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Based on 1,018,073 cost profiles



Based on 1,018,073 cost profiles

Costs mentioned are determined by quotes received for plumber requests on Oneflare and should only be used as a guide.

We rarely recognise the value of a plumber until something goes wrong. Plumbing experts can be the difference between an unpleasant cold shower or a warm, heated water system. In the midst of a plumbing crisis, it can be difficult knowing if the price you're paying is reasonable. Whether it's a bursting pipe, an unflushable toilet or a faucet that needs an upgrade, the sooner you can connect with the right expert to attend to your plumbing needs, the smoother the outcome. While the final cost of a service can depend on many factors, comparing quotes can give you an idea of what to expect when you hire a plumber.

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Setting a budget for your plumbing

Plumbers offer a variety of services and the quote you receive depends on the type of service. Services generally fall under instalation, replacement or maintenance. Knowing the cost differential of each service can save you hundreds when it comes to setting your budget.

Other factors affecting the cost of your job

Some plumbers may charge a call-out fee on top of an hourly rate but keep in mind that the cheapest price isn’t always the best quote. Take into consideration the licence, insurance and ABN details of the business and compare a reviews to find the right connection. Some other factors to consider when it comes to choosing your plumber.

General plumbing

Experts can help with a mix of maintenance, repair, and installation of in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. General plumbers ensure drains function as they should and that bathrooms are waterproofed. In the laundry, plumbers can help with the installation of taps or the maintenance of washing machines.

Gas fitting or hot water services

Plumbing is a skilled trade, requiring a certificate or a completed apprenticeship. Some plumbers can specialise in the installation and maintenance of gas fittings or hot water systems but further licences may be required for specific tasks, so always check an expert’s qualifications beforehand.

Emergency plumbing

Some plumbers offer emergency help at any time of any day but may charge an additional call out fee. This will help you to feel at ease and know that someone will be there to help you when you need it. While it may be tempting to save time with a little DIY, there is a legal limit to the plumbing and gasfitting work you can do without a licence. For complex repairs, the work is best left to qualified experts.

Outside of the home

From gutter repairs to the installation of rainwater tanks, some plumbers can help with any plumbing or pipe relocations outside your home.

Get accurate quotes

Improve accuracy of quotes by including the following information:

  • Any site limitations or constraints
  • Is it an emergency job?
  • As much detail in describing the job as possible

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*This is an average price only and doesn't include materials. Your job may receive different quotes.

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How to hire a Plumber

Include relevant information

To receive the most accurate quote when a job is posted, it's important to include as much information as possible. Some quotes received may include materials or it may not, and it's essential to specify whether you're supplying the materials needed to complete the job when you submit the request.

Timing is important

While most of the time you want your plumber to arrive on time for the job, be mindful that you have to be on time too. If you leave the plumber waiting around for you, it's likely you will get charged for that amount of time.

Verified businesses

It is also important to note that choosing the cheapest quote isn't always the best. Check their profile on Oneflare to see if they're verified; This means they have provided their ABN and relevant insurance.

Check for reviews

Check for positive reviews from past customers or even photos of past work. It's important to hire someone you think will do a good job as you don't want them having to return after to fix the problem again.


It is also important to note that choosing the cheapest quote isn't always the best.

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