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Our 2021 staircase moving guide will give you all the knowledge, average costs and free quotes to be able to make a fully-informed decision.
Though there are many variables that can affect the overall project cost, we've compiled some average costs for various stair-moving scenarios you may encounter:
|Moving an Internal Staircase||£3,000.00|
|Handrail & Balustrade||£125.00|
(Prices taken from multiple sources and averaged)
Prices Checked 16/10/2021
Planning to move the staircases of your home or office? Well, this could improve the design of your interior by creating a more open living space that will enhance the light flow. Better still, incorporating a new and beautifully finished staircase can improve your décor style and the overall value of your home, which is a great move for homeowners who plan to sell their property in the future.
However, moving a staircase is never a simple task. In fact, it can be expensive and time-consuming depending on the area you are moving the staircase. That said, what can you expect when handling this task and how much will it cost to move your staircase? I would recommend that you keep reading for a detailed answer to these questions and much more.
Although most people tend to think that their old staircase cannot be used, you could be surprised to find out that you can use it, a measure that helps to ease the renovation and make it less disruptive. Before fitting the new staircase, you should go to the floor based at the top of the staircase and remove the flooring. Doing so will allow you to see the joists that support the floor you are standing on.
At this point, you can leave your old staircase intact so that you can use it. Next, mark the joists that are supposed to be cut so that you can insert the posts at the edge of the new opening. Then, add insulation between the posts on the existing wall. The new staircase can now be put in place and the old one removed which is a faster process than when you fail to use the old staircase.
Besides moving the staircase, you will note that there is a lot of work that comes along the way requiring you to hire professionals to handle such tasks. For instance, you will need the help of a carpenter who can create new fixtures for the stairs or repair your hardwood flooring. At the same time, you might require a decorator or plasterer to repair or decorate the exposed walls.
Third, you will want to determine whether planning permission is required when moving your staircases. In some instances, you will not need the planning permission, if the staircases do not have any impact on the overall structure of the building. However, a planning permission could be required if the stairs support the building and when they are likely to result in major damage if the process goes wrong.
Are you planning to install a staircase similar to the old one or a different type of staircase? Well, installing a similar staircase to what you had before could make the installation task fast and easier. On the other hand, a different staircase could require more planning plus specialized features that could require hiring new tradesmen for the job.
There are lots of materials to choose from for your staircases. These materials differ in terms of durability, aesthetics, maintenance needs, purchase costs, and the amount you want to spend while installing your stairs. On that note, let’s have a look at different materials used for staircase.
Staircases are of different types. You will come across a variety of designs and shapes to choose from so that you can settle for a practical choice based on the staircase’s location. Some of these types include:
When moving your staircase, you can choose to keep your current stairs or invest in new ones. So, how do you decide whether to purchase new stairs or reuse your old ones? I would recommend that you consider these factors:
It is not quite easy to estimate the amount of time it will take to move your staircase. However, depending on the design, simpler models like straight staircases can require 3-4 days. However, complicated designs could take a lot of time up to several months. Also, if you plan to install a staircase with a complicated design. It could need that you hire an architect who will draw your plans, further increasing the required time.
Yes. You can move your staircases yourself, but to do so, you must have a good understanding of your floor plan and structure. At the same time, before moving your staircases, you must know that:
That said, if you are not up to par with these standards, hiring a professional for the job is a better move for your safety and that of your family.
Well, this depends on the place you will be moving the staircase and the impact of the structural work that will need to be done. For instance, when using the old staircase, you could simply do so without a planning permission. However, if you are installing a new staircase that will require a lot of structural work, get a planning permission for everybody’s safety.
Well, there are strict building regulations to comply with when moving your stairs. On that note, I would recommend consulting a professional who will advise you better and help you adhere to these regulations. Such regulations cover a wide scope including the angle of the stairs, dimensions, and headroom. So, be sure to consult further.
Moving your stairs could seem like a complicated home renovation task but if handled correctly, it could yield more benefits and satisfaction to improve the living conditions of your space. Therefore, despite the cost that you will be needed to part with while handling the task, ensuring that it is done correctly is the best means of ensuring that these costs are worth it.