The average cost to install trim molding is $1,320. At the low end, you might pay $200, whereas that price leaps to $5,200 on the high end. Typically, people pay between $600 and $2,000 in trim installation costs. Trim is the woodwork elements that adorn a home’s floor, ceiling, or walls. The right trim can pull together your home’s design elements, from colors to styles. You can choose prefabricated trim, or get something custom-made. Trim is largely decorative but can be used to hide unsightly gaps.
|What you can expect|
|Range per linear foot:||$5.47||$8.24|
|Range for this type of project:||$683||$1,030|
Cost of residential-grade, 1/2"x2-1/4" ready-to-paint MDF casing. Rate is inclusive of local delivery, as well as standard excess for perfect installation and occasional repairs.
Molding Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete installation. Molding will be measured, sized, and finished, with a single miter and coped end per section. Edge gap will be caulked, and nail holes patched and smoothed. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Molding Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including fasteners, connectors, and materials for surface preparation and finishing.
Molding Equipment Allowance
Daily rental of specialty equipment for maximum quality and efficiency. These include pneumatic-finish nailer, 12" compound miter saw, biscuit joiner, and detail sander. Consumable equipment elements not included.
Molding Debris Disposal
Responsible disposal of all project debris, including the cost to load and haul old materials, installation waste, and any other refuse.
Option: Remove Molding
Trim edge will be scored where bonded to adjacent surfaces. Trim will be gently pried away, preserving the integrity of adjacent surfaces, finishes, and hardwork. Trim millwork will be removed from premises.
|cost to install trim molding|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per linear foot||$1.01|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 125 linear foot||$842.84|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 125 linear foot||$672.26 - $1,013.43|
If you want to know “how much do trims cost,” you’ll need to decide what trims you’re installing. Each trim is defined by its location in the home and its practical and aesthetic purpose and comes with different costs.
Quarter Round molding fills gaps between your baseboards and the floors, covering gaps between flooring remodeling work. This is a round trim, one-quarter of a full circle, where it gets its namesake. Quarter round installation costs $0.50 per linear foot on average, with eight feet being the average length.
Shoe molding is used to hide gaps between walls and floors and is usually installed to a taller baseboard. It’s narrow and has flat inward-facing sides and one concave outward-facing side. You’ll often find shoe molding in eight-foot lengths at an average cost of $0.50 per linear foot. It’s somewhat like quarter-round molding in its uses.
Crown molding is often decorative but can also hide gaps between walls, the ceiling, and large cabinets. Crown molding can be elaborate custom affairs or something budget-friendly and basic - the choice is yours. Basic crown molding costs between $2.00 to $3.00 per linear foot, while custom crown molding costs between $8.00 and $10.00 per linear foot.
Base molding is commonly known as baseboards, and its purpose is to hide gaps between the floors and the wall. The baseboard has several finishes and comes in either a fiberboard or wood base. Fiberboard is your cheaper option, averaging $0.60 per linear foot, while wood base averages $1.20 per linear foot.
A chair rail protects the wall from furniture bumping and usually runs three feet above the floor. A picture rail runs along the wall much higher and is an anchor to hang photos. You don’t need to drive nails into the drywall with a picture rail. Both picture and chair rails cost between $1.00 to $2.00 per linear foot.
Wall frames are premade, decorative squares found in high-end homes. These are often painted or wall-papered and typically cost between $8.00 to $25.00 per linear foot.
With most renovations, there’s always more to it than the basic installation cost. This fact remains true with trim molding. Here are the additional costs you might incur when you decide to install new trim:
The cost of a carpenter can range between $65 to $100 per hour. Most full-trim installation projects take roughly six hours to complete, which means you’ll pay between $400 to $650 for a professional.
If you already have trim in your home, you’ll need it removed. Trim molding removal can cost between $0.55 to $1.17 per linear foot. This cost accounts for your carpenter’s due diligence in removing the trim. They’ll prepare the area, pry the trim off the wall without damaging the surface, haul the garbage, and clean the area afterward.
You can find a lot of pre-painted or stained options when you buy trim molding, but those options may not be suitable for your home. Staining or painting trim molding is detail-oriented work that requires time and patience. As it's an intricate job, you can expect to pay between $1 and $4 per linear foot, based on your choices. Baseboards are usually more comprehensive than other trims, and may cost between $1 to $5 per linear foot instead.
Aside from the various types of trim molding, your costs will vary based on materials, styles, and the length you need. Certain trims, such as shoe molding, come in 8-foot lengths. If you need 12 feet of this molding, you’ll have to pay for 16. As with everything — the more you need, the more it costs.
Trim usually comes in basic options, and there’s no shortage. If you’re looking for specific materials, you may choose to get something custom-made. You might do this to have a specific trim style as well, and these custom jobs will affect the cost.
Trim seems somewhat easy to install – after all, you’re just nailing a board to a wall, right? Not exactly, as trim requires significant carpentry experience to do the job well. Experienced carpenters will create smooth runs, tight joints, and exact cuts. One problem that most DIYers find is that most walls aren’t exactly flat. You’ll have to know how to cut your trim to conform to your wall, which takes training. You may be able to save some money by doing the job yourself, but trim installation is a job worthy of a professional.
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