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Question DetailsAsked on 3/25/2014

cost to install baseboard moulding

Material already purchased. Need to install 166 linear feet.

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Depends of course on exact material, working conditions, how clean the work area has to be kept, etc.

Probably around $2-4/LF depending on complexity and number of cuts - backcut miters (on "outside" corners that stick out into the room as opposed to normal recessed room corners), tie-ins with door trim, and stairs push you toward the upper range. Just straight hall and bedroom base molding you might get in the $1-2/LF range installation cost - ditto for vinyl strip molding. Upper end also if nail holes are to be filled and finished - which these days is normally only done for high-end homes and sometimes visually eye-level exposed areas like stairs. If you want that specify it in the contract, but can up to double your installed cost.

Do it yourself cost - about $30-50 for hand nailing and sawing including nails, hand saw and coping saw and miter box, or $100-150 range for small power miter saw and coping saw (for backcut miters). Not tough to do - just learn how to do corners where they will not be seen, always use shortest (but long enough) available scrap for short pieces, remember whether you need to measure and mark on front or back of molding for miters, tape before cutting to reduce splintering, and cut so teeth are entering the "show" or good side.

Above costs assume molding you have is pre-finished - if not, then another $1-2.50/LF depending on if painted/clear coated (low end) or stained then clear coated (close to $2) or multi-build "Deep Finish" clear finish/varnish (higher end).

A Finish Carpenter is you man for the job - or some painters will install and finish also, but be sure they know whatthey are doingif you want good appearance. Handyman will also do it for maybe half the cost, but quality is totally dependent on his level of care and experience.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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