Remodel Home

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

March 2015

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

Home Remodeling - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Home 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 all (existing) rooms other than kitchen and bathrooms. Update molding, flooring, doors, switchplates and decorative hardware. Add built-in speakers and modern recessed lighting. Install new window treatments. Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality.
Project size1600 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$22,307 - $26,024
Material cost$14,904 - $17,388
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Home Remodeling project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Home 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 - ROIResults vary widely and can be affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Home Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more 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 Home Remodeling project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingHome Remodeling projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Home Remodeling - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Home Remodeling. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Home 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 Home Remodeling project cost and quality.

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

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Prepare Home Remodeling IdeasArchitect5 to 15 d$729 - $1,217
Create Decorating IdeasHome Decorator2 to 15 d$398 - $665
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 d$178 - $297
Prepare Home Remodeling BudgetGeneral Contractor3 to 5 d$398 - $665 per project
Remove CarpetDemolition Laborer1 d$0.18 - $0.31 per square foot
0Roofing Contractor1 to 2 d$1.24 - $2.08 per square foot
Install Wall InsulationInsulation Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.79 - $1.36 per square foot
Insulate AtticInsulation Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.38 - $2.44 per square foot
Hang Interior DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$149 - $258 per door
Install Replacement WindowsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$376 - $672
Install Door LockFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$146 - $262 per door
Install MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.58 - $4.47 per linear foot
Paint Wood PanelingPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$1.61 - $2.77 per square foot
Paint RoomsPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.83 - $6.53 per square foot
Install Wood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.51 - $13.31 per square foot
Replace ThermostatElectrician 1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$178 - $312
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$95 - $161
Install Window BlindsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$84 - $150


Home Remodeling - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

  • To maximize return on the Home Remodeling project, limit cost to no more than 12% of home's total, post project value
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • To keep Home 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 Home Remodeling
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • Use separate, individually controllable lighting circuits for ambient and task lighting
  • Recess speakers into walls or ceiling to share media system access and create room ambiance

Home Remodeling Project Guide

Project Plan: Home Remodeling

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

This FREE homewyse project guide helps you organize Home Remodeling project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.

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