Remodel Floor

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Floor Remodeling project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Floor Remodeling 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 Floor Remodeling 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 Floor Remodeling project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Floor Remodeling - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Floor Remodeling 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 descriptionRemodel existing flooring Common options include stone, tile, wood, vinyl, carpet, cork and paint. Floor preparation tasks ensure a solid, noise free base.
Project size300 square feet
Material and labor cost$3,047 - $3,554
Material cost$1,670 - $1,948
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Floor Remodeling project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Floor Remodeling 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 Floor Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year 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 Floor Remodeling project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingFloor Remodeling projects commonly employ renewable resources and environmentally friendly materials. It is often the case that existing components and materials can be recycled or reused in the Floor Remodeling project.

Floor Remodeling - Project Plan and Details

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

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Floor Remodeling project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Remove CarpetDemolition Laborer1 d$0.18 - $0.31 per square foot
Remove FlooringDemolition Laborer1 d$0.92 - $1.53 per square foot
Remove TileDemolition Laborer1 d$1.37 - $2.30 per square foot
Install SubfloorCarpenter1 to 2 d$6.13 - $10.77 per square foot
Repair Floor StructureCarpenter1 to 2 d$35 - $64 per square foot
Repair Dry RotCarpenter1 to 4 d$184 - $320
Prepare Basement FlooringFlooring Contractor1 d$6.10 - $10.46 per square foot
Install Laminate FlooringFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$5.13 - $8.89 per square foot
Install Hardwood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.83 - $13.90 per square foot
Install Wood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.51 - $13.31 per square foot
Install Oak FlooringFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$6.66 - $11.74 per square foot
Install Marble FloorTile Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$15.41 - $26.42 per square foot
Install Bamboo FlooringFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$4.30 - $7.56 per square foot
Install Linoleum FlooringFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.89 - $5.29 per square foot
Install Cork FlooringFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$4.02 - $7.32 per square foot
Install UnderlaymentTile Contractor1 d$2.43 - $4.14 per square foot
Install Prefinished Hardwood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$6.50 - $11.63 per square foot
Install Base MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 1 - Basic$3.29 - $5.73 per linear foot
Install BaseboardFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 1 - Basic$3.29 - $5.73 per linear foot

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Floor Remodeling - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • To keep Floor Remodeling costs low, do not move walls or relocate plumbing fixtures or electrical boxes
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Floor Remodeling
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • Select finish treatments that harmonize with furniture and statement accessories

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