DIY vs hiring a pro: Which is better?
When you buy new appliances through a home improvement or furniture store, the installation is often included in the price. If that’s not the case, then you should plan on hiring a licensed pro to make sure that your new appliances are properly installed. Unless you’re an expert in dealing with appliances, you should not attempt a DIY.
Keep in mind that any incorrect appliance installation can void the warranty – leaving you with appliance repair costs amounting to $200 on average. It can also cause damage to your kitchen or home due to overloaded circuits or improperly installed ductwork.
Furthermore, faulty water lines can lead to flooding – meaning expensive water damage repair bills. It’s always a wise decision to hire a professional installer and follow all the safety tips for appliances.
Before you hire a contractor to help you with the appliance installation, it’s best to get an estimate on how much the project will cost you.
What are the common types of kitchen appliances?
As mentioned above, the installation costs vary according to appliance type. Each kitchen appliance comes with its own considerations. Here’s a list of some of the most common kitchen appliances with their average costs.
||Average Appliance Price
||$400 to $3,000
||$150 to $250
||$200 to $500
||$120 to $200
||$450 to $700
||$200 to $500
|Stove and range
||$600 to $2,000
||$100 to $200
||$200 to $3,000
||$350 to $600
Let’s further break down these costs below.
Dishwasher installation costs
The actual cost depends on whether it’s a new installation or a replacement. If you’re replacing your old dishwasher, the installation will probably require only minor adjustments. These could include modifying countertops, wiring or plumbing. The total labor costs for such a remodeling runs between $150 and $480, with most homeowners paying around $300.
If you’re getting a new dishwasher installed, the costs could run between $175 and $530 for labor. The reason is that the installation may involve new wiring, plumbing, a dedicated circuit, a water line and other customizations.
Refrigerator installations typically range from $150 to $250. A refrigerator, especially one without an automatic ice maker, is easy enough to install. You only need to worry about fitting your new appliance in the designated area and ensuring that the plug is compatible with your electric outlet.
If you opt for a refrigerator model with an integrated water dispenser and ice maker, you'll need to factor in a water line hookup, too. Such an installation will cost you around $150. A built-in fridge installation will cost you approximately $300.
You’ll probably also need to pay an additional cost for customizing your cabinetry. That amount could be $500 to $1,200 per linear foot.
Stove, range hood and oven costs
Stove, range and oven installations cost $100 to $200 on average. The price is significantly more if you switch from one type to another. For example moving from an electric stove to a gas one will cost you anywhere between $280 and $800. Keep in mind that installing a cooktop or oven may require countertop or cabinet alterations in your kitchen.
When it comes to electric stoves, you can expect to pay between $100 and $200 for labor alone. You also need to budget in $50 to $100 per hour for an electrician if the installation requires any electrical adjustments.
A typical oven installation ranges between $100 and $300 if you choose to place it in the existing location. Any retrofitting will require altering your countertop and cabinetry, and will cost you extra. Most combo units cost between $3,000 and $5,000.
When it comes to range hood installation costs, you can expect to pay $250 to $600. Wall units as well as island hoods range from $200 to $3,000. Of course, high-end appliances can cost as much as $7,000. Labor charges are generally $85 per hour.
Microwave installation costs
Before choosing a microwave, give some thought to where you will want to place it. If you intend to set it on a counter, you don’t have to worry much about the size. If you plan to mount it over your stove, however, you must ensure that the microwave you choose fits into the space you have.
Over-the-range microwave installations cost $100 to $200. Installation of ductwork will be an additional $200 or more.
Other kitchen appliances
Apart from the appliances above, you’ll also need a few more kitchen appliances. Some of these include:
- Kitchen exhaust fans: The installation costs $250 to $550.
- Washer and dryer: The setting up costs $50 to $1200.
- Smart home appliances cost 20% to 50% more than their regular counterparts.
Why should you estimate the cost of your appliance replacement or installation?
There could be many reasons why home dwellers contemplate appliance replacement or upgrading to a better model. It could be as simple as wanting to buy an appliance that’s large enough to satisfy the needs of a growing family or wanting more energy-efficient appliances
As you buy new appliances to update your home or replace defunct units with those with more advanced features, you need to know how much of an investment you require for this home renovation. Estimating the cost of appliance installation is easier when you know which factors to consider.
An estimate will help you organize your home improvement project and effectively manage costs.
Acquiring a free estimate will help you create a realistic budget – getting you quality work at a fair price. It’s also the best way to ensure that you don’t stumble across any unwelcome surprises during the execution of your project.
How does Kukun’s appliance installation cost estimator help you?
Getting an estimate through Kukun’s appliance installation cost estimator is easy. Just follow the steps below to get your personalized total remodel cost in minutes!
1. Select the type of finish from these options:
2. Enter your property details
Enter the full address to also get the return on investment (ROI)/recoup value of your house or just your zip code to get the renovation cost estimate.
And there you go – an estimate for your appliance installation cost is ready!
With this free estimate, you can analyze your finance options or hire a professional to get started on the work right away.
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