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Update Home Interior

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

January 2014

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

The approximate costs and value of a typical Home Interior Makeover 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 descriptionUpdate 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 size1500 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$16,533 - $19,289
Material cost$10,409 - $12,143
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Home Interior Makeover project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Home Interior Makeover requires attention to detail and careful planning.
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 Home Interior Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIActual 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 good quality Home Interior Makeover project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingHome Interior Makeover projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Home Interior Makeover - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

Home Interior Makeover - Project Plan and Details

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

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Prepare Home Remodeling IdeasArchitect5 to 15 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$600 - $1,002
Create Decorating IdeasHome Decorator2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$140 - $234
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
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 Interior DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$230 - $407 per door
Install Replacement WindowsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$227 - $419 per unified inch
Install Bay WindowFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$752 - $1,391 per unified inch
Install Door LockFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$93 - $168 per door
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
Paint DoorPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$99 - $166
Install Wood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.20 - $12.88 per square foot
Replace ThermostatElectrician 1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$138 - $239
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$98 - $165
Install Ceiling SpeakersElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$128 - $226 per speaker


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