Egress Window Cost | Prices On Windows & Installation


Egress Window Costs

Egress window cost, including installation, ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, which includes installation from a profesional contractor. Egress window projects are fairly complex and involve digging out the exterior around where the window will be placed, installing the retaining wall or window well, cutting out the basement opening, building out the window frame, all of the permitting and installing and sealing the window. Many homeowners also opt to landscape the outside area to make it more pleasing to the eye.

Premium Egress Windows Prices

Premium egress basement window projects will cost between $3,000 and $5,000, which includes all of the preparation and installation steps, the materials, as well as the window itself. Of course, homeowners who opt for combination windows, such as a large fixed frame center window with two smaller casements on either side or two standalone casements (like in the picture below), along with a more elaborate landscaping plan can expect to pay more than the $5,000 that we used as the uppermost price point.

Most contractors provide free cost bids, which should take any of the guess work out of what you can expect with your next project.

High End Egress Window Cost

Mid Range Egress Window Costs

Mid range basement egress projects will run $2,000 to $3,000 total, which includes all the labor, materials and the cost of an egress window. This price point may or may not use a window well (often considered a less expensive approach to a basement egress), but it will certainly involve a less elaborate window and exterior lanscaping plan than the premium price point above.

Mid Range Egress Windows Prices

Entry Level Egress Window Cost

Entry level egress basement projects will run somewhere in the $1,000 to $2,000 range, which includes all materials, the window and professional installation. Want to price out your project? Use our egress window calculator to find industry standard costs.

Entry Level Egress Window Costs

Basics Of Egress Windows

So what are egress windows? It is a common question from homeowners interested in doing a basement remodel or conversion. Basically, egress windows serve as emergency exits in basements. The definition of an egress is an exit or way out. Basements typically have one way in and out - the door leading upstairs. An egress window provides a second emergency exit should a fire, accident or other scenario occur that effectively blocks or bars the door from being used to escape from the home.

Codes & Requirements

There are a number of safety and building codes, along with windows size requirements that must be met when installing a basement egress window in order to make the space safe and to provide an emergency exit. The code applies to any basement that has what is deemed habitable living areas. So if the basement is simply storage area where no one spends any considerable time, no egress is necessary. Learn more about egress window code here.

Does An Egress Window Increase Value

The question of whether an egress window increases the value of a home is a common question for most homeowners considering this home improvement project and one worth exploring.

Most unfinished basements are not included in the homes square footage (just as garages are not because they are not considered "livable space"). If you are converting an unfinished basement into livable space, this will add square footage to the home. As well, if you are adding on a room in the basement (which means adding a standalone bathroom as well) it will add another bedroom to the home, which always adds value.

Of course, converting a basement to a livable space involves much more than just adding the egress window and obviously costs more. The big question is what you plan to do with the basement space.

Adding another room to your home is, at least on paper, one of the best ways to increase the value of your home without adding on somewhere else. Check with online sources like zillow to see what the difference in price in your neighborhood from going from a 3 bedroom to a 4 bedroom for instance. Homeowners do need to remember that below ground square footage is not always valued as much as above ground square footage.

The most bang for your buck and one that can certainly add quite a bit of value to your home is to create a standalone rental property with your finished basement. This means a separate door in and out of the basement, as well as a full bathroom and heating and cooling, etc. However, once you establish six months of steady rental income, the bank should accept at least 75 percent of this monthly amount as income that will increase the value of the home and can be a great selling point for many buyers.

If the basement is already considered a livable space, but lacks the egress window, then adding the basement egress will absolutely be worth it and will add the entire basement square footage to the home, which should increase the value by more than the cost of the egress

Best Window Options

Building codes mandate certain dimensions or area for clear window openings to allow an emergency exit through the window. The code lends itself to particular types of windows, including casements and horizontal sliders. Single and double hung windows are also frequently used, although they have to be quite tall to meet code. Find out more on the different options and sizes for the best egress windows.