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Typical Range: $18,450 - $75,685

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Home Renovation and Remodel Costs

Home renovations and remodels average $46,374 with most homes falling between $18,450 and $75,685. Kitchens, bathrooms and any structural or mechanical repairs eat most of the budget. Kitchens alone run $25,000 on average. Bathrooms ring in at $10,000. Basements take another $20,000. Add 20% to all home renovation budgets for overage and unseen problems you’ll uncover as you go.

There are many factors and multiple variations that contribute to the bottom line, including:

  • Size of each room.
  • Underlying problems.
  • Cost of materials.
  • Extent of the remodel.

Estimating costs on how to remodel a house is a daunting task. Appliances, cabinetry and any structural repairs top the list of expenses with labor following closely behind. To give you a good starting point, we’ve gathered information on some of the most popular remodeling projects.

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Typical Range $18,450 - $75,685
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Cost to Renovate a House Per Square Foot

Renovating a house costs $10 to $60 per square foot on average but you might spend up to $150 per square foot. It really depends on the room and where you live.

  • Kitchens and bathrooms cost the most.
  • Bedrooms, living rooms and basements fall on the lower end.
  • Urban areas with higher costs of living might end up double what you’d pay in a more rural place.

Whole House Renovation Costs

For the average 2,500 square foot home, a whole home renovation costs anywhere from $15,000 to $200,000. To break that range down a little further:

  • Low end: $15,000-$45,000. Includes inexpensive updates like trim, paint, landscaping, inexpensive flooring and counters.
  • Mid range: $46,000-$70,000. On top of the low end options, you’ll probably add a full kitchen or bath remodel and possibly higher end flooring.
  • High end: $71,000-$200,000. Includes everything found in the low and mid range projects, plus custom or high end cabinetry and appliances. You’ll possibly make some structural alterations with updates to the layout. Your contractor might fix or add electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems and make foundation repairs.
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Multiple Room Refurbishing or Restoration Prices

You’ll spend an average of $20 per square foot to remodel multiple rooms. It really depends on the room. With appliances, cabinets and counters, it’s not uncommon for kitchens to exceed $100 a square foot. On the other hand, bedrooms which only need paint and flooring might only run $10 per square foot.

Remodeling even one room can seem like an overwhelming prospect but tackling multiple rooms or a whole house remodel requires careful planning, preparation and budgeting. Your price will vary depending on which rooms you update.

Renovation Cost Breakdown by Home Type

While you might spend anywhere between $10 to $200 per square foot for your renovation, it’ll range depending on several factors besides just home type:

  • Location
  • Appliance upgrades
  • Material choices
Renovation Cost Estimator Per Square Foot
Home TypeCost Per Square Foot
Condo$75-$100
Apartment$25-$40
Row House$25-$75
Farmhouse$10-$50
Townhouse$10-$35
Victorian*$20-$200
Historical*Varies
*See next section on renovation considerations.

Old House Renovation Costs

Besides the $25,000 to $75,000 the average homeowner spends on a home renovation, you’ll likely run into other issues with older homes. In general, the older the home, the more hidden costs may be lurking behind those doors and walls. For example, older homes may require additional work to bring wiring, plumbing and other features up to date, making your remodel a more expensive, time-consuming prospect.

  • Code requirements. When you do a remodel, you’re required to bring everything up to current code specifications. This almost always means all new plumbing and new wiring.
  • Historic homes. You generally want to keep historic homes looking the same to maintain property value. Different municipalities have different policies governing what you can and can’t do during a home renovation on a historic home or a home in a historic district. Always contact your local zoning office for guidance. Historic homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places might qualify for special grants and other assistance to maintain the property but don’t always restrict what you can do during a remodel.

Home Additions & Adding Square Footage

Building a home addition costs $21,000 to $70,000 on average but can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000, with homeowners spending an average of $40,900. Again, this all depends on the extent of the addition and the finishing materials you choose.

Removing interior walls and adding square footage are two popular renovations that can make a big difference in how you use your space. Like any project, you can expect to encounter a range of complexity and corresponding prices.

  • Removing walls costs $300-$10,000. It ranges depending on whether it’s load bearing or not. Load bearing walls help support the home, which means removing them requires careful planning with the guidance of a structural engineer and fall on the high end of the range. Removing a non load bearing wall usually falls under $1,000
  • Rewiring a home costs $3,000-$20,000. You’ll pay on the lower end with new additions since the walls are already open.
  • Installing plumbing costs $400-$1,900. If you have older pipes, you might want to upgrade when you put in new walls.

Home Renovation Cost Estimator by House Size

Likewise, the larger your home, the more you can expect to pay for remodeling multiple rooms. For example, remodeling a whole house that’s smaller than 1,000 square feet costs an average of $18,350, while a 3,000 to 4,000 square foot home costs an average of $75,000+.

A home’s size doesn’t always equal the number of rooms. For example, a 1,000 square foot house with 3 bedrooms can cost far less than a 4,000 square foot open concept with only two bedrooms.

Remodeling Cost Estimator by House Size
Square FeetTypical RangeAverage Cost
1,000$10,000-$60,000$19,000
1,500$15,000-$90,000$37,500
2,000$20,000-$120,000$50,000
2,500$25,000-$150,000$62,000
3,000$30,000-$180,000$75,000
4,000$40,000-$240,000$100,000
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Cost to Remodel a House

Home remodels cost anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000 or more depending on what you do. Keep in mind that many of your renovations not only add to your ability to enjoy your home, but they also often add resale value and equity. You can expect anywhere from 40% to 80% return on most remodel projects.

To give you a foundation of what to expect, look at some of the average costs for some of the most popular renovations.

Whole House Remodel Costs by Room
Exterior$5,000-$15,000
Kitchen$4,500-$50,000
Bathroom$6,000-$35,000
Living Room or Bedroom$1,500-$5,500
Basement$11,000-$30,000
Roof$5,500-$10,500
Total House$33,500-$150,000

Full Home Remodeling Prices

Remodeling your whole home costs anywhere from $33,500 to $150,000. A few factors that affect the price of the whole house include:

  • Your location.
  • Quality of materials.
  • Size of your home.

House Exterior

Remodeling your homes exterior runs $5,000 to $15,000 on average. Exterior painting costs $1,800 to $4,000. Most remodels also include redoing siding and some landscaping. Landscaping costs an additional $1,400 to $5,500.

Kitchen

Kitchen remodels cost an average of $100 to $200 per square foot. The average cost of kitchen remodels comes in at $20,000, with homeowners spending anywhere from $4,500 for small kitchen remodels to $50,000 or more for high end projects.

Kitchen Budget Breakdown*
Cabinetry/hardware30%
Installation17%
Appliances14%
Countertops10%
Flooring7%
Lighting5%
Walls & Ceilings5%
Design & Engineering Fees4%
Doors & Windows4%
Plumbing4%
*The National Kitchen and Bath Association

The caliber of the materials you choose has a huge impact on the look of your kitchen and the cost. For example, consider the following average costs in each major category:

Kitchen Renovation Costs
Cabinet CostsStock$80-$400
Semi-custom$150-$1,000
Custom$500-$1,500
Refinished$1,400-$3,500
Countertop CostsStone$4,000-$7,000
Laminate$1,200-$2,000
Solid surface$1,500-$3,000
Concrete$2,600-$5,300
Flooring CostsLaminate$1,300
Vinyl$1,000
Stone$1,400
Wood$4,000

Common Kitchen Renovations

There’s a wide range of options for every kitchen remodel budget. Below is a list of some popular projects based on the scale of the remodeling job.

  • Small: $5,000-$30,000. Upgrading lighting, faucets, paint, trim and budget friendly backsplashes, counter extensions and knocking down non load bearing walls
  • Mid-Range: $30,000-$65,000. Upgrading appliances, new floors, adding a new tile backsplash, new cabinets, new moderately priced counters.
  • High End: $65,000+. Custom cabinetry, stone or granite counters, high end EnergyStar appliances, new overhead lighting, hardwood flooring and a new sink and faucet.
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Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom runs $80 to $150 per square foot. In total, bathroom remodeling costs $6,000 to $35,000 or more. New cabinets alone take up 30% of the price.

Like kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling projects come with a wide range of prices depending on the caliber of the cabinets, counters and fixtures you choose. The following list provides an estimation of what each component runs, depending on whether you choose basic, mid range or high end options.

Bathroom Remodeling Costs
 Low to Mid RangeHigh End
Bathtub$400-$4,100$6,000-$8,000
Cabinets$1,200-$7,000$8,000-$13,000
Countertops$900-$4,100$5,000-$6,500
Flooring$800-$3,600$5,000-$7,000
Lighting Fixtures$120-$1,700$2,500-$4,000
Shower$450-$4,800$6,000-$10,000
Sink$190-$2,300$3,500-$6,500
Toilet$130-$500$550-$800
Total$4,190-$28,100$36,550-$55,800

Living Room & Bedroom Remodeling Costs

Living rooms and bedrooms make budget friendly reno projects at $1,500 to $5,500, usually needing only paint and flooring updates. Living rooms, including dens and family rooms, tend to have more space, so might creep closer to $5,000.

You can think of your home’s rooms in two ways, wet and dry. Wet rooms include anything with water running to them like kitchens, bathrooms, saunas and some utility closets. These tend to fall on the high end of a reno budget. Dry rooms like bedrooms and living rooms typically only need paint and flooring, with one notable exception: the fireplace.

Basement

Basement remodels cost $11,000 to $30,000 with an average of $19,000. Some projects can get over $40,000.

Remodeling the basement can be a very big job, depending on the condition of the area and the remodeling house plan. Factors such as installing floors, building walls, adding electrical or plumbing lines and furnishing the room all contribute to the overall price.

One of the priciest remodel options involves adding a bathroom in the basement, which requires hiring a plumber, installing plumbing and choosing all the necessary fixtures.

Roof

Roof replacement costs $5,500 to $10,500, with an average of $7,000. Although they tend to last 20 to 30 years, you might want to update it with the rest of the house. The final price depends on factors such as the roof size, roof pitch, the type of application and the materials.

Roof Update Costs by Material
Asphalt shingles$1,700-$8,400
Wood shake$6,800-$20,000
Simulated wood shake$12,600-$18,900
Steel and aluminum$5,100-$24,200
Copper$25,500-$39,600
Tile$7,650-$60,000
Slate$17,000-$120,000

Average Cost to Gut & Remodel a House

It’ll cost $100,000 to $200,000 to gut and remodel a house. This includes all the demolition work, structural improvements to the foundation and walls, a new roof, new electrical and plumbing, and all new finishings and appliances.

Gut Renovation Costs per Square Foot

It’ll cost anywhere from $100 to $200 per square foot for a gut and renovation. But you’re basically getting a new house, minus the studs and foundation.

Cost to Gut a House

Gutting or demolishing a home’s interior costs $1,200 to $4,700 with a high end of about $10,000. Total price includes all tear out and removal of debris and any permits or dumping fees.

Refurbishing and Remodeling Costs by Location

NYC, New York$21,000-$90,000
Boston, Massachusetts$18,000-$66,000
Chicago, Illinois$20,500-$64,000
Honolulu, Hawaii$24,000-$74,000
Los Angeles, California$48,000-$115,000
Denver, Colorado$13,000-$56,000
Dallas, Texas$15,000-$48,000
Atlanta, Georgia$16,000-$62,000
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Cost Factors to Updating Your Home

When you get estimates from potential contractors, it’s important to discuss all the potential extras that could contribute to the overall price of this project.

Permits

Building permits cost $400 to $1,800. Before you begin any remodeling home projects, check with your local authorities to determine the permits you’ll need. Most state and local authorities require permits to make sure all the work is done according to building codes. To save time and money, get all the necessary permits before beginning work.

Permits are frequently required for:

  • New Construction
  • Additions
  • Major Renovations
  • Structural Changes
  • Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Work

Construction or Labor Rates

Labor rates for various trades range from $20 to $150 per hour or more. If you’re acting as your own general contractor, overseeing and coordinating the project, you’ll need to know these subcontractor rates:

General contractor costs10% to 20% of the total project
Architect fees$2,000-$9,000
Interior Designer fees$2,000-$7,000
Kitchen designer rates$3,500-$20,000
Painter hourly rates$20-$50 per hour
Plumber hourly rates$70-$120 per hour
Electrician rates$50-$100 per hour
HVAC Technician$50-$150 per hour
Landscaper costs$1,300-$5,300

Plumbing

The average cost of hiring a plumber is $300. Plumbers may charge by the job or by the hour. Average hourly costs range from $45 to $150, although calling a plumber for an emergency or after hours project typically costs more.

Electrical

The average cost of hiring an electrician is $350. Like plumbers, many electricians charge by the hour. Typical costs range from $50 to $100 per hour, depending on the amount of experience the electrician has and the intricacy of the work.

Changing the Floorplan of a House

Structural engineers cost $300 to $700. If you’re planning an addition, changing the stairs or knocking down load-bearing walls, you’d be well advised to consult with a structural engineer to make sure your plans can be completed safely. 

HVAC

HVAC costs range from $500 to $7,200 or more. You have many different options when it comes to choosing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units. Popular brands include Amana, American Standard, Carrier, Coleman and Lennox, all of which retail for $1,900 to $4,900.

Other common tasks and average costs associated with your in-home climate control options are as follows:

Appliances

Appliances cost anywhere from $200 to $10,000 or more. When it comes to appliances, you have a lot to consider. While the costs can easily skyrocket, limiting your options to bare bone basics can be counterproductive.

For example, if you love to cook, splurging on a six burner stove will enhance your enjoyment and the functionality of your kitchen. Likewise, opting for pricier EnergyStar appliances can ultimately save you money on your energy bills.

Stainless steel remains a trend-driven finish that’s popular with many homeowners. Other stainless appliance finish options include smudge-resistant slate, black, white and ivory. Some homeowners opt for colorful appliances to add a fun pop to the kitchen.

The following list includes estimated costs based on appliance categories:

  • Basic/Discount: $100-$2,000 depending on the number of features
  • High End Store Bought Appliances: $300-$5,000
  • EnergyStar Appliances: $200-$3,500
  • Custom Built-in Appliances: $1,000-$10,000

Cost to Rehab a Home

Rehabbing a house costs anywhere from $20,000 to $75,000 on average. Total gut and replace might run as much as $200,000. Often used interchangeably with remodeling or renovating, rehabbing is a process that usually involves repairs or cleanup.

Home Renovations & Remodeling on a Budget

If you’re looking to remodel on a budget, consider that appliances, cabinetry and countertops are your big ticket items. Reuse appliances and refinish surfaces whenever possible. Consider a few of these options to keep your costs down.

FAQs

What’s the difference between a house rehab, remodel and renovation?

Rehab, renovate and remodel are often used interchangeably. However, rehabs tend to imply extensive repairs and cleanup.

How do I estimate renovation costs?

The best way to estimate renovation costs is to talk to an interior designer, architect or general contractor.

How much should I spend on a home renovation?

How much you spend on your renovation depends on what you want and what’s comparable to your neighborhood values. Since you might get back up to 80% on some remodeling projects, it’s better to invest enough to match your homes standards and values.

How much remodeling can be done with $100,000?

You can typically get a higher end remodel with $100,000. In smaller homes, you might even be able to get a complete gut and renovate.

How much is the cost of renovating a 100-year-old house?

The cost of renovating a 100-year-old home depends on a large variety of factors including its historical value and the quality of the original build. You’ll also need to consider electrical, plumbing and HVAC updates to meet current code requirements.

Is it cheaper to remodel or build a new house?

It’s generally cheaper to remodel a house than to build a new one.

How long does it take to completely renovate a house?

A complete renovation can take anywhere from a 2 to 8 months depending on a ton of factors. You’ll need to talk to your contractor for a specific timetable.

How much do home improvements or repairs cost?

Home improvement costs include a wide range of projects that might cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands. Major home repairs cost $4,000 to $18,500.

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