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Don't Try Installing A Pocket Door In Your Home Without Knowing This
Pocket doors are perfect for tight spaces, but their major drawback is the high installation cost. You can reduce costs by installing it yourself, but you must have the know-how.
If you have the experience and tools to do the job, then DIY is a good option. You'll need to hollow out your existing wall or build a new wall from scratch to conceal the door.
If you don’t have the confidence to handle aspects related to the task, such as load-bearing walls, electrical wiring, HVAC, or plumbing, you’ll have to involve a professional.
A pro will charge about $350 to $600 for six hours’ work, per Angi. It’ll cost more if the job takes longer, the wall is load-bearing, or there are electrical and plumbing issues.
HomeGuide estimates that installing a pocket door in a new home will cost $100 to $500 since the walls are open, compared to $1,000 to $2,500 for labor charges to retrofit a door.
A professional can work safely on load-bearing walls, advise where best to put your pocket door, ensure it functions properly, and handle all the plumbing and electrical aspects.