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Renovate Home Interior

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

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Home Interior Renovation 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 Interior Renovation 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 Interior Renovation 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 Interior Renovation - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Home Interior Renovation 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 descriptionRenovate 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 size2000 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$22,905 - $26,723
Material cost$16,533 - $19,289
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Home Interior Renovation project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Home Interior Renovation requires attention to detail and careful planning.
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 Interior Renovation project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more 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 Interior Renovation project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingHome Interior Renovation projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Home Interior Renovation - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

Home Interior Renovation - Project Plan and Details

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

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Prepare Home Decorating IdeasInterior Designer4 to 10 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$760 - $1,269
Create Interior Design PlanInterior Designer5 to 15 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$380 - $635
Design Home Lighting PlanLighting Designer3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$855 - $1,428
Prepare Home Remodeling BudgetGeneral Contractor3 to 5 dLevel 2 - Challenging$420 - $701
Remove CarpetDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$0.13 - $0.21 per square foot
Remove PaintPainting Contractor1 dLevel 1 - Basic$7.00 - $11.69 per linear foot
Remove WallpaperDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$2.50 - $4.18 per square foot
Re-Wire HomeElectrician3 to 7 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$1,425 - $2,447
Install Wall InsulationInsulation Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.31 - $2.32 per square foot
Install Sliding DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$576 - $1,066 per unified inch
Hang Prehung DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$280 - $499 per door
Install Vinyl WindowsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$151 - $279 per unified inch
Install Door TrimFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.25 - $5.70 per linear foot
Install MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.75 - $4.77 per linear foot
Paint RoomsPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.66 - $1.13 per square foot
Install Wood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.20 - $12.88 per square foot
Replace Electrical PlugElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$45 - $77
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$98 - $165
Install Ceiling FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$492 - $866
Install Track LightingElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$317 - $542

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