How to replace your front door

DIY or hire a pro?

Besides the door itself, installation is another significant cost. It could cost you hundreds, or thousands of dollars

You might be tempted to do the job yourself to save money, but should you?

“Replacing a door and having it fit right is much more complex a process than it would appear to be,” says real estate broker Bruce Ailion.

Watching carpenters remove the old door, then fit and adjust the new door correctly, is a bit like watching brain surgery, he says. Usually, it is not simply a matter of taking off the old door and putting in a new one.

You’ll need to be strong enough to handle the heavy door. You need good measuring and leveling skills and basic carpentry skills.

Hiring a professional will ensure that your door closes correctly and doesn’t have air leakage, Grodesky says.