Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Basement Remodeling project
Homeowners have many important questions about their Basement 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 Basement 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 Basement Remodeling project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.
The approximate costs and value of a typical Basement 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 description||Replace and update finish materials in existing basement. Waterproof and insulate walls. Update flooring, electric circuits and lighting. Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality.|
|Project size||600 square feet|
|Material and labor cost||$7,722 - $9,009|
|Material cost||$4,275 - $4,988|
|Do-it-yourself assessment||The typical Basement Remodeling project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Basement 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 - ROI||Results 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 Basement Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more of its initial cost.|
|First year Return on Investment - ROI||Returns 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 Basement Remodeling project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost|
|Green rating||Basement Remodeling projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.|
The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Basement Remodeling. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Basement 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 Basement Remodeling project cost and quality.
Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Basement Remodeling project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.
|Task||Service Provider||Time||Difficulty||Basic Cost Range|
|Develop Basement Ideas||Interior Designer||5 to 15 d||$516 - $862|
|Complete Basement Design||Architect||5 to 15 d||$1,545 - $2,580|
|Specify Materials||Interior Designer||2 to 15 d||$258 - $431|
|Remove Flooring||Demolition Laborer||1 d||$0.97 - $1.62 per square foot|
|Remove Construction Debris||Garbage and Rubbish Hauler||1 d||$15.65 - $26.13 per cubic yard|
|Frame Basement Walls||Carpenter||1 to 2 d||$4.86 - $8.39 per square foot|
|Prepare Basement Flooring||Flooring Contractor||1 d||$11.33 - $19.33 per square foot|
|Install Appliance Circuit||Electrician||1 to 2 d||$574 - $975|
|Insulate Basement Walls||Insulation Contractor||1 d||$3.03 - $5.47 per square foot|
|Insulate Basement Ceiling||Insulation Contractor||1 d||$2.00 - $3.52 per square foot|
|Install Sheetrock||Drywall and Plaster Contractor||1 to 2 d||$1.26 - $2.18 per square foot|
|Skim Coat||Drywall Contractor||1 to 2 d||$0.92 - $1.59 per square foot|
|Install Bifold Door||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$342 - $593 per door|
|Install Prehung Door||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$332 - $578 per door|
|Install Base Molding||Finish Carpenter||1 to 2 d||$6.18 - $10.74 per linear foot|
|Install Door Casing||Finish Carpenter||1 to 2 d||$5.34 - $9.18 per linear foot|
|Paint Rooms||Painting Contractor||1 to 3 d||$5.74 - $9.79 per square foot|
|Install Linoleum Flooring||Flooring Contractor||1 d||$3.34 - $6.17 per square foot|
|Install Ceiling Lighting||Electrician||1 d||$230 - $397|
|Install Electric Baseboard Heater||Electrician||1 d||$287 - $496|
Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Basement Remodeling project plan.
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