A Look at Kitchen Worktops and How Much They Cost to Replace

Thank you for visiting our website here at Quotation Check and our page about replacement kitchen worktops. How much should you expect to pay a joiner or kitchen fitter to remove the existing worktops and replace them with new ones? What is a reasonable price to pay tradesperson for this type of work?

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Worktops can be easy to remove and replace, and this work is often done “DIY” to save money, but be warned; getting a neat finish in any mitred corners is not as easy as it looks.  Also, if your walls are not straight, then you could end making a real pig’s ear of it!

If you have a built-in oven with gas hobs then, you’ll need an approved Gas Safe engineer or a qualified electrician to remove it before the work and then re-install it after the worktops have been fitted.

Factors that Affect the Price

Worktop from Y&S Ltd

Worktop from Y&S Ltd

Having several mitred corners will bump up the price, as will uneven walls. The cost of the worktops themselves will vary considerably; solid wood will cost around £300 – £400 per 3-metre section. Standard laminate worktops are around £75 for a 3-metre length.

Granite will set you back upwards of £800 per 3 metres but does include custom cutouts for hob and sink. Granite, Corian and Quartz worktops can be pre-cut, so there is no need for your installer to cut a corner section on-site.

Having exposed upstands, rather than butting the worktop up to a wall will also increase the cost considerably.

Expect to pay more if your granite worktop requires lots of polished edgings (see photo as an example)

Cost for a Typical “L” Shaped Section

Worktops in kitchenWe are assuming approx 3.5 metres of worktop with one corner section, one hob and one sink to be cut out. This will be done “by the book” so a gas engineer will disconnect/reconnect the gas cooker/hob. This is a relatively typical installation so should give you an idea of how much the trader will charge you. Quote includes labour, all materials and waste disposal.

Quote 1 – Budget Laminate Worktop from B&Q

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£450.00£600.00
South, SW and Midlands£450.00£500.00
Outer Region and North£350.00£450.00




Quote 2 – Solid Wood Worktop

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£850.00£1050.00
South, SW and Midlands£875.00£950.00
Outer Region and North£750.00£850.00

Quote 3 – Granite Worktop Custom Cuts (one piece)

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£1850.00£2050.00
South, SW and Midlands£1700.00£1800.00
Outer Region and North£1600.00£1600.00

Notes:

Don’t forget we are assuming that reconnecting any gas/electric hobs etc. will be done “by the book”, i.e., by qualified individuals.

Granite has custom cuts for the sink, hob and tap holes, also includes recessed drainer/grooves.

We were unable to source enough quotes from small “one-man” type traders for this type of work. As the granite is custom cut, this is usually done by the same company that installs the product. We don’t believe it would be a good idea to have one person measuring the kitchen, another company cutting the granite and another one installing it. If something should go wrong, you could find yourself in the middle of a merry-go-round with everyone blaming someone else.

For custom pre-cut granite we suggest you find one company that can complete the work from start to finish, that’s from initial measurements through to installation.

How Long Does it Take to Install New Kitchen Worktops?

For a standard kitchen with approx. 3.5 metres of worktops, allow between half a day and a full day. Expect to be quoted for a full days labour rates, though.

Preparation is the key to a successful installation, though, especially with pre-cut granite worktops! Hiccups are usually down to poor finishing on the mitred corner sections or uneven walls.

Variations in Price

As mentioned in other articles on our site, your location is a major factor in how much it costs to replace kitchen worktops, the tradespeople in London charge a lot more than those based in the far north or west of the country.

Also, be wary when researching prices on the internet, during the recession labour prices dropped through the floor as out-of-work joiners and kitchen fitters competed against each other for work that was hard to come by. Information on old web forums is notoriously out of date. Since 2012, labour prices have risen but have now stabilised.

As always, the price will also be affected by the type of trader you get in to do the work, a one-man type of trader who is happy to earn a £25k a year is obviously going to be a lot cheaper than a company with dozens of employees and lots of additional overheads. Traders with a turnover less than £88k don’t need to be registered for VAT either, so their quotes should be cheaper too.

Another factor is how busy your chosen trader/company is. If they are booked solid with work for months ahead, then don’t expect a discount, quite the opposite may be the reality.

Complicated “non-standard” installations may put off your tradesman from offering a competitive quote, he/she may go in at a high price, especially if they are busy with other projects. The same applies to anyone supplying you with a quote, so if your installation is non-standard, tricky or unusual in any way, then you will probably want to get more than the usual three quotes.

How Not to Cut Corners

The most difficult part of any worktop installation is cutting corners neatly. This finish is what differentiates a poor quality DIY job to a high-end installation. DIYers typically use a cheap product such as this at the corners.

If you are paying a qualified tradesperson, then they should spend the time to cut the corners professionally, leaving a more neat finish.

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6 Responses to “A Look at Kitchen Worktops and How Much They Cost to Replace”

  1. JamesApril 2, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    This is a very interesting read and would be very helpful for lots of people looking to buy kitchen worktops. We often find people don’t understand whats involved with installing worktops and what can indeed affect the price.

  2. Susan neaveFebruary 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    There’s more to this job than meets the eye

  3. Susan neaveFebruary 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

    This job is much harder than we had thought worktops fitted are not easy

  4. JanisMay 19, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    Interesting indeed. So the summary about costs: the larger company = higher costs

  5. jimmy macMay 26, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    the part about cutting corners is a load of rubbish, if youre using a chipboard laminate worktop you need to use them to cap off the ends no matter how neat the cut is there will be exposed chipboard at one end.

    • Neily AJune 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

      I think the cutting corners is referring to a joining strip, this can be used to butt the worktops together but looks terrible and unprofessional. The worktops need to be jointed by use of a router and jig then clamped underneath, any visible ends will be covered with a matching laminate strip.

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