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One of the simplest ways to improve the looks of an entry way or living room is to update the staircase. It is also a way to ensure that inhabitants remain safe because stairs that are off level or rundown can easily lead to dangerous falls. When a set of stairs is unattractive or unable to be repaired effectively, it is actually quite affordable to simply replace them.
For this discussion, we will look at the costs and requirements of installing a straight, but decorative, staircase in the central interior area of an average home. This staircase, however, will have a "return" which means that a small platform is included in the schematics and costs.
According to the website HomeTips.com, a set of pre-built, custom stairs will cost at least $2,000, but pricing will climb significantly with the addition of newel posts, railings, balusters, and high-quality woods.
Can the installation of pre-built stairs such as this be considered a DIY project? Realistically, an experienced homeowner could save around $1000 in installation costs by tackling the job on their own, though it is an absolute necessity to have a second person (or even two additional helpers) for such a job as this. Most of the pre-built staircases rely on basic tools such as drills, levels, and hammers for the installation process, but the complexity of a job with a double set of stairs, such as the set discussed here, might benefit from the knowledge of a qualified professional.
This means that the average costs and materials associated with this project would include:
Cost to install an interior staircase varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from stair contractors in your city.