Cost to Install a Wall Safe

Cost to Install a Wall Safe

How much does it cost to install a wall safe? The contractor cost to install a wall safe is $450 but you can do it yourself for $250 and save 44 percent. Adjust the cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 6.0 DIY 9.0
Money Pro $450 DIY $250
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $450 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

You can get a safety deposit box at a bank, but home safes are becoming a popular alternative in many households because of their convenience. Install one in the wall of a closet or behind a wall-hung picture, and it offers safekeeping for jewelry, documents and other valuables. Since it’s in your home, which doesn’t operate on banker’s hours, you have access to your secret stash at any time, reason enough for some people who want their hidden assets safe at home.

A typical home safe is a flush-mounted 15-inch square unit that’s designed to fit into the recess between standard wall studs. A carpenter will charge $450, which includes the safe and labor to install it, but you can make the installation for $250, the cost of the safe, and save 44 percent.

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When deciding on a location for a wall safe, choose an inside wall. Be careful to avoid cutting into any plumbing or electrical lines. To do that, check out the area on both sides of the wall and see that there’s no electrical outlets or plumbing fixtures there

To make the installation, you’ll need a drill, screwdriver, keyhole or drywall saw, and carpenter’s level. An electronic stud finder will come in handy. You’ll also need some nails and shims to level and adjust the safe in the wall opening.

Don't want to get involved doing this job yourself? Click Home Advisor, a free referral service that connects homeowners with local prescreened contractors.

See the instructions at Home Fixated How to Install a Hidden Wall Safe.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a wall safe with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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