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Question DetailsAsked on 8/21/2013

How much does it cost to install an Egress Window in a basement? Who provides these services?

We need to install an egress window in our finished basement. There is a bedroom down there and it makes me nervous that there is no fire exit. I'm wondering where to go to find this service. I know I can buy the window from a window manufacture, but this job would include cutting concrete, digging out and framing the window. Plus, there is the risk of water leakage, so I'm want to find someone who can do this job right. Does anyone have any idea how much this would cost, or what sort of company / contractor does this kind of work? Thanks

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window) then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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