By Gene and Katie Hamilton

In a bathroom, a vanity is usually the largest piece of furniture, so replacing it with a new, improved version goes a long way to change the look of the room. Walk into any bathroom showroom or home center and you’ll find a staggering variety of vanity styles, which usually include the cabinet, sink, countertop and faucet. You can pick and choose the individual elements or buy one that is fully assembled and ready to install.

To install a bathroom vanity a plumber will charge $948, which includes removing an old vanity and replacing it with a good quality 36-inch wide unit. This includes the cabinet, sink, countertop, faucet and the labor to install it. You can buy one for $520 and install it yourself and save 46 percent. That’s assuming you have carpentry and plumbing skills and tools to do the job. Enter your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live.

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You won' have to redecorate the walls if you choose a new vanity that is the same size or larger than the old one. But if it's smaller, count on redecorating because the wall and floor will be exposed.

If you plan to redecorate the walls and floor, the job is more complicated and expensive; however, if you’re replacing just the vanity cabinet, take care when removing it so that you don't damage the walls. The project involves fastening the cabinet to the wall, then securing the countertop and sink to the cabinet and wall, and, finally, hooking up the faucet.

Bathroom vanities are typically 31-1/4-inches high, which is too low for some folks who feel they have to stoop down to use it. One solution is to buy a base kitchen cabinet, usually 34-1/2 inches high, and install it in the bathroom.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to replace a bathroom vanity you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.

Cost updated 2016

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