This is a question that a lot of home owners have, however, it’s a question that is surprisingly difficult to find with a quick google search for the Toronto specific market.
I know as a consumer its very frustrating to google “How much does it cost for X?” and to click on an article that headlines “How much does it cost for X?” and you click on it, thinking your one question will be answered, and you go through the entire article, only to not have your question answered. Instead, you see “If you want to know more about how much X cost, call us for a free estimate!”
I promise we will not bait you with a headline that sounds like we have the answer to your question, only to not answer your question! If you just want to know: How much does it cost to have a toilet installed in Toronto? Then stop reading, scroll to the bottom of this article and your question will be answered and you don’t have to call us for a free estimate! It’s really not that complicated, and we know how much it costs to just install a toilet in 95% of the cases!
We Want To Bring You More Value
Our goal with this resource section, is really to provide as much value as we possibly can to homeowners and to answer as many of your questions as we can. Since we mostly serve the Toronto market, while serving a few other markets within Ontario, mostly through partnerships, the resources will be created for the Toronto market specifically. We encourage you to ask your question in the comments section, and may use your question for a future article.
These articles are not ghost written by some recent college grad that has no real experience in the industry, these articles are written by the founder of Myprohandy! I have over a decade of experience in the trades industry and grew up around tradespeople, I understand the perspective of the client, trades, and as a small business owner. There is nothing wrong with ghost writing or being a recent college grad, but it’s a little annoying to read an article that to someone in the trades, is very clearly written by someone not with industry knowledge. This is the main reason for writing these articles, because either the information is not readily available or the information is often times not accurate or the full picture.
Although you can just scroll down to the bottom of this article to get your answer, we would still like to add a little more value, and break down what goes into installing a toilet. So let’s get into it!
Cost Of The Actual Toilet
The cost of the actual toilet you pick out, will likely be the largest expense for this project, while you can find much cheaper toilets, we recommend going with a unit that offers some of the following features:
- A toilet that compliments the space well
- A toilet that is a top name brand as this will ensure a long lifespan and decreased repairs over time
- A High Efficiency model (usually around 1.28 Gallons per flush)
- A nice feature to have is the Duel flush option (a lighter flush option, and a heavier flush option)
Our Top 3 Favorite Toilets That Our Customers Absolutely LOVE!
We are going to do an article on the top 10 toilets in Canada in the near future as this is a frequently asked question.
This is an absolutely fantastic toilet that also has many different add-on options.
Price = $700-$800 depending on supplier.
BTW TOTO also has really awesome toilet seats and bidets.
This is a great toilet that has dual flush technology and is priced in the mid-range offering more affordability.
Price = $500-$600 depending on supplier.
This toilet is also a more budget friendly option. While still a great toilet, it is definitely in the more affordable range.
Price = $300-$400 depending on supplier.
Labor Cost To Install Your Stylish New Toilet
We are going to make a few assumptions here, and if you’re like most consumers you’re probably looking for the following characteristics in the person or company you hire for probably anything.
- Knowledgeable and Professional
- Trustworthy and responsible especially if you have a family or pets
- Reliable! You’re busy and don’t have time to be chasing after people
- Dependable! You want to know that the person you hire is actually going to show up
- Responsive! We’ve all been there personally, where we just don’t really want to respond to someone for whatever reason maybe you had a difficult week, and that’s fine we’re only human! However, as a service based business, it’s just not acceptable or respectful of the clients time, to make your customers wait 3 days for a response.
- Licensed, although not always relevant, as many trades don’t even have an option to be licensed or your project may not require a licensed professional.
- Insured, while some people don’t care too much or think about this, it is important, and we will probably get into why it’s important to hire insured companies and individuals in a future article.
While this is not an exhaustive list, its a pretty good start! The last 2 items on the list are pretty easy to get and also to verify (we will do an article on how to vet a service company or individual in a future article, and really dive deep into it). However the first five characteristics or personality traits are a little harder to come by, especially in the trades, and here’s a dominant reason why I think this is the case.
Labor Supply And Demand
Those qualities are in demand in every industry and people with that list of qualities have quite a few career options and the trades are probably not high on the list of career choices for most, its hard, dirty work oftentimes. These factors and many others lead to a relatively low supply of quality trades people out there. That being said, they most certainly do exist, however they are difficult to find and are almost never available!
Now that we have addressed the supply side of things, lets address the demand side…
Everyone wants to work with a knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy, responsible, reliable, dependable, responsive, communicative person or company! Wow! What a tall order!
My point to all this, is that it’s very difficult to find people that fit the bill. Not just as a consumer, but also as a service company looking to hire quality people to represent the company and the brand. This all leads to relatively high labor costs, but you’re not really hiring someone to install a toilet for you. You are really hiring someone that is knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy, responsible, reliable, dependable, responsive, and communicative that also happens to be really good at installing toilets and other things!
Now that we’ve explained why labor costs are relatively high in the current market, let’s break down what labor is actually involved in installing a toilet specifically.
Real World Labor Costs To Install a New Toilet
It all starts with marketing and sales, which really starts with amazing customer service, but we won’t get into that in this article, we will just look at the job flow when it comes to the direct labor costs of the service pro that is going to be installing your new toilet! Although I do want to note, that if you are hiring a one man operation, there is a lot more that goes into every job, and all of that work is done by the same person installing said toilet.
Step 1: Is to make sure you have everything you need, both tools and materials for the upcoming job (usually for a toilet install, this doesn’t really take very much time at all, as usually you just need a few basic tools and a toilet wax seal ring, assuming the customer already has the toilet on site).
Step 2: 15-30 minutes drive time to the site.
Step 3: 5-15 minutes for parking and unloading tools, depending on location and if you are in a house or a condo.
Step 4: 20-30 minutes to uninstall the old toilet, and prep the site for the new toilet. This includes:
- Cutting the existing silicon/caulking
- Water shut off
- Draining the tank and bowl as much as possible
- Unbolting the existing toilet
- Removing the toilet and either bringing it to a customer defined spot or bringing it to the van/truck for later disposal (which also has a cost both disposal and labor).
- Clean up any excess water
- Scrape the old silicone/caulk
- Inspect the flange
- Install new gasket
- Install new toilet bolts
Step 5: 20-30 minutes to install a new toilet. This includes:
- Unboxing the new toilet
- Inspecting for any damage before installation
- Placing the toilet precisely over the seal and aligning it properly
- Securing the toilet down
- Hooking up the new supply line
- Testing for any leaks and ensuring smooth operation
- Installing toilet seat
- Silicone/caulk around base of toilet.
Step 6: 10-20 minutes for site cleanup, invoicing, and client interactions.
Step 7: If the toilet is to be disposed of off site, there are additional costs, such as storage of the old toilet (you don’t really take one or even 5 toilets, if you’re doing 5 toilets that day to the landfill, you store them until you have enough waste to make it worth a trip to the landfill or a pick-up if you hire that out), then of course disposal fees and the labor to facilitate that.
So there you have it, your rough labor time to install a toilet!
Best case scenario: 70 minutes
Most usual scenarios: 125 minutes or just over 2 hours
Average labor costs for a company buying labor in bulk (full-time employee guaranteed 40 hours a week) with basic and mandatory benefits (2 weeks paid vacation, paid lunches, paid breaks, paid training), with labor burden (EI, CPP, WSIB, additional liability, additional insurance, etc.
But if you are hiring top talent and investing in great training, your bulk labor costs are most likely closer to $55/man hour
So your labor costs alone are $90-$110 for a toilet installation because if you are going to run a successful business that will be around for years to come, you never set your pricing based on best case scenarios, you base it on the 2 hours not the 70minutes.
Operating Costs Of a Business
Then you have other variables that you have to pay such as…
- Vehicle repairs/maintenance
- Small supplies and materials
- Warranty work, even if its 1 of every 50 or 100 or 500 jobs, you need to include this, if you are going to offer a warranty, because no matter how great you are as a company, you will have call backs every X number of jobs completed, and you need to service those warranty orders.
- Customer service/support
- Billing/transaction processing expenses
Then you have your fixed overhead costs such as…
- Support staff
- Office/ warehouse lease/rent
- Vehicles and tools purchase/lease or finance
- Owner’s salary (yes the owner gets a salary too lol)
- Marketing, Sales, and Advertising
- Different insurances
- And many other smaller but still significant things
Then you need to pay taxes on revenue…
And you need to have some profit left over to be able to reinvest back into the business and when something inevitably goes wrong…
As you can see, there is a lot behind the scenes and also in front that has to happen in order to get that shiny new toilet installed for you.
Other Things To Consider
These numbers are for a typical installation of a toilet in Toronto and doesn’t take into consideration other factors. Such as:
- A cracked flange that needs to be addressed before installing your new toilet
- A corroded shut-off valve that needs to be replaced
- Difficult to get to location (3-4 flights of narrow stairs, very long distance from available parking and install area, etc.)
- Excessive parking fees
- And many other factors
Summary Of Labor Costs Involved To Install a New Toilet
After reading this over, you should have a pretty good idea what it costs to have a new toilet installed in your home.
The typical cost to install a new toilet in Toronto is between $250 and $350. Keep in mind there are many other factors that can affect this cost and complications could raise the cost to $400+.
Although you can DIY a toilet installation, it really is best to hire a professional to prevent serious damage to your home sometimes in the thousands of dollars.
If you are looking for a great installer for that new toilet of yours, you can book an installation on our site, and we will send out one of our pro installers.
You just choose your preferred date and time, make a deposit payment and we will take care of the rest, also with great communication.