Hire a Pro Advice: Install a Shower Door

Here's how to find a contractor or handyman to replace a shower stall door.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

You can ask for the cost of having a shower door installed where you buy it or hire a handyman to do the job. Many of the large home centers and lumber yards offer an "Installed Price" for building materials, appliances and fixtures that they sell. The turnkey service is popular for consumers who don't have the time or can't find references. Ask what's implied in the agreement and if the retailer stands behind the installation. The agreement should clarify the responsibilities of the homeowner, contractor and retailer. The service is added revenue for a retailer who can control the delivery and installation of products sold to their consumers.

An online contractor referral service is another way to find an installer or type "install a shower door in (your city)" in a search engine like Bing, Google or Yahoo.

This small job can be done by just about any tradesman. It requires the skills of a handyman, a jack-of-all trades who can evaluate, estimate and complete small home repairs. You'll usually find they advertise in local newspapers and listed as "Handyman Services" in the Yellow Pages. If there's a bulletin board in a hardware store or home center you may find postings of their business cards. Plan to call a handyman service when you have more than one job. Often they charge a minimum fee to cover the expense of traveling so make it worthwhile for you and the handyman. If you have to take off work to be home for the repair work, you'll benefit from having more than one job on your house "to do" list checked off.