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Homeowners need to consider many things, and one of the most important is the safety and stability of the building in which they live. One area in which many accidents occur, and which could have been avoided, is on staircases. When these become too worn out to be simply repaired, they must be replaced. For this discussion, we will look at the costs and requirements of installing a straight staircase leading to a basement area.
According to HomeTips.com, a set of straight stairs will cost roughly $1,000 to $2,000. This figure uses a set of pre-built wooden stairs along with a custom-made hand rail as a base price indicator. Since basement stairs are rarely decorative, this project will not include newel posts, balusters or platforms. Additionally, because basement stairs are not as heavily used as standard interior stairways, they can be made from softer materials such as pine, but many homeowners prefer to rely on hardwoods such as oak in order to get a longer lifespan out of the structure.
Is this a DIY project? The simplicity of a set of pre-built stairs makes it a good choice for the fan of DIY work, but it usually requires at least one additional person to get the job done. The average time span required to assemble and mount a basement staircase by a professional carpenter or experienced homeowner is two to eight hours, and the only tools necessary are usually hammers, a level, and a powerful drill. Because it is simple to make dangerous mistakes with leveling or mounting, however, many people will instead opt to hire a pair of carpenters to install their pre-made stairs.
The average costs and materials associated with this project include:
Cost to install a basement staircase varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from stair contractors in your city.