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Decorate Home Interior

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Home Interior Decorating project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Home Interior Decorating Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Home Interior Decorating investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Home Interior Decorating project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Home Interior Decorating - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Home Interior Decorating project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionDecorate home interior. Update flooring, doors, switchplates and decorative hardware. Add molding and recessed lighting. Install new window treatments. Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality. Estimated costs do not include furniture.
Project size1560 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$10,305 - $12,023
Material cost$6,615 - $7,718
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Home Interior Decorating project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Home Interior Decorating requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Home Interior Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIActual returns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A good quality Home Interior Decorating project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingHome Interior Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Home Interior Decorating - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Home Interior Decorating project plan.

Home Interior Decorating - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Home Interior Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Home Interior Decorating project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Home Interior Decorating project cost and quality.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Prepare Home Decorating IdeasInterior Designer4 to 10 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$760 - $1,269
Produce Home Remodeling PlansGeneral Contractor3 to 5 dLevel 2 - Challenging$560 - $935
Select Family Room FurnitureInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 2 - Challenging$285 - $476
Compile Home Remodeling Materials ListGeneral Contractor3 to 5 dLevel 2 - Challenging$560 - $935
Build CabinetsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$368 - $614
Install Can LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$163 - $285
Install Electrical Sub-PanelElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$745 - $1,303
Install Crown MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.75 - $6.62 per linear foot
Install Window SillFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$29.75 - $50.00 per windoow
Install BaseboardFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.35 - $5.82 per linear foot
Hang Interior DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$230 - $407 per door
Install Interior Window ShutterFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$360 - $660
Install Window ShadesFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$120 - $216
Paint RoomsPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.66 - $1.13 per square foot
Stain Wood CabinetsPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.95 - $4.95 per square foot
Install Hardwood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.20 - $12.88 per square foot
Install Wall SconceElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$180 - $314 per fixture
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$98 - $165
Install Ceiling SpeakersElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$128 - $226 per speaker
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 1 - Basic$15.50 - $26.79

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