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How Much Does a Whole House Remodel Cost?

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How Much Does a Whole House Remodel Cost?

Remodeling your home can increase its value and improve comfort, style, and function for your family. The scope and features of your remodel will help determine the contractors, materials, skills, and equipment needed for the job, which will contribute to its overall cost. Consult with your designer or contractor to plan and budget for each phase and aspect of your renovation.

Average Prices

Areas to Renovate

The cost to remodel various rooms in your home will vary with their size, condition, and finishes, but the general characteristics of some spaces can help indicate the expense of remodeling. Updating some rooms may require the skills of several contractors to work on systems or structure, while others can be refreshed with cosmetic updates. Including a kitchen in your remodel may cost $18462, compared to $4316 for a bathroom, $1874 for a laundry area, $6204 for a basement, and $8113 for a garage. Often simpler to update, living room renovations cost an average of $2201 and dining rooms  $1938, compared to $974 for a hallway, $2394 for a staircase, and $1802 for an office.


Features Included in Remodel Project

The finishes and features you select for your remodeling project play an important role in planning for the cost of the job. Special skills, manpower, or time needed to accommodate some installations can add to expenses and affect the scope of the project. Your general contractor can evaluate your plans to determine if specialized subcontractors will be needed, such as an electrician, plumber, finish carpenter, or home theater technician. Service rates vary with specific features, but average $3417 for flooring changes, $12827 for cabinet installations, $1039 for counters, $4216 for windows, $1733 for doors, $1197 for skylights, and $804 for lighting. Including fireplace upgrades in your remodel may cost $1433, while adding built-in shelving, furniture, or cabinetry averages $981 compared to $2217 for renovating closets. Installing or changing trim and moulding costs about $2019 nationally, while installing appliances may cost $2202, and a sound system, $1504. The cost of improvements to structure and systems will be influenced by their condition and the type of changes, with improvements to walls costing an average of $947, compared to $1203 for ceilings and $2362 for plumbing.


Home Size

Remodeling costs can vary widely with the scope of a project and the nature of upgrades that are included, but the overall size of your home may help you plan for the expense of the job. Whole-house remodels on homes less than 1,000 square feet generally cost about $18347, while it may cost $22417 to update a home of 1,000-2,000 sq. ft., $28904 for 2,000-3,000 sq. ft., and $36121 for homes between 3,000 and 4,000 sq. ft.


Age of Home

The complexity of some aspects of your remodel may be affected by the age of your home. In newer houses, accessing and changing wiring, plumbing, ventilation, and framing is often simpler than in older buildings, and the overall condition of younger structures may require less repair and improvement to accommodate upgrades and modernization. Discuss with your contractor how the characteristics, condition, and age of your home may contribute to remodeling costs, since bringing an older home up-to-date may be a more complex and time consuming project than updating a newer building.


Building Permits

Many home remodeling projects require building permits, which are issued by municipalities. Requirements and fees vary by location, but your contractor or local code enforcement office can help determine which aspects of your project require permits. If permits are already in place, work can proceed with average costs of $20641, but if your contractor must secure permits, the additional time involved may increase costs to $21794. Failing to obtain proper permits can result in costly delays and fines which will add to the overall costs of your remodel, so be sure to address the issue before starting any related projects.


Planning for a Whole-House Remodel

Depending on the scale and features of your remodeling project, the process can be time consuming and disruptive, but also very rewarding for your entire family. Your contractor can help you evaluate the variety of factors that will influence the complexity and cost of the job, from the age and size of your home to the features and upgrades you select. Thorough planning can help you anticipate the expense and difficulty of your renovation.


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If you are ready to line up a Pro for a home remodel, contact a remodeling contractor in your area to discuss the job. All of the Pros in our network have been background checked and our in-house staff has verified their credentials and insurance coverage. Hiring a trusted Pro can give you the assurance the job will be done right, every step of the way.

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