The cost of a kitchen sink installation (farmhouse or otherwise) will vary depending on a number of factors including where you live and the size and type of sink being installed. The purpose of this article is to give you a ballpark cost so that you have some idea of what to expect and aren’t blindsided by the cost associated with your new sink.
On average you can expect to pay anywhere from $248-$500 nationally.
Factors that affect cost:
- Type of sink
- How your plumber charges (hourly or by the job)
- The average cost in your area
- Whether or not you have an old sink removed or other items like faucets installed at additional cost
Type of Sink: Drop In versus Undermount
Undermount sinks don’t necessarily cost more to install than their drop-in counterparts. However, weight does have an impact on the cost of installation and generally speaking the undermount sinks are heavier.
Farmhouse sinks generally cost more to install than other types of sinks, due to their weight. These sinks can weigh over 100 pounds, while other types - like stainless steel drop-in sinks - will only weigh a fraction of that.
How Your Plumber Charges
Whether your plumber gives a flat rate or charges by the hour can also affect the cost of installing your sink.
Even if you have a sink that takes 20 mins to install but your plumber charges by the hour, you will still end up paying for the remaining 40 minutes of the hour. Conversely, if you are given a flat rate predicated on work that doesn’t end up being necessary and your plumber doesn’t adjust the cost at the end of the project you could also end up overpaying.
If you are paying by the hour, expect the installation to take between 2 and 3 hours assuming everything goes according to plan.
Cost Where You Live
This is the wild card. The following are a handful of examples of cost to install sinks in specific cities across the country, but you will want to price plumbing work in your own town in order to have a better sense of the cost of your project.
- Manhattan, NY zip code 10021- $1,034-$2,198
- Orange County CA zip code 92857- $889-$1,889
- Miami Fl zip code 33101- $806-$1,712
- Austin TX zip code 73301- $805-$1,710
My town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia proved quite a bit cheaper coming in at $294.59-$417.47 which just goes to show that this list is far from exhaustive. Be sure and price a number of companies in your area.
Bells and Whistles
Lastly, keep in mind that “bells and whistles” like garbage disposals and spray nozzles may increase the cost of your installation as well as removal and disposal of your old sink and faucets.
Again, this is a good question for the plumbing company you go with.
Asking for an itemized list of charges will help reduce surprise expenses.
Hopefully this has been helpful in giving you an idea of what goes into the cost of installing a sink as well as giving a smattering of examples and some broad guidelines to serve as a starting point in what to expect to pay.
If you need help deciding on which farmhouse sink is most ideal for your situation, take a look at the farmhouse sinks we recommend here.
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Molly is a mom of two, DIY enthusiast, real estate investor, and a fan of modern kitchen decor.