How Much Does It Cost to Replace Baseboards in My Home?

Katy Willis
Written by Katy Willis
Updated February 21, 2022
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Highlights

  • Baseboard replacement typically averages $1,280

  • Baseboards run $5.70–$8.95 per square foot

  • Square footage, material, and style will impact price

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Replacing the baseboards in your home can give your space a fresh new look. If you’re replacing baseboards in a smaller home, you can expect to pay as little as $720 to have a professional take care of the job for you. For a larger home, you may pay as much as $1,300, but the price could go higher if you need your old baseboards removed or you choose a premium baseboard material.

“Replacing baseboards is a project that varies greatly in complexity and cost,” says Andrew Kilborn, owner of Andy’s Handyman. “Determining the style and material you want is very important to get an accurate estimate.”

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Baseboards per Linear Foot?

When you consider materials and labor, it typically costs $5.70 to $8.95 per linear foot to install baseboards. If you need your existing baseboards removed, expect to add another $50 to $100 per hour in labor costs.

For a home with a 144-foot perimeter, the average cost to replace baseboards is $1,280. This includes $1,060 for materials and installation, plus another $220 for removing your old baseboards.

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Comparing Types: What Baseboard Best Fits My Budget?

There’s a huge variety of baseboard sizes, materials, and styles. Of these choices, it’s material and style that have the greatest effect on price. 

Depending on your budget and tastes, you can choose from simple and inexpensive options from PVC shoe molding to elegant and expensive wood baseboards made of mahogany.

Here’s a quick rundown of the average prices you’ll pay for popular baseboard materials:

  • PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride)

    • $0.90–$1.40 per linear foot

    • Materials cost for 144 linear feet: $130–$200

  • MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

    • $1.00–$1.34 per linear foot

    • Materials cost for 144 linear feet: $140–$190

  • Polystyrene

    • $1.15–$1.65 per linear foot

    • Materials cost for 144 linear feet: $170–$240

  • Pine

    • $1.40–$1.85 per linear foot

    • Materials cost for 144 linear feet: $200–$270

  • Poplar

    • $1.90–$2.50 per linear foot

    • Materials cost for 144 linear feet: $270–$360

  • Maple or oak

    • $2.50–$5.00 per linear foot

    • Materials cost for 144 linear feet: $360–$720

  • Cherry or mahogany

    • $4.50–$10.00 per linear foot

    • Materials cost for 144 linear feet: $650–$1,440

Once you’ve decided on a material, it’s time to choose a style. These are the most common options available:

  • Shoe molding

  • Quarter round molding

  • Rounded molding

  • Flat base molding

  • Sculpted molding

  • Decorative baseboard corners

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What Factors Influence the Cost to Replace Baseboards?

When a professional determines what replacing your baseboards will cost, they look at project size, the type of baseboards you want, installation effort, and whether you require additional services.

Project Size

You can figure out the size of your project by measuring each wall that needs a new baseboard and subtracting doorways. Once you’ve got the total inches, divide that number by 12 to come up with your linear feet. When a professional quotes you, it will be in linear feet, so take the price per foot and multiply it by your project size for the total cost.

Note that many contractors will offer lower prices for larger projects. The contractor has to spend gas and pay for insurance and other operating costs for each trip, so it makes more financial sense for them to do as much work as possible on each job. Depending on the size of your project, a discount of $0.50 per linear foot for more work is reasonable.

Baseboard Material and Style

If you choose basic baseboards, their cost will be a fraction of the project’s total price. However, you also have the option of premium materials including hardwood and decorative designs at a higher cost.

Baseboard Installation Costs

Installing baseboards is a straightforward process. However, if you have unique circumstances or a job that requires extra effort, your contractor will charge more. How much more depends strictly on what kind of work is needed.

Additional Services

When your installer quotes you for baseboard installation, that’s all it includes. If you need old baseboards removed, your new ones painted, or any repairs to drywall or flooring, you’ll pay for these services separately.

Replacing Baseboards Cost Breakdown

When determining how much you’ll pay to replace baseboards, you’ll find that the costs can be broken down into two categories: materials and labor.

Materials

The materials necessary for replacing baseboards include the new baseboards and various installation materials.

Baseboards

How much you’ll pay for baseboards depends heavily on the type of material and the style you choose. The most affordable materials include PVC, MDF, polystyrene, pine, and poplar. You’ll pay more when you choose hardwoods such as maple, oak, cherry, and mahogany. 

From there, you have to decide on a baseboard style. Simple options including shoe molding offer a clean look at a low price, but if you want to add a touch of sophistication to your space, you might select sculpted molding and decorative baseboard corners.

Installation Materials

Your carpenter will have all the equipment necessary to install your baseboards, but they’ll work the costs of incidentals including nails, caulk, and putty into their quote.

Labor

Most of the cost of replacing baseboards goes to installation costs. Depending on your needs, this may also include site preparation and cleanup.

Preparation

There isn’t much site preparation that needs to be done when installing new baseboards, but if you have old baseboards that need to go, this is the first step in completing the project. Installers generally charge $50 to $100 per hour for this type of work.

Installation

When you receive a quote for baseboard installation, this includes only the task of attaching new baseboards. If you need any other kind of work, you’ll pay extra.

Painting

Some styles of baseboard come unfinished, meaning you’ll need to paint or stain them to complete the job. Installers can generally do this for you, but you’ll have to pay extra. Expect this to cost you an additional $1 to $5 per linear foot.

If you plan on painting the rest of your house too, you might look to hire a local painter instead.

Repairs

For a more polished look, you might need to get some repairs done. The cost of repairs can vary greatly depending on what needs to be done. For example, the average cost to repair drywall is $280 to $790.

Debris Removal

Your quote will generally include the cost of cleanup. However, if you have old baseboards that need to be collected and disposed of, you can expect to pay an extra $15 to $20 for this service.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Baseboards Myself?

When you choose to replace baseboards yourself, you’ll save on labor costs. Depending on the materials you choose, you could pay as little as $0.80 to $1.20 per linear foot. For a home that needs 144 linear feet of baseboard, this translates to a materials cost of $115 to $175. Of course, if you choose premium materials or intricate designs, you’ll pay more.

Replacing baseboards on your own may sound easy, and it totally can be—assuming everything works in your favor. If you have all the right tools (and know how to use them), level flooring, and no damage to repair, this could be a DIY project that you knock out in a couple of weekends. 

However, it doesn’t take much to derail this project. If you hit a strange angle that’s difficult to cut or can’t get your baseboards to look straight over your crooked floors, you could be facing a roadblock that’s impossible to get around, especially if you were hoping for a professional finish. 

Instead of running the risk of having baseboards that detract from the beauty of your home, hire a local baseboard installer. They’ll get the project done faster and leave you with beautiful results.

Baseboard Replacement Questions and Answers

Should I replace my baseboards myself?

Installing baseboards can be a DIY project if you have experience with woodworking. Removing old boards is easy enough, as is attaching new straight pieces. However, many do-it-yourselfers struggle with getting the cuts right for corners. And because trim is meant to highlight your home, imperfections tend to stand out.

Why should I replace my baseboards?

Most people replace their baseboards when they’re old or damaged. This relatively simple task instantly improves the look of your home and can even raise your home’s value. Don’t think your baseboards are in bad shape? You might be able to get away with a new coat of paint. This is especially true if you’re just dealing with nicks and scratches.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

There’s a wide variety of baseboard sizes, styles, and materials, but there are also lots of choices when it comes to other styles of trim for use throughout your home. An example is crown molding, trim that goes along the top of your walls. Because crown molding is more visible, it tends to be more expensive, but it also elevates the look of any space.

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