Ready to spruce up your kitchen? A new sink and faucet is a great place to start. But before you start shopping, you probably want to know how much it will cost.
The cost to install a new kitchen sink and faucet in Michigan will cost you anywhere from $300 to $1,000, with an average cost of about $700.
The price can vary depending on several factors such as:
- The sink style
- The sink material
- The type of faucet
In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at each of these factors and how they can impact the cost to have your kitchen sink and faucet installed.
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Cost factor #1: The sink style
Kitchen sinks have several styles you can choose from. Each style can vary in price and will impact the cost of installation.
The most common kitchen sink styles include:
- Drop-in sinks (Least expensive) - Drop-in sinks are easily lowered into the designated space in your countertop. The lip (or rim) of the sink extends so that it rests on the counter and carries the weight of the sink.
- Undermount sinks (Mid-priced) - Undermount sinks are installed from the bottom, with the sink’s top edge below the countertop. The absence of the extended lip creates a bit more open space on the countertop.
- Farmhouse/apron sinks (Most expensive) - Much like undermount sinks, farmhouse sinks usually sit below the countertop, but also have a wide front panel (apron) that extends slightly from the surrounding counter. Farmhouse sinks are also the heaviest and deepest.
Cost factor #2: The sink material
The material of the sink can impact the cost of the installation as well. Higher-quality material will typically cost more.
Some of the more common sink materials include:
- Acrylic - This sink material is the least expensive and least durable option. The lightweight/delicate nature of the material makes acrylic sinks more susceptible to damage.
- Stainless steel - One of the most popular and affordable materials for kitchen sinks today, homeowners choose stainless steel because of its durability, longevity, and cost-effectiveness.
- Granite composite - Offering exceptional durability and scratch resistance, granite composite sinks are still affordable but are more expensive than stainless steel and acrylic sinks.
- Cast iron - Known for their incredible durability, cast iron sinks are mid-priced and extremely heavy. The heavy material is typically coated with a porcelain/enamel finish.
- Fireclay - This material is far the most durable and expensive option available. You'll often see fireclay sinks in a farmhouse style with an exposed apron.
Cost factor #3: The type of faucet
After you’ve chosen your sink, it’s time to pair the sink with a faucet. The specific type of faucet you choose can affect the cost of the installation as well.
Below are some of the most popular types of faucets:
- Single-handle - These are the most common and least expensive faucets available. Single-handle faucets use one lever that can be moved from left to right to release water and regulate temperature.
- Dual-handle - Known for their simplicity and affordability, dual-handle faucets come with two levers. One lever delivers hot water and the other lever gives you cold water.
- Pull-out - Pull-out faucets are a mid-priced option that features a detachable spray head, which can extend out of the faucet using a hose. The flexible design makes it easier to rinse dishes or clean hard-to-reach areas of the sink.
- Pull-down - Pull-down faucets are similar to pull-out faucets but with a different design. This type of faucet has a head that only looks down, but can also extend for more accurate rinsing.
- Hands-free/motion-detect - The most expensive option is a hands-free faucet, which uses motion sensors to turn the faucets on or off with just a wave of your hand. Some hands-free faucets also allow you to adjust the temperature by using a lever at the base.
Cost factor #4: Labor
Once you’ve chosen your sink and faucet, you’ll have to consider the cost of labor as well.
The two main factors that can affect labor costs are:
- The time needed/difficulty of the job
- The plumber you hire
The time needed/difficulty of the job
Typically, the more difficult and time consuming it is for the plumber to install your sink and faucet, the more expensive the total cost will be.
Some situations/factors that can increase the time and difficulty of the installation include:
- Removing the old sink
- Replacing or adjusting the drain line
- Extending or repositioning the water line
- Adding or repositioning the garbage disposal
The plumber you hire
The plumber you hire can directly impact the overall cost of your installation.
More experienced plumbers will often charge more, but they usually offer higher quality installations, which can save you money in the long run.
Lower quality contractors will frequently charge you less for the installation of your new sink and faucet. But, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a plumber who charges less and actually does the job right the first time.
How do you go about finding a quality plumber? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do they have a valid license and insurance? You can find out if a plumber is licensed and insured by looking at their Better Business Bureau (BBB) profile. If they are accredited by the BBB, it means that they have a valid license and insurance.
- Do they have credible online reviews? Check popular sites like Google, Facebook, and the Better Business Bureau.
- Are they transparent about pricing? If the company provides you with an upfront, written estimate on the cost to install your kitchen sink and faucet, you are protected from any hidden costs or surprises later on.
If you’ve found a plumber who checks all of these boxes, chances are you’ll have a quality installation and experience overall.
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