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Budgeting for house renovations: Costs you should consider

by Zena Hunt 11/23/2022

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Many homeowners wonder, "How much do house renovations cost?" While the answer can be different for every project, there are some common factors you can use to estimate the cost of your own home renovation. 

Whether you're intending to save money on anything from a whole house renovation to a simple bathroom renovation, it pays to know how much you'll pay.

Cost to completely renovate a house

Average house renovation costs range anywhere from $15,000 – $200,000. The list of variables involved in determining the cost for a full home renovation is exhaustive, as many expenses depend on entirely unique situations.

Generally, the final cost will depend on the types of structural changes required, the price of materials and labor per square foot, location and any unforeseen problems that might arise during the process.

Renovating a house by room

If you're renovating a home room by room, contractors usually recommend dividing the rooms into two categories: dry and wet.

Dry rooms are those without any plumbing work involved, such as bedrooms, offices and living rooms. Wet rooms involve a water source and include kitchens, bathrooms and even outdoor rooms.

Dry rooms usually require fewer steps to completely renovate, while kitchens and bathrooms need more than just new walls and flooring. 

Home renovation costs by project

The most common renovation projects include:

  • Kitchen remodel.
  • Bathroom remodel.
  • New flooring.
  • Window replacement.
  • Roof replacement.
  • Exterior painting or siding repair.

Any room remodel typically involves painting walls and floors, installation of insulation, drywall molding and door replacements and crown molding.

Other costs, like furniture moving, contractor fees and temporary lodging also factor into your final budget. Average home renovation costs can also vary drastically from one location to the next, and depend on the type of property you own.

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To get the clearest sense of how much your project will cost, consult multiple contractors for estimates. By shopping around for the best deal - and best financing options - you can make the best possible decision for your financial future.

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Zena Hunt

As a RE/MAX® agent, I’m dedicated to helping my clients find the home of their dreams. Whether you are buying or selling a home or just curious about the local market, I would love to offer my support and services. I know the local community — both as an agent and a neighbor — and can help guide you through the nuances of our local market. With access to top listings, a worldwide network, exceptional marketing strategies and cutting-edge technology, I work hard to make your real estate experience memorable and enjoyable.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me today!