact on its appearance. You may be surprised to find that the price of hard-wearing, wood or tile effect linoleum suitable for kitchen flooring can cost from as little as £25 per square metre! 

What are the main benefits of a new kitchen?

Not only will a new kitchen modernise your home, but it will provide an opportunity to deal with any old and faulty wiring or plumbing problems you may be experiencing.

A certified plumber or electrician may be able to replumb or rewire your kitchen to fit newer, more efficient appliances while ensuring safety within the room. Since 2008, it is a legal requirement to have a Residual Current Device (RCD) in your kitchen. Having one installed as part of your kitchen renovation project will save costs later down the line.

Who can I buy a new kitchen from?

Most homeowners in the UK choose pre-fabricated kitchen designs when doing up their kitchens. These are, of course, cheaper than having bespoke cabinets made and they are also more readily available.

Having a budget before you start kitchen shopping is important as there are hundreds of companies out there offering tempting additions to your new kitchen that may push up the end price to more than you initially realised.

Using the Tradesmen Prices form at the top of this page will get you in touch with 3-4 local kitchen fitters offering you competitive estimates. Using a local kitchen fitter will save you money more often than not, as they can negotiate unit prices at a tradesperson’s rate and you don’t have to pay the costly overheads that come with being part of a larger company.

Should my kitchen fitter be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

A kitchen fitter does not require any qualifications to carry out their work, but it’s likely you’ll want to check their history and experience levels. If they’re working for a company, check to see if they’re British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) registered.

Additionally, a kitchen fitter will often subcontract or work with an associated plumber and electrician. The plumber should be Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) accredited, and the electrician may be NICEIC certified. You can check the statuses of your potential plumbers and electricians by entering their details into the relevant websites.

Before I get a new kitchen fitted, what should I ask a potential installer?

Having a kitchen fitted is a big decision and it will cause disruption for a little while. So it’s only natural that you’ll want your kitchen fitter to ease any concerns you may have regarding the work taking place.

You may wish to ask them the following questions:

  • How long will the work take?
  • Will I need to vacate the premises at any point?
  • Can I see your cost/wage estimate sheets?
  • Do you or your subcontracted associates have the relevant certifications to carry out this work?
  • How long have you been in the industry?

A genuine kitchen fitter should be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and they may be interested in suggesting improvements to your design to save you both money, should you ask them to.

How long does it take to install a new kitchen?

Depending on the extent of your kitchen renovation project, the time taken to complete it will vary.

As a rule, for an average sized kitchen requiring stripping out, rewiring and replumbing, installation, and redecoration, you should allow around two weeks for the work to be completed.

Though many of the individual jobs involved in fitting a kitchen – namely, stripping out the old units, rewiring, and installing new cabinets – may take no more than two or three days each, you may need to consider time for plastering as this can take up to a week to dry.

Of course, an extremely large kitchen renovation could take much longer depending on what is being done to it. Are you considering getting rid of the old flooring? Will a painter and decorator be adding the final touches? Are the kitchen units pre-fabricated, or will you be hiring an on-site carpenter to construct bespoke cabinets?

Not only do you have to take into account the length of time these jobs will take but also the schedules of the tradespeople. If the contractors you choose are particularly busy, you may be waiting a day or two in between stages of work.

Why should I get new kitchen installation quotes from Tradesmen Prices?

Because kitchen prices can vary so widely, you may find yourself confused with the broad range of quotes and estimates given to you by various kitchen fitters. It’s best to get as many quotes as possible so you can compare them against each other whilst providing an incentive to each fitter to bring their prices down to secure your custom.

Knowing whether you’re being overquoted is a complication many people want to avoid especially if they have no prior knowledge of how much a kitchen should cost.

Industry leading retailers may quote up to £4,000 to fit a kitchen without plastering, flooring, or tiles. An independent fitter would be able to quote between £1,500 and £2,000 for the same plus plastering, tiling, and flooring dependant on the needs of the customer.

Using the Tradesmen Prices form below will give you 3-4 competitive quotes from local kitchen fitters, which you can choose to pursue or compare with estimates you’ve already received. When we look for your quotes, we make sure that the tradespeople we work with are thoroughly vetted, and that whoever they subcontract is qualified to carry out their relevant jobs.

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Loft conversion cost

If you’re pushed for space, or if your family is starting to outgrow your home, you may want to consider a loft conversion.

For properties with largely unused loft space available, conversions can provide that extra bit of breathing space you may be needing.

More UK residents than ever are converting their lofts into spare bedrooms, children’s playrooms, and even bathrooms. Because they are legally required to include skylights or windows, they can be transformed from dirty storage attics to attractive, open plan rooms full of natural light.

Loft conversions can be completed by a single specialist company or by several individual contractors, meaning the cost will vary. The price will also change depending on the type of conversion you’re looking at as well as the extent of the project – are you looking for a fully plumbed, wired and decorated living space with ensuite facilities, or a simple plastered and painted workroom?

You can use the Tradesmen Prices form just below to get 3-4 loft conversion cost quotes from local companies and tradesmen. They’re credibility checked and vetted for you, so you don’t need to worry about ‘cowboy’ builders operating unlicensed on your property.

Loft conversion types

There are several options for converting your loft, and because conversions are now legally required to include windows, the design choices centre around which style of window you want installed. The different types range broadly in price, so it’s important to consider your maximum budget when considering which type you’ll be going for.

  • Velux
    This is the cheapest option. Up to two windows are installed in the roof of your home to introduce natural light.
  • Dormer
    This is the most popular style of loft conversion in Britain. It is a smaller extension with a flat roof and window, commonly installed in pairs to preserve symmetry of the house.
  • Side/L-shaped Dormer
    These are Dormers with an extension added either to the back or side. They can result in a huge increase in floorspace.
  • Hip to Gable
    Used when either one or both ends of a roof are sloping. A gable wall is fitted as a replacement.
  • Mansard
    This is the most expensive loft conversion option and involves extending one side of your roof. This creates a new wall which is straight plus a new flat roof, which can sometimes be applied to both sides to create a new storey. This type of extension requires planning permission.

Skip Hire Prices: Don’t Pay Too Much

Whether you’re renovating your house, or simply clearing out junk, hiring a skip is an easy alternative to making multiple trips to the dump and back.

As long as you’re able to fill the skip yourself, the disposal and removal of waste is covered by the skip hire company. This means there’s no need to worry about how you’re going to get rid of that old bathtub or the mound of rubble left over from a recent development.

What can’t I put in a skip?

Skips are pretty universal waste disposal options in that they’ll take most types of waste, including rubble, concrete, garden waste, and cardboard.

However, there are a few specific items you can’t use a skip to get rid of. They are:

  • A/C units (air conditioning)
  • Asbestos
  • Medical/clinical waste such as syringes
  • Electrical equipment and appliances
  • TVs and computer screens
  • Fridges and freezers,
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Batteries
  • Gas canisters/gas bottles
  • Dangerous or noxious materials
  • Oil, petrol, diesel and any other liquids
  • Plasterboard
  • Tyres

Failure to comply with these guidelines will likely result in the skip hire company asking you to remove the prohibited waste from the skip before they start the removal process.

This can also occur if you over-fill your skip. Skips cannot be filled above a defined point. If the skip company arrives to collect your skip and they find it’s overfilled, they may ask you to pay more or request that you dispose the additional waste yourself.

To get a quote from 3-4 local reputable skip hire firms, please fill in the form below. This service is free and there’s no obligation.

How much does it cost to hire a skip?

The price of a skip depends on its size. Skip volume is measured in cubic yards, of which one cubic yard is roughly equivalent to how big two standard tumble dryers are.

The skips you see most often are ‘builders’ skips’, which can have either a volume of six or eight cubic yards. Since the two are often called the same thing, it’s worth checking with your skip hire company to make sure you’re discussing the same ‘builders’ skip’.

Often, people over or underestimate the skip volume they need, which either results in paying for wasted space, or having to make trips to the dump to get rid of excess waste.

Skip hire costs vary depending on size, what you’re getting rid of, and where in the country you are. The following prices are averages.

  • Mini Skip
  • 4 cubic yards, will hold around 40 and 45 household rubbish bags
  • 30m long x 1.30m wide, around a metre high
  • Price: between £90 and £130 for a week’s hire. Higher in London.
  • Medium Skip
  • 8 cubic yards, will hold around 80 and 90 household rubbish bags
  • 66 long x 1.68m wide, around 1.22m high
  • Price: between £200 and £250 for a week’s hire. Up to £275 in London.
  • Large Skip
  • 12 cubic yards, will hold around 125 and 135 household rubbish bags
  • 7m long x 1.78m wide, around 1.68m high
  • Price: between £250 and £340 for a week’s hire. Up to £387 in London, though costs vary widely.

Skip Hire Prices FAQ

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a skip?

Hiring a skip is a great way to get rid of large, bulky waste or rubbish you don’t want to put in your car and take to the dump. They’re cost-effective if you only need them for a week or two and often if you want to extend your hire period, there will only be a small fee of just a few pounds for each additional day.

In the ‘tip versus skip’ debate, it’s worth noting that a lot of the waste disposed of in skips is dirty, sharp, or dusty. Because of this, using a skip is preferable to transporting it to the tip in your car which may become dirty or damaged due to the waste.

However, if you underestimate the size of your skip, you may have to pay for another one, and if you overestimate, you’ll be paying money for what is essentially thin air.

Will I need a parking permit for a skip hire?

Unless your skip is delivered to private land (or a driveway), it will be placed on the roadside – this requires a permit.

You can apply for a skip permit on the government’s website but be aware that the cost will vary depending on your local authority. In Manchester, a permit to hire a skip could cost around £15 on a residential street, whereas a similar street in Glasgow would warrant a price of £51, and Surrey Council may charge as much as £70.

Failure to obtain and display a valid permit will result in a fine so it’s best to plan ahead and include the price of a permit in your skip hire budget.

Are there alternatives to hiring a skip?

You may find that, actually, hiring a skip isn’t necessary to get rid of the waste you need to dispose of. House clearance specialists drive up business by removing ‘junk’ from houses and selling it on – they may even be willing to do this for free, as they’ll be making a profit.

It may be worth looking into local clearance firms, as they tend to remove materials, furniture and other items away, often free of charge.

In conclusion – only hire a skip if you’re sure you need one. Though they make bulky waste disposal far easier, you may save a significant sum by either disposing of the rubbish yourself or enlisting the help of a clearance company. 

Who can I hire a skip from?

The UK is home to hundreds of skip hire companies, and they’re all going to be charging similar prices – but even so, it’s worth comparing a few quotes.

Because the removal of a skip involves a lorry, manpower, and time, the running costs of a skip hire business will be higher than that of a painting and decorating outfit, for example. In fact, a quick internet search for the expression ‘skip hire’ will bring up companies advertising nationwide skip hire services – they often subcontract out to smaller companies to secure as many customers as possible.

Still, you may be able to secure a reduction in price by comparing quotes from local skip hire companies, which you can access by filling in the Tradesmen Prices form at the bottom of this page.

Should my skip hire company be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

To avoid hiring a skip from a ‘rouge’ skip hire company, you should check to see that the skip hire company is licensed for their line of business.

You can do this by requesting the number of their waste carrying licence. Once you have it, go to the Environment Agency’s English website, or the Scottish one. On the site that is right for you, check to see if that number is still registered. Searching this should mean you can view the skip hire trading style (what they call themselves) and when their licence runs out. If neither of those appear, don’t use that company.

Tradesmen Prices will only offer you quotes from licensed skip hire companies, so by using the form at the top of this page, you won’t need to worry about their credibility.

You may also want to check they’re properly insured (particularly for public liability). This means you can claim money back from their insurer if they accidentally damage part of your property.

Why should I get skip hire quotes from Tradesmen Prices?

Hiring a skip involves negotiating delivery and removal times, permit applications, size, and hire period. When choosing a company to hire a skip from, you want to make sure they’re the right business to share your custom with.

Are they known for sticking to deadlines and having good customer service? Have you heard reports of them leaving skips in awkward places?

Using the Tradesmen Prices form below, you can apply for 3-4 skip hire quotes from trusted, reliable skip hire companies. We’ve checked their history and credentials, so you can have peace of mind that they’ll remove your waste quickly and dispose of it responsibly.

Asbestos Removal Cost

How much does asbestos removal cost? Well, this depends entirely on how much you need removing. Asbestos is commonly found in:

  • Roofing
  • Insulation (boards, cavity wall, attic)
  • Walls (cement)
  • Flooring
  • Gutters and Pipes

If the asbestos is in good condition and in a non-risky area, it’s more cost-effective to leave it where it is and make sure it’s not disturbed.

Cost of Removing Asbestos Step-by-Step

Are there alternatives to asbestos removal? The price of asbestos removal, or however you choose to deal with it, will change depending on what is being removed and also on the quantity.

To determine this, you will need to undertake an Asbestos Survey. Here are the steps to Asbestos Removal.

Identify the Asbestos

First, you need to know where the asbestos is, how much there is, and what risk it poses. The recommended way to find out this information is to use a qualified and experience surveyor. This information is needed for the surveyor to advice you on your next course of action. A basic materials appraisal will cost upwards of £50, and a full survey of the whole area is likely to set you back more than £200.

The surveyor will decide whether you take first or second option below as your next step.

  • (Option 1) Asbestos Encapsulation
    If the surveyor decides encapsulation is a safe option for your asbestos, they will apply an adhesive which has protective qualities. You’ll pay £8m2 for this.(Option 2) Asbestos Removal
    If option 1 is not suitable, the surveyor will recommend the complete removal of all asbestos. This must be performed by licenced professionals, and costs around £50+ per square metre to remove. Make sure you get competitive asbestos removal quotes from verified companies by completing the form at the top of this page.
  • Re-boarding
    Once the asbestos is gone, you may need to have large areas re-boarded, finished, and re-decorated. A quote of around £400+ for this service would be reasonable.

Average Cost of Asbestos Removal

Asbestos removal costs will vary, depending on what needs to be removed.

A water tank in your home, for example, may cost you £200 – removal and disposal inclusive. However, a larger area like a garage could cost £2,500+ for removal and disposal.

The cost of asbestos removal can be high, but it’s a worthwhile investment – your home will be free of toxic materials. If you’re raising a family, it’s too important for health reasons to not do anything.

Asbestos Removal Cost Help

If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to afford the cost of Asbestos Removal, get in touch with your local authorities to request reduced rates or see if they have any schemes in place to make payment easier.

Even if you’re unsure, it’s worth getting in touch – the following councils provide help with asbestos removal:

  • Essex County Council
    This council will remove up to forty kilograms of asbestos cement at no charge.
  • Bedford Council
    They charge £206 for eight sheets, £260 for twelve, and £300 for sixteen.
  • York Council
    Reduced rate service for gutter, roofing, pipe, and cement asbestos removal. For £95, they will extract two hundred kilograms of asbestos.
  • Richmond upon Thames Council
    For £44, they will pull out up to two hundred kilograms.

As you can see, savings can be made if you get in touch with your local council as they’ll be just as eager to get rid of the asbestos as you are.

The professionals working for them will have all the relevant accreditations and qualifications, too, meaning you can have peace of mind that the asbestos removal and disposal is taking place safely.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and was used commercially for over 150 years. Its fibrous structure made it great at insulation and fireproofing and it is still found in most buildings built before the year 2000, including offices, schools, factories, hospitals, and even homes.

Nowadays, asbestos must be monitored carefully if it is found in an building that people live or work in. If you find asbestos in your home and it is not damaged or disturbed in a way that is producing dust, the current advice is to leave it alone. This is the ideal situation as the cost of removing asbestos can be relatively high.

Since it’s only dangerous once it gets into the air, asbestos-based materials must be removed and disposed of once they start producing dust, which can be a result of either wear and tear, or disturbance.

Risks of Asbestos

Asbestos is highly dangerous. Because the fibres in it are so small, they can cause serious illness and even death when inhaled.

The three primary diseases associated with asbestos exposure are:

  • Asbestosis
    This is a chronic, non-cancerous respiratory disease. Asbestos fibres are inhaled and irritate the lungs, causing the tissue to scar. It is untreatable and causes shortness of breath and pain when breathing. Asbestosis can be fatal in its later stages.
  • Lung Cancer
    Because asbestos is a carcinogen, many deaths related to it are due to lung cancer. Those who also are exposed to other carcinogens as well as asbestos (cigarette smoke, for example) are around 90 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those who have neither been exposed to asbestos nor smoked.
  • Mesothelioma
    This is a rare form of cancer often occurring in the thin membrane lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen, and – in rare cases – the heart. Cases of Mesothelioma are virtually all linked to continued asbestos exposure.

Asbestos exposure is untreatable which is why removing it or reducing exposure as much as possible is so important in order to maintain health and safe living environments.

To remove asbestos, you need to employ a professional to carry out the work. Fill in the form below and we’ll arrange for you to receive three quotes from local and qualified asbestos removal companies.

Types of asbestos

In the UK, there are three commonly used types of asbestos that can be found in buildings and materials all over the country. They became popular due to their insulating properties and their ability to add strength to various common building materials.

  • Crocidolite
    This fibre is widely known as ‘blue asbestos’ and was banned voluntarily in the UK in 1970. Crocidolite fibres are very short and spikey, meaning they tend to puncture the lung lining and become very difficult to exhale. Because of this, it is considered the most dangerous type of commercially used asbestos.
    Commonly found in: sprayed-on insulation, thermal insulation (pipe lagging), loose-fill insulation, asbestos-woven textiles (e.g. gaskets), and cement sheeting.
  • Amosite
    This type of asbestos is typically known as ‘brown asbestos’ and was voluntarily banned from the UK in 1890. Its fibres are course and strong.
    Commonly found in: rigid asbestos insulation boards (AIBs).
  • Chrysotile
    This is the most common form of asbestos, contributing for over 90% of all commercially used asbestos in building materials. In terms of fibre shape, it is far easier to exhale which is why it wasn’t banned completely in the UK until 1999.
    Commonly found in: most asbestos based building materials

Asbestos Removal UK FAQ 

Why would someone want asbestos removed?

There are several benefits to asbestos removal. Living in an asbestos-free property means you won’t have to worry about accidentally disturbing dormant asbestos and risking your health or the health of those around you.

Additionally, replacing asbestos materials with newer, risk-free materials will mean your home is built to modern standards and meets current building regulations. 

What are the disadvantages of asbestos removal?

Disturbing safe asbestos can lead to unwanted costs – as you will now know, it can cost more than £50 per square metre to remove asbestos from a property.
Make sure if you’re having asbestos removed from your property that you take advantage of any council schemes – whether subsidiary or payment plan – available to you. 

What are the main benefits of asbestos removal?

In addition to making your home safer, having asbestos materials removed and replaced with modern, safer ones can add value to your property and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

It is your legal responsibility to disclose to a buyer if your property contains asbestos. This could mean a buyer could be less likely to purchase the property. If you’re looking to sell your home at some point in the future, it’s worth looking into asbestos removal as a means to add worth to your property and to increase interest in it.

Who can undertake asbestos removal/stripping for me?

Do not attempt to remove asbestos yourself.

Though there are guides online for DIY asbestos removal which explain how best to protect yourself but the handling and disposal of the materials must be carried out by a licensed professional.

There are many local companies (who may work for your local council) who will be able to survey, remove, and dispose of any asbestos you may have in your home. Prices may vary depending on the size of the company, and the extent of the removal to be carried out.

You can compare 3-4 competitive quotes from local asbestos removal companies using the form at the top of this page.

Should my asbestos removal expert be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Though it can be tempting to hire tradesmen coming in at the cheapest price to carry out the asbestos removal, doing so can expose your home and anyone inside it to a significant risk.

The company you choose should have the following accreditations:

  • BOHS P402 Standard
  • HSE Licensed
  • Hazardous Waste Carriers Licence (this is if they transport the asbestos away from your home)
  • They get samples assessed by a laboratory accredited by UKAS

How long does it take to have asbestos removed?

There are a number of factors in the asbestos removal process that may affect the timescale of the operation. These include:

  • Vacating the property
    If the property is a hazardous, it may need to be vacated prior to the removal effort. This is the safest option and should be taken into consideration when determining timeframe.
  • Quantity and Type of Asbestos to be removed
    Small amounts of asbestos may be removed in under 48 hours, while larger amounts may mean the removal operation will take longer in order to adhere to all safety standards.
  • Abatement Periods
    The most important part of the asbestos removal process is the abatement period i.e. the period of time after the removal that the property is left to ensure it’s safe. This will be decided by the asbestos removal experts.
  • Air Testing
    Before allowing people back into the property, an asbestos removal team must test the air quality. This is to minimise risk of airborne asbestos fibres. A safe level of air quality is less than 0.02 fibres per cubic centimetre of air. It is recommended to allow an independent testing company to conduct this task, to ensure no hazardous fibres remain in the property.

As you can see, the timeframe of your asbestos removal project will depend on several factors. For a specific estimate, ask your contractor.

Before I get asbestos removed, what should I ask a potential asbestos removal expert?

Whoever you contract to carry out your asbestos removal, they should be able to ease your concerns surrounding the topic and answer any questions.

You could consider asking them:

  • Do you have the appropriate accreditation and registrations to work with asbestos?
  • Have you worked on a similar project before? How long did it take?
  • How long do you think the abatement period will be?
  • What should I do if I discover remaining asbestos after the removal takes place?

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has strict guidelines and rules covering work done with asbestos. If you want, you could ask your contractor to explain parts of the website you find difficult to understand, so they can give you peace of mind.

Why should I get asbestos removal quotes from Tradesmen Prices?

Using the Tradesmen Prices form below will give you 3-4 quotes from reliable, local asbestos removal companies who will be able to carry out asbestos removal in your home.

Because there are lots of companies in the asbestos removal sector, they will compete for your custom. Letting them know you’ve received lower quotes elsewhere may bring the price down and you won’t have to worry about hiring unqualified workers – Tradesmen Prices only work with genuine, credential-checked tradespeople. Please use the form at the top of the page.