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Question DetailsAsked on 7/23/2016

How much would it cost to reframe a crooked bedroom door and then install a new door? Crooked frame, no door fits.

Previous owners did frame themselves, it is totally crooked and does not match up with the bedroom door right next to it. Really want regular bedroom doors but it's impossible because the frame.

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The frame is considered part of the door unit - while a square-built standard size frame can have a new door put into it or a bit of trimming on a door to fit, normally a "new door" involves new frame too - it is not structural.

Because you said it is really crooked (meaning the trim is probably crooked too) removing and truing up the frame and trim and putting a new slab door in trimmed to fit would be a possibility, but if really screwed up likely to cost more than a new prehung unit.

Generally, cheaper (since you would be buying a new door anyway) to just buy a pre-hung door - comes preassembled complete with door predrilled for knobset, frame, and installed hinges (and rarely knobset also) and you just "drop it in" to the rough opening and nail it in place, then put trim around it. Assuming here existing threshold (if any) can be reused.

A Door supplier is your Search the List category for this, though may be hard to get one that will come and install just one door ifnot a high-end door. A Carpenter - Woodworking also commonly does door installs and trimout. A Handyman with a bit of experience can also do this - problem with handymen is that unless you already have one who you have confidence in his level of expertise and that he will be honest about whether he is really able to do a specific task well, you don't know if any one out of the List will be good at the specific task you want done.

Cost for new prehung (interior) door starts at about $100 for plain-Jane hollow core fake wood (plastic) covered and on up, with most people going for about the $150-200 wood-veneer plain hollow-core, or the $150-300 range multi-panel doors. Plus typically about $30-100 for trim (from fake or faced particle board trim to true wood. And maybe $15 or so for finishes if unfinished. Plus about $15-40 for new lockset if not reusing existing one. Plus maybe $5-30 for new threshold/transition strip if that was messed up or cut too short too.

Labor typically about 1-2 hours assuming the original people did not screw up the rough opening (which is unlikely), or more like 3-4 hours if you need it finished (most prehung doors come only unfinished, primed for painting, or painted in white), at typically about $30-50/man-hour.

So - prepainted low-end door with prepainted trim might total about $160-200 at the extreme low end in a cheap labor area, to more like $400-600 range complete with a somewhat nicer door including staining and clear coating, or painting, as desired. Of course, go with a really fancy door - solid wood, exotic woods, or inlaid or such, and you can easily get into the thousand or two or more range.

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