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General cost of trimming (casing) windows

Posted by brian7972ri (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 4, 08 at 10:24

Hi, we have a relatively new colonial with no window casings. We have about 7 double windows and 2 smaller windows (bathroom). All we want is simple mitered casing with a stool and skirt below the stool. I will prime and paint myself.

Can anyone give me an idea of what we should anticipate for cost of this project from an experienced trimworker? I know labor prices value widely from region to region, so I recognize that this request is somewhat unscientific. I just don't know whether we're looking at $50 per window or $125. (We're in New England).


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RE: General cost of trimming (casing) windows

Even "New England" doesn't mean much, as you could be in some depressed rural backwater or an upscale Boston suburb. In the best case scenario (inexpensive materials and a cheap handyman) I doubt the price would be lower than your $50 suggestion, and the $125 is entirely believable too. The casing and sill for a typical double-hung window could consume somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 linear feet of stock, at a buck-and-change per foot for pine, plus labor. There's also the question of whether the jambs of your windows are flush with the drywall; jamb extensions, if necessary, would require additional material and labor. There's no shortcut to a meaningful number here; you'll have to get some quotes.

RE: General cost of trimming (casing) windows

Thanks Jon, we have someone coming out for a quote this week, and I wasn't even sure what ballpark he might be in (hence the post). You're right, though, there are too many variables to arrive at even a good ballpark, I guess. We'll see what he quotes us and I'll report back for a reality check.

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