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Question DetailsAsked on 7/8/2017

Cost for labor for installing a door frame on the outside of a regular door

I bought the frame and had someone remove the old one and put the new one up, Need to know approximate cost of labor for this installation

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You say you bought the frame and had someone take the old one down and put new one up - so sounds like the door (with frame) is already in place ? So does it need to be removed and reinstalled because the job was poorly done or what ?Or are you asking after the fact because you think it cost too much ?

Or do you perhaps mean door is in but did not come with trim/brickmold on the outside or you have recessed doors so you need someone to put up the brickmold or exterior trim ?

For door unit (door and frame) removal and reinstall for normal exterior door, commonly $150-250 range depending on whether interior and/or exterior trim has to be removed to do that.

If you mean just install brick molding or exterior trim (so leaving the current door and frame untouched) then probably $250 to maybe $350 range depending on type of finish selected (staining more because more time working on the job to allow drying between coats), but including the materials and paint/stain. Perhaps as low as $150 range by a handyman for simple brickmod using preprimed material so just needs a coat of finish paint after it is up.
This trim job would otherwise best be done (with new trim) by priming or sealing and field fitting the trim, then taking it to his shop to complete the finishing, then install and caulk. Or probably about $150-200 to install if you are going to handle the finishing.

If you need interior trim (to cover the edge of the frame and the gap between that and the interior wall) also probably about half again to the above cost if done at same time.

Note these are ROUGH numbers - so much depends on the specific installation, how much ripping and fitting is required if a recessed as opposed to surface flush or surface mounted door frame, type of finish (staining takes longer/more work than painting), whether using hardwood or common softwood trim, etc.

Don't forget, if the door sill area was not properly weathersealed/trimmed out and caulked that will need to be done as part of the job too - though may require removing the existing threshold if proper ice and water shield and caulking was not done as the door frame was installed.

Normal contractor for this - Carpenter - Woodworking, or Handyman.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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