Who to Hire to Install a New Bathroom Vanity and Sink

José R. Mendoza
Written by José R. Mendoza
Updated September 21, 2021
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Replacing a bathroom vanity and sink is the perfect job for a few pros

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Installing a new bathroom vanity and sink is a great way to give your bathroom a fresh look. These new features can add personality, style, and warmth to the room, as well as even add to your home’s value. Luckily, you even have your choice of a few pros to install your bathroom sink and vanity. 

Here are the contractors with the skills and tools to tackle this project for you.

A Handyperson Can Install a Bathroom Vanity and Sink

Given the size of the job, your first choice should be to hire a local handyperson to install a new vanity and sink. These professionals are versatile, often have experience in a wide range of trades—carpentry, plumbing, electricity, and masonry—and are the best fit for this kind of work. 

As an added bonus, if any issues arise during the process, they are a jack of all trades for many home repairs, from fixing bathroom floor tiles to patching damaged walls and more.

A General Contractor May Also Take on Bathroom Installation Projects

As the name suggests, general contractors are generalists. They can perform a variety of work, from big renovations to small ones, including removing and installing a new bathroom vanity and sink. They are also a great fit for top-to-bottom renovations and bringing your dream bathroom vision to life.

But, before you hire, you need to keep in mind that, given the size of this project, you may not be on the top of their priority list. If your budget allows it, you can add a couple more projects like painting the interior of your bathroom and updating the existing entrance door to make it more appealing to a general contractor to take the job.

You Can Consider Hiring a Carpenter to Install a Bathroom Vanity

A carpenter is well qualified to install a vanity since they have the skills and tools to install cabinets. However, not all of them will be able to install a new sink. This part of the project requires some plumbing skills to connect the water and drain lines and work with plumbing fixtures, like bathroom faucets and water shut-off valves. Keep in mind that you may need to hire a plumber as well if you go with this route.

A Plumber Can Install a New Bathroom Sink

It's common knowledge that plumbers can install sinks, but you may wonder if they can also install bathroom vanities. Many times, the answer is yes. However, they will often only do it if the vanity installation is straightforward and does not require much carpentry work. 

Plumbers are experts in pipes, water supplies, bathroom fixture installations, and more. Hiring a plumber is a great option when you need to run new water lines and for a challenging faucet and sink installation. Plus, they can repair any plumbing issues, such as water pressure problems, if they come up. 

Just make sure that if you hire a plumber for both tasks, they are truly comfortable and have the skills to do this work. Otherwise, you will need to hire a carpenter as well.

What Skills are Needed to Install a Bathroom Vanity and Sink?

Modern double bathroom vanity
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Let’s break this one down into the two items that you will need to remove and install.

  • A bathroom vanity is a cabinet that gets attached to a wall and requires someone with carpentry skills to install it.

  • The bathroom sink, on the other hand, is a plumbing fixture that is attached or assembled in or on top of the vanity. The pro you hire will need at least some plumbing skills to install the sink. If new pipes need to be installed, then more advanced plumbing skills will be required.

  • If you’re removing the bathroom vanity and sink first, this is simply a matter of having the proper tools and skills to uninstall them safely.

Tips for Hiring the Best Handyperson to Replace a Bathroom Vanity and Sink

As discussed earlier, a handyperson is the best professional to hire when you need to install a new vanity and sink, given their carpentry and plumbing skills. Here are a few things to take into consideration when looking for a handyperson to hire, or really any pro:

  • Make sure the handyperson you hire has the experience to complete all of the tasks needed to install the new vanity and sink successfully. Ask them about similar projects they’ve completed in the past. 

  • Once you have decided to move forward with your bathroom project, make sure your handyperson has the proper licensing to perform the work. This is especially important when it comes to plumbing, so you will be covered if any issues arise, such as flooding-related damages.

  • Check their online reviews to get a sense for their work and ask for references.

  • Find out if the pro charges a project rate or by the hour.

  • Get a written estimate from two to three pros so you know what the total cost of your project will be in advance.

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