Cost to Install a Fireplace – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 2587

$ 1575

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 35% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Fireplace noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much is a prefab fireplace and chimney? A contractor charges $2,587 to install a fireplace and chimney vs. doing it yourself for $1,575.

Realtors tell us that the addition of a wood-burning fireplace in a house will increase its value, so it’s a worthwhile investment. In most rooms, a fireplace is the focal point, adding character and ambiance. And the appeal of a crackling fire on a cold night is undeniable.

If your room is small, a large masonry unit won’t work, but a prefabricated metal zero-clearance fireplace takes a minimum amount of space and can be safely placed near wood framing.

A contractor will charge $2,587 to install a prefabricated zero-clearance fireplace and chimney. This includes the labor and material.

While a handy homeowner can buy the unit for $1,575 and may have the skills to install it, we think adding a fireplace is definitely a job best left to a professional who will guarantee that the unit is properly installed and meets local building code requirements.

For safety’s sake, there’s no room for error. Someone skilled in carpentry can do the finish work and install a new mantle, but you should leave the installation of the fireplace and chimney to a pro who can suggest where to locate the unit and who knows how to comply with the building code requirements.

The Northeastern Chimney Co. explains the Benefits of a Zero-clearance Fireplace.

Another type of fireplace to consider that’s less difficult to install is a vent-free gas or electric unit. Neither requires a chimney, so the installation is less complicated.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a fireplace you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself.

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Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.