Baseboard removal DIY?

How easy/hard is it to remove baseboards yourself? We are contemplating replacing our baseboards with forced air and the removal of the current baseboards was quoted to us at $1,200. We are willing to get dirty, but would there be any risks and/or regrets?
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  • If I am understanding your question (baseboards as the trim at the bottom of your walls) it is very simple to do. My husband and I are removing all of our existing baseboards and replacing them with a much taller version. The only difficulty for us is in putting the new baseboards up and getting the right cuts to make it all fit perfectly.

  • Vicki Seaburg Vicki Seaburg on Apr 09, 2015
    Easy just make sure you put a board behide the bar or you will have holes in your wall take your time and try to get behind the nails they like to come through the boards hope this helps

  • Margaret Margaret on Apr 09, 2015
    I've removed rooms of baseboard w/o any problems. The 1st thing I do is take a box cutter and run it at the edge where the baseboard meets the wall to cut any paint that is between the baseboard and wall. Then I use a small pry bar type tool - they fit my hand better and is easier to get between the trim and the wall - then a full size pry bar to remove the trim. Like Vicki said, be sure to put something between the wall and pry bar to protect wall.

  • John W John W on Apr 10, 2015
    Reading between the lines - you are removing baseboard heat You say you are replacing with forced air so heating must be involved. There are two main heating sources: electric and hot water. electric will be easiest but you must isolate the power to the boards by turning off the power at circuit breaker panel. You will need to deal with box but if new wide baseboard are planned, they may cover the box. Hot water heat is much more difficult for you must disconnect each baseboard from the supply piping then remove it and piping. The first question is, are you removing a heating system, not just baseboard which the other answers address.

    • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Apr 10, 2015
      @John W hmmm, totally missed this. Guess that is what comes from skimming the text. I think you are right. She will need to replace the baseboards after.

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Apr 10, 2015
    @Kacey removal is fairly simple, but does require some care. If you are going to put them back on the wall you will need to number the pieces to they go back the way they came off or they may not fit in right.

  • Kacey Kacey on Apr 10, 2015
    Sorry, I did not explain this very well : ) @John you are correct that I am speaking about removing a baseboard heating system, not wall trim. So, we would be removing the covers, pipes and all from the walls and I was not sure how easy this would be. I should maybe also mention we have plaster walls.

  • John W John W on Apr 10, 2015
    Kacey, if the quote includes patching of plaster walls and removal of all baseboards and piping back to boiler, that would be great price! Don't know ho large our house is nor if it is with a basement, but there is a lot of work. Are you removing the boiler unit too?