Q: How much would it cost to install a kitchen faucet?
Kelly W., Washington
A: The price of a kitchen faucet installation can vary widely, depending on who you hire and where you live. In your area, expect to pay at least $150. In other parts of the country, the price can range from $114 to $189.
On the surface, installing a new faucet seems like a simple, straightforward job. Plumbers tell us, however, that problems can arise that make the job harder and more expensive.
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One example is rust. The older the faucet, the more likely it will be rusted in place. That may require a plumber to saw a faucet out, or even call for backup – with one plumber working under the sink and the other working above.
The cost of hiring a professional may motivate you to consider replacing a faucet yourself. Only you know if you have the skills to make it worthwhile. Keep in mind, though, that a licensed plumber has special training and expertise. Weigh potential savings against the risk of a leak or other problem.
When hiring a plumber, consider those who have good reviews on a trusted consumer site, and make sure to confirm appropriate licensing, insurance and bonding.
Angie Hicks is founder of www.AngiesList.com, provider of consumer reviews and services. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.