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 Custom Doll House Assembly 

By Mott's Miniatures TM Inc. 

Whether for adult collectors, gifts for children, or for commercial purposes,
Mott's doll house builders can do it for you.

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Assembly Information

Basic Assembly
     The first service we are offering to customers who purchase just about any doll house kit in our store is a Basic Assembly. We will put the basic house body (the shell) along with floors, porches, and roofs, and in some cases dormers and interior walls. We find that if a customer leaves our store with something that looks like a house rather than just a box full of pieces, that they will get started on their project much sooner.

Assembly and
Exterior Finishing

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See pictures of houses that were built and customized at Mott's.
     The next level of service over and above the basic shell assembly is what we call Full Assembly. This includes assembling the kit, and completely finishing the exterior including the siding, shingles, paint, porch, railings, posts, spindles, brackets, foundation, brick/stone work, windows, doors, shutters, etc. Everything on the outside of the house will be done, but the interior will be left blank. There are some variables such as brick/stone work and any customizing, but basically we charge 100% of the kit price. That means, for example, that if the kit costs $100 you will pay an additional $100 for this service. There is a surcharge for this service if you did not purchase your kit from Mott's. Also, this price is for medium and upper-grade houses, not the budget ones. And remember, discounts or other offers are void if we are assembling your house.

Doll House
     Many collectors get their start in miniatures with those affordable die-cut houses (Greenleaf, Corona Concepts). There is nothing really wrong with these houses, it is simply that they are manufactured differently from regular houses to bring their cost down. That means that there are more pieces and more work involved in putting one together than a standard doll house. For that reason, we charge much more to put them together. Assembly prices here are about 200%-500% of the current retail price of the kit, for full shell only assembly, up to full dollhouse assembly with exterior finishing.

Modifying Your Doll House    Whenever we are working on your dollhouse and make modifications to your house such as adding or removing walls, adding or removing windows/doors, or changing the basic structure of the house there can and often will be a special fee. Sometimes referred to as "Kit-Bashing", it is a service we provide on a regular basis. Usually the fee is under $10, often nominal or free if the modifications are slight (such as adding windows/doors). This is especially true when you buy the door/window/dormer from Mott's and want it installed. You won't know unless you ask! We no longer build houses from scratch using your plans, blueprints or pictures. We only build and/or modify existing houses and kits.

Electric Lighting
   One of our popular services is Electrical Wiring. Basic wiring consists of installing tape-wire systems in un-decorated doll houses. This runs anywhere from $15.00 to $20.00 per room for labor depending on the type and size of house and other factors. Materials are sold separately and individual light fixtures and outlets can also be installed for an additional charge per fixture.

NOTES:     Please note that the prices shown below are labor charges for the work specified on brand new kits. These prices do not apply to kits that have been opened and pieces removed or missing, or to partially constructed houses.
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Interior Dollhouse Finishing Another service offered is the Interior Decorating and Finishing. This can be any and all types of interior work from painting, staining, wallpapering, installing carpet, custom fireplaces and book-cases, ceiling treatments, installing hard-wood floors, tile floors, and all types of interior work. These services are estimated on an individual basis.

For a standard basic room decoration including installing flooring, wallpaper and to cover the ceiling will run about $25 per room for the labor only. If you want special design flooring or custom wainscoting an extra charge will have to be estimated. (Chart at bottom is for additional fees over and above the basic $25.00 per room). Remember, all prices on this page are for Labor ONLY and do NOT include the cost of any materials. These labor charges are for finishing and installing decorator items from our web site. Special work such as building custom fireplaces, staircases or custom woodwork must be estimated separately.

Remember that interior finishing can take 2-4 weeks in addition to the time needed to assemble and finish the exterior of your house.


A word about Shipping: We can assemble houses and them ship them to you any where in the world but once most house kits are assembled they can no longer be sent via UPS and must be shipped via freight truck and/or ocean freight, or Federal Express Air Freight.

You can expect to pay a minimum of about $100 to $250 (on up) to ship an assembled  dollhouse.  Why?  Because that is what freight companies charge us.  Part of the fee is for packing.  We charge about $40 on average to pack a house being shipped from our store, which just covers the cost of the box and bubble wrap.  The rest goes to the freight company.  Many small houses (up to 4-6 rooms) can be sent UPS.   But larger doll houses, houses with extensions and/or large porches often have to be sent via Freight Truck.  For doll houses that are too large to be shipped via UPS or FedEx we will, on behalf of the customer, request delivery via Craters and Freighters who will pick up, crate and ship your house to you.

As of 2006, we can now send may assembled dollhouse via a new UPS Oversize Service via the UPS Store.  Many houses up to about 40" wide can be sent through the UPS Store.  These houses will be dropped off at the local UPS Store.  Shipping and packing expenses will be billed directly to the customer by the UPS Store.

     Again, we can Assemble any of the houses we sell and we can also finish them inside and out if you wish.  Please check our Assembly Rates page for pricing.  Also, please note that ALL houses and house kits are guaranteed directly by their manufacturers.  If you ever receive a kit that is missing pieces or has factory defective parts, simply contact the manufacturer directly and the replacement parts will be sent to you direct from the factory.  Their contact information will be inside the kit.

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