At that price, don't slam it! Replacing a front door dilema
April 11, 2014 5:33 AM Subscribe
I had a big box retailer quote on installing (and furnishing) a basic Craftsman style replacement single exterior door for my 90 year old house. They sell similar doors in the store for around $300-$350. The estimate to have it installed, including the cost of the door, removing the existing door and casing, new sill, trim, cost to install the lockset (but not including the cost of the lockset itself) came to $1700. I don't believe they built in anything extra to account for the age and crookedness of the house, which will mean more time spent shimming etc. Would I be better off having a general handyman do the install, or is there special equipment or expertise needed for working with the vinyl casing/trim etc I'm not aware of? Given the cost of the materials, maybe $400, this seems kind of high to me. I'm thinking 2 guys, max 2-3 hours work. What don't I know?