Q. My home doesn’t have an outside water faucet. What’s the approximate cost to have one installed?
A. First, consider taking one more look around the outside of your home and double-check you don’t have an exterior water faucet or spigot.
Most homes should have at least one, if not two outdoor water faucets. Consider checking your local building code.
But even residents who already have faucets outside their homes often consider adding more. Additional faucets let you water the lawn and garden while washing your car simultaneously. More faucets also save you from having to run a hose from one end of your home to the other.
Plumbers we spoke with say installing a new outdoor faucet can cost $300 to $450, depending on the contractor and the difficulty to connect the faucet with your existing water line.
The time and effort it takes to install the exterior faucet depends on whether you have a crawlspace or basement. Some plumbers work faster in crawlspaces, others in unfinished basements. Either way, if they have easy access to the water line they’ll be able to work faster, which can mean a lower price.
The job becomes more complicated if you have a finished basement, because the plumber has to work around more obstacles to access the water line. The plumber may have to cut through the ceiling or walls, so you might need to hire a separate contractor to patch the holes.
Also, ask your plumber about the best possible spot to install the new faucet.
If you’ve preselected a location far from the water line, it’ll take the plumber longer to complete the install, which raises the job price.
If you don’t want to pay an additional $150 to $300 for a plumber to repair the outdoor faucet, remove the hose at the end of the summer. Otherwise, water that hasn’t drained can cause the spigot to freeze.
This is a common oversight, especially among first-time homeowners.