Remodel Small Home

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

March 2015

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

Small Home Remodeling - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Small 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 in a small home. 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 size900 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$16,907 - $19,724
Material cost$10,404 - $12,138
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Small Home Remodeling project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Small 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 Small 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 Small Home Remodeling project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingSmall Home Remodeling projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Small Home Remodeling - Project Plan and Details

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

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Small 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
Install Can LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$127 - $220
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 MoldingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.26 - $2.15 per linear foot
Paint RoomsPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.83 - $6.53 per square foot
Install Oak FlooringFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$6.66 - $11.74 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


Small Home Remodeling - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

  • To maximize return on the Small Home Remodeling project, limit cost to no more than 6.8% of home's total, post project value
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • To keep Small 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 Small Home Remodeling
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • Recess speakers into walls or ceiling to share media system access and create room ambiance
  • Use separate, individually controllable lighting circuits for ambient and task lighting
  • Use furniture, fixtures and accessories scaled appropriately to the room size

Small Home Remodeling Project Guide

Project Plan: Small Home Remodeling

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Small 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 Small Home Remodeling project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.

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