Last updated 9th April, 2020
All you need to know about moving an external door, including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
An external door located in an awkward position can be a constant source of irritation which causes a number of problems. Therefore, it may be necessary to relocate the door to a more suitable position that better meets your needs. If you are thinking about moving your external door, read this useful guide to learn about what you can expect if you decide to relocate an exterior door.
Sometimes there is one thing that prevents the design of your home being perfect. Moving an external door can be the perfect solution to a cumbersome side entrance or badly positioned door. A relocated door can completely transform the look and feel of your home, improving access, the amount of light and how you can use the space.
Moving an external door to a better location can also be the perfect opportunity to increase the value of your home, as you make both the exterior and interior design of your home more appealing as a result of the work.
To move an external door, the existing door will need to be removed, ensuring that any important structural joists are left intact. The space left will then need to be blocked up.
A fresh hole will need to be made for the new location of the door, again ensuring that any work steers clear of important structural joints. New studs will need to be put in to create the frame for the door, then finally your new door will be put in place.
During the work to relocate your external door, you are likely to need brickwork replaced, the area re-plastered and more. So you may well find yourself hiring a plasterer, decorator and even an electrician if there is wiring in the way. These additional hires will affect your overall price, so don’t forget to budget for them too.
It is possible that moving an external door may require planning permission, so you will need to contact your local council before you commence any work. This is a job that you may consider carrying out yourself, however without the correct knowledge and expertise you could cause your home and yourself serious damage, so this may be a task to leave to the professionals.
Relocating a door is a good opportunity to update the style of your door, however, it is useful to bear in mind that if you keep the new door the same size as the previous one, it will help to ensure that the job remains straightforward and is completed on time. Extra time spent making adjustments will cause you to incur further expenses, so it is worth thinking about how you can keep things on track during the planning stages.
Within the walls you may find that there is wiring or pipework that will also need to be relocated as part of the renovation, this work will make the task more complex and involve additional tradesmen such as an electrician or plumber, which will increase your final costs.
The average cost of moving an external door is around £1000 - £3000, dependant on the location of the door and the amount of work involved.
While relocating the external door you should consider replacing it for a new one if it's in a poor condition. You’re going to be matching the hole up with your current door but it may be cost-effective to get a new door if you’re going to be replacing it relatively soon anyway. If your door is an awkward size or shape it may add extra costs which would be averted by using a new door.
You must also consider how much the project will cost overall. You may need painting or decorating work to restore the area where the door previously was. It's possible that you may need to account for the costs of diverting power or water supplies.
Your builder will usually work at a cost of around £150 per day.
Below are some estimated prices for hiring a builder to move an external door:
|Relocating the same door in another part of the property||£1500-£2200||1-2 days|
|Install new uPVC external door and seal up previous opening||£2000-£2250||1-2 days|
|Install new composite external door and seal up previous opening||£2750-£3000||1-2 days|
|Install new hardwood external door and seal up previous opening||£3000-£3500||1-2 days|
Individual costs of moving an external door - Total Cost: £1900