Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Home Maintenance project
Homeowners have many important questions about their Home Maintenance 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 Maintenance 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 Maintenance project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.
The approximate costs and value of a typical Home Maintenance 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 description||Common maintenance tasks for the home interior. Painting, floor refinishing, appliance maintenance and lighting updates.|
|Project size||1850 square foot home, cost per year.|
|Material and labor cost||$2,475 - $2,888|
|Material cost||$1,222 - $1,426|
|Do-it-yourself assessment||The typical Home Maintenance project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Home Maintenance requires attention to detail and careful planning.|
|First year Return on Investment - ROI||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 high quality Home Maintenance project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.|
|First year Return on Investment - ROI||Returns 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 Maintenance project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost|
|Green rating||Home Maintenance projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.|
The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Home Maintenance. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Home Maintenance 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 Maintenance project cost and quality.
Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Home Maintenance project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.
|Task||Service Provider||Time||Difficulty||Basic Cost Range|
|Seal Door||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$42 - $74|
|Seal Windows||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$32 - $57|
|Repair Ceiling||Drywall Contractor||1 to 2 d||$136 - $230|
|Repair Cabinets||Finish Carpenter||d||$117 - $202|
|Install Storm Door||Finish Carpenter||1 d||Level 3 - Complex, Difficult||$259 - $465|
|Install Storm Windows||Window and Door Installer||1 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$130 - $236|
|Stain Wood Trim||Painting Contractor||2 to 4 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$2.39 - $4.06 per linear foot|
|Paint Floor||Painting Contractor||1 to 3 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$1.44 - $2.49 per square foot|
|Paint Trim Molding||Painting Contractor||1 to 3 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$1.23 - $2.10 per linear foot|
|Paint Kitchen||Painting Contractor||1 to 3 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$3.83 - $6.53 per square foot|
|Paint Wallpaper||Painting Contractor||1 to 3 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$2.19 - $3.76 per square foot|
|Repair Hardwood Floor||Wood Flooring Refinisher||1 d||$167 - $284 per repair|
|Repair Tile Grout||Tile Contractor||1 to 2 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$8.47 - $14.18 per square foot|
|Repair Tile||Tile Contractor||d||$122 - $205|
|Replace Washing Machine||Appliance Service and Repair Technician||1 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$399 - $726|
|Repair Appliances||Appliance Service and Repair Technician||1 d||$199 - $357|
|Repair Dishwasher||Appliance Service and Repair Technician||1 d||$199 - $357|
|Repair Refrigerator||Appliance Service and Repair Technician||1 d||$199 - $357|
|Replace Thermostat||Electrician||1 to 3 d||Level 2 - Challenging||$178 - $312|
Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Home Maintenance project plan.
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