Build and Install Wheelchair Ramp on Front Sidewalk

Wheelchair Ramps Front WalkThis front walk had two 6 inch steps that needed wheelchair ramps to improve handicap accessibility.

This job is trickier then it at first appears. Measurements must be precise and the ramp’s leading edge must be tapered to avoid tripping points. Extra time needs to be allotted for planning.

Using exterior grade plywood and 2×6 support joists these ramps were secured to the walkway with concrete screws. They were then primed and painted. The weather was hot and dry so the entire job was completed in a single trip.

Low estimate for materials and labor:

  • Exterior grade plywood
  • 2×6 pressure treated fir
  • Misc screws and angle brackets
  • Primer and paint
  • Labor 3 hours

High estimate for materials and labor:

  • Exterior grade plywood
  • 2×6 pressure treated fir
  • Misc screws and angle brackets
  • Primer and paint
  • Labor 4 hours

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $300

Consensus Price: $300

High Price: $450

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Comments

  1. $300 may be a fair price for what is there but the ramps, while meeting customer expectations, may pose some serious liability. The problem is that the ramp is intended to be a wheelchair ramp which brings in the issue of ADA compliance. For starters, the ramps are probably too steep, have no non-skid surface, have no hand rails, and the landing at the front door isn’t large enough. It would take a lot of work to make this entrance ADA compliant. I love doing work for people with special physical needs but it is an area that requires knowledge of ADA compliance, insurance liability, and especially an eye for your customer’s safety. A safe and ADA compliant ramp in this setting could easily be $1000 or more.

    • I would agree with “Trace” ADA compliance Is the type of work that your are absolutely required to stand behind, and in doing so, it opens you to a large amount of liabilty, especially in my area. I live in an area with a fairly high cost of living. $1000 would at the low end of the specrum. The mean would probably be right around $1350 to make sure your are in compliance with the landing and railings and the proper slope. I work mainly in Bucks County, PA, and the surrounding area.

What would a fair price be?