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Update Laundry Room

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

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Laundry Room 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 Laundry Room 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 Laundry Room 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.

Laundry Room Makeover - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Laundry Room 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 descriptionRefinish cabinetry, countertop, and sink. Replace flooring. Paint walls.Update plumbing and lighting fixtures. Use above average materials and finishing detail.
Project size80 square feet
Material and labor cost$2,385 - $2,783
Material cost$1,116 - $1,302
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Laundry Room Makeover project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Laundry Room 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 Laundry Room Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% 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 Laundry Room Makeover project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingLaundry Room Makeover projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Laundry Room Makeover - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

Laundry Room Makeover - Project Plan and Details

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

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Develop Laundry Room IdeasInterior Designer2 to 3 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$285 - $476
Prepare Laundry Room DesignInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$380 - $635
Develop Project BudgetGeneral Contractor2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$140 - $234
Re-Wire Electrical CircuitElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$338 - $577 per circuit
Move Drain PipePlumber1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$150 - $259
Repair Wall DamageDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$33 - $57
Refinish CabinetsPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$7.45 - $12.52 per square foot
Install Cabinet HandlesFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$13.50 - $22.77 per cabinet
Install Door KnobFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$63 - $112 per door
Install Laminate CountertopFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$12.75 - $22.33 per square foot
Install Cork FlooringFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$4.10 - $7.52 per square foot
Install Laundry SinkPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$230 - $407
Paint WallPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.55 - $0.95 per square foot
Paint CeilingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.46 - $0.76 per square foot
Install FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$220 - $394
Install GFCI OutletElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$65 - $114 per outlet
Install Ceiling Light FixtureElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$163 - $285
Replace Electric SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$43 - $75
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 1 - Basic$15.50 - $26.79
Replace Bathroom FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$230 - $407

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