Wood Trim Cost

How much does it cost to install exterior wood trim?

Wood trim is a wood home finishing touch. For this example, we'll look at the cost of a 1500 square foot, two-story house with wood siding that would require 500 linear feet of trim. The cost for this project averages $2500. It is recommended to hire a professional to install exterior wood trim.

Cost breakdown

  • Materials: wood trim averages $2-$3 per linear foot. More detailed trim tends to be more expensive (around $3-$4 per linear foot). The total for this project would be $1000-$1500.
  • Labor: carpenters typically charge $70 per hour and can take one to three days (8-24 labor hours or $560-$1700) to complete the project.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Trim can be painted for an average of $1 per linear foot, creating a total extra cost of $500 for this project.
  • Detailed trim with bevelled edges and patterns can increase the material costs by around 25%.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Removing and disposing old trim can add $200-$400 to your total cost.
  • Old trim that is water damaged or that contains lead 1 paint can be more expensive to remove and replace. Lead 1 painted trim can cost $8-$15 per square foot to contain and fix.
  • Homes with multiple stories or lots of architectural details, such as porches, awnings and uniquely shaped windows, often require more work and can increase the labor time by a day ($560).
  • Installing wood trim at the same time as the home siding can lead to discounted rates. Check with your contractor or carpenter for specific packages.
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Cost to install exterior wood trim varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Acworth, GA
+5%
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Bloomfield, KY
-45%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bothell, WA
-6%
Brewerton, NY
+8%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Broomfield, CO
-6%
Calera, AL
-9%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chebanse, IL
+5%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbia, TN
-29%
Conyers, GA
+9%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Ellenwood, GA
-4%
Fitchburg, MA
+11%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Graham, WA
-1%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Hesperia, CA
-1%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jamaica, NY
+35%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lincoln, NE
-13%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Maywood, IL
+40%
Medford, MA
+36%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Naperville, IL
+47%
New York, NY
+77%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Novi, MI
+37%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Oswego, IL
+10%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Reno, NV
0%
Rock Hill, SC
-24%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%

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