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Do you know how much it should cost to hang a door? Many don’t, and it’s costing them.
Whether you need to buy materials to do the job yourself or decide to hire a carpenter to do it for you, it’s important to know what you ought to be paying.
In this guide, we’re going to take you through the pros and cons of hanging a door yourself versus trusting a chippy. We’ll also outline the cost considerations of either option.
Hang the Door Yourself or Go Pro?
If you have a reasonable aptitude for woodwork, time to devote to the project and a measure of patience, you can hang internal doors yourself. The Carpenter’s Daughter (aka Vikkie) chose to do just that, and her handy guide will walk you through the process step-by-step.
As you’ll see in Vikkie’s guide, accurate measurements are crucial if you hang a door yourself, such as ensuring you cut and plane the door to the correct size.
Hanging a door is a job which requires time and concentration, but doesn’t need expert knowhow, so the decision about whether to hang a door yourself or employ a carpenter often comes down to cost.
Cost Considerations When Hanging a Door Yourself
Your main expenditure when hanging a door revolves around the cost of materials and tools. You have to buy the new door itself, plus any associated door furniture like handles and hinges. On top of that, you might have to purchase or borrow some of the following tools if you don’t have them already:
- Circular Saw
- Electric or Hand Planer
- Wood Chisels
- Flat Bit
Depending on how many tools you’ll need to buy, it may be cheaper to find a chippy to undertake the work for you.
Pro Tip: Think about the cost of removing old doors. If you’re replacing a single internal door, you may be able to take it to the tip and dispose of it for free. However, if you have a whole set of doors to get rid of, you might have to hire a skip or pay for their collection – though you could try putting a buyer-collects advert on community websites like Freecycle or Freegle.
How Much Will a Carpenter Charge to Hang a Door in 2020?
You need to think about what the chippy is charging you for, as well as how they’re charging you. Some carpenters charge by the hour for their labour, whereas others will quote an overall price.
Most chippies will expect you to provide (or at least pay for) your new doors separately from the price they quote, though some will be happy to offer an all-inclusive quote that includes the cost of materials.
A typical carpenter is likely to charge somewhere between £20 and £40 per hour for their labour. If you’re having one door installed, a skilled chippy shouldn’t take more than two hours to finish the job – assuming there are no complications.
Where you live in the UK will affect where your job falls within that hourly range. Carpenters in London and the South East cost more than those elsewhere, while added extras can also push up the price of your job – adding glazed panels or replacing lintels, for instance.
Pro Tip: This useful guide to carpentry costs from Which? gives some typical pricing examples.
It’s up to you whether you choose to hang a door yourself or entrust the job to a professional. There are pros and cons, as well as different cost considerations, with either option.
You should now have a good idea of how much it costs to hang a door. However, if you’ve got any more questions, feel free to leave a comment below and start a discussion.