Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Trim/resize door

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Trim/resize door £40 £80

Whether your door is sticking or you have found the ideal door for your period home that is too large, you will want to call in a professional carpenter to trim or resize it. This will mean that you can keep the door that you want, without the expense of buying a new, solid wooden door for your home. The cost of the job will depend on how much needs taking off the door and how long the door will take to cut and finish. In most cases it will be the bottom of the door that needs trimming.

If a very small amount needs to come off the door then your carpenter will most likely use a plane to shave off a few millimetres. Even smaller adjustments can then be made with sandpaper and a smooth finish achieved. If, however, more than a few millimetres need to be cut off the door for resizing then your carpenter will use a saw on the wood. They will then plane and sand the last few millimetres as needed.

The door may have to be hung again to see how the fit is. The job will often be messy, but a good tradesman will clean up shavings and sawdust after themselves. UPVC or other modern doors can usually be trimmed by just a few millimetres, but it is really not advisable to trim beyond the outer edge of the door. If in doubt then do ask a tradesman expert in dealing with UPVC doors and windows.

Rated People surveyed 83 of our carpenters and joiners across the country to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work on external doors. We also asked about internal doors.

Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact our local carpenters and joiners.


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