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Decorating, Re-Decorating

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

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Home 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 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 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 Decorating - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Home 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. Replace existing 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 size1425 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$11,583 - $13,514
Material cost$7,592 - $8,857
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Home Decorating project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Home Decorating requires considerable experience, skill and attention to detail. Do it yourself mistakes are noticeable, may be difficulty to remedy and may actually reduce the market value of the project and your home.
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 Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIReturns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Home Decorating project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingHome Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Home Decorating - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

Home Decorating - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Home Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Home 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 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
Paint CabinetryPainting Contractor2 dLevel 1 - Basic$2.25 - $3.78 per square foot
Install Hardwood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.20 - $12.88 per square foot
Install Wall LightingElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$230 - $407
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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