Home renovation cost estimator

The most useful tool to calculate your home renovation costs for free. Just follow a few steps to get your remodel cost in minutes!

The most useful tool to calculate your home renovation costs for free.
Just follow a few steps to get your remodel cost in minutes!

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About Kukun's estimator

Kukun's home renovation cost estimator is a useful tool to help you calculate your remodeling costs and the ROI of home improvement projects instantly. The calculations are based on your zip code as well as relevant parameters that affect the total house renovation cost.

Simply enter your specifications and the result will give you a realistic estimate of your total home remodel cost in minutes.

Some of the project costs that can be estimated include:

Getting an estimate through Kukun’s home remodel cost estimator is easy. Just follow the steps below to get your personalized total remodel cost in minutes! Here are some general steps with their options:

Step 1: Project Selection
Choose the project/projects you want to estimate the cost for. Our home renovation calculator will estimate the cost of each project and the return on your renovation investment.

Step 2: Type of Remodel
Choose the applicable type of home improvement

Addition: Adding new square footage to the house. If your remodel requires any new foundation, this is your go-to option

Renovation: Remodeling without any change to the walls.

Expansion: Expanding the existing area by moving walls within or outside the perimeter of the house

Step 3: Size of Space

Choose an applicable size from the below options

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Custom: Measurements according to your specifications

Step 4: Scope of Project

Choose the scope of work

  • Cosmetic Changes: This level is perfect for those who are preparing to sell their home and tends to be cosmetic in nature so the home will present well. It offers the best return on your investment without needing a permit. Usually, it includes work such as adding flooring, countertops, faucets, a new toilet, light fixtures or a paint job.
  • Typical Renovation: This level involves mostly new work and materials, from the drywall to fixtures and hardware. Depending on the type of the room, it could include new electrical or plumbing work, HVAC, tile work, hardwood flooring, etc. Note that a permit is required if walls are moved or anything is done with the plumbing or electrical.
  • Down to the Studs: This level of renovation includes everything from the Typical Renovation, plus some interior structural rearrangement. In addition, it could mean installing new doors and windows, and custom materials. That translates to longer lead times and stretched job timelines. Here, you will require a permit. This is the level you need to strip all your walls.

Step 5: Finish Levels

Choose the desired finish level

  • Budget-friendly: The budget-friendly option is an economical finish level and gives you the feeling you get when you step into a newly built home.
  • Mid-range: Mid-range finish level is higher end, and includes higher quality materials and more personalized options such as recessed lighting, quality appliances, etc.
  • High-end: Here, materials are high-end and customized to your tastes. Every material will be differentiated and may take a little longer to put together, but the finished product will be amazing.

Step 6: Property Details
Simply enter the full address to get the ROI/recoup value of your property along with the renovation cost estimate, or give your zip code to get your house renovation cost estimate.

You will get an almost accurate estimate for all your remodeling projects. You can even play around with your selections to arrive at a figure that best meets your budget.

With this estimate, you can analyze your finance options and apply for a loan by comparing offers from our trusted lending partners.

Wait, there’s more. We even offer you options for professional remodeling contractors near you. You can conveniently explore each contractor's profile, check out their online reviews, and view all their previous permits and type of work before hiring them.

Whether you are stripping walls, adding square footage or simply upgrading your home, your first step is to estimate the budget of your planned renovation.

On average, home renovation costs vary between $18,000 to $70,000, with high-end projects costing up to $150,000. However, the actual overall cost of your house renovation project will vary according to a lot of factors.

Your final cost will depend on several factors, including the number of rooms and the total square feet, the size of these rooms, the current condition of your property, material and local labor charges, your zip code, the scope of your renovation, etc.

For example, a bathroom remodel cost can range from $8,000 to $13,000 for a small bathroom with dimensions around 5? x 8?. For a large master bathroom with dimensions around 10? x 12?, your renovation cost can be around $40,000 to $50,000, depending on where you live and the cost of materials you choose.

Keep in mind that since older homes typically have outdated plumbing and electrical wiring, it will make the remodel more costly and time-consuming. Also, the cost per square foot increases for bigger houses.

Here are some tips to make the process easy and quick:

  • Organize your renovation with thorough research in terms of all the requirements. Collect as much information from your neighbours and friends as possible.
  • Set a realistic home remodeling budget. Always include leeway for some surprise costs. Experts believe that you should add 20% extra to the existing price range.
  • Consult your calendar. Set an end date and work your way backward.
  • Plan your home remodeling during an off-season. Avoiding the spring and summer rushes will be kinder on your wallet.
  • Work only with expert contractors who you trust. A professional finish goes a long way in adding to the beauty and value of your home.
  • Know which tasks you can safely tackle, and which should be handled by the pros, such as adding or removing a potentially load-bearing wall, or dealing with asbestos or lead paint.
  • Keep in mind that your contractor should have expertise in all areas of home remodeling: construction, plumbing, electrical and lighting.
  • Always ask for references. Don’t rely solely on client testimonials. Talk to actual customers who can give you their firsthand accounts and answer all your questions.
  • Always, always, check your local building code for permit requirements as well as building inspections. Generally, most structural changes require permits.
  • Make your house remodel as simple as possible. Declutter, pack up and move any items away from the renovation zone during the process.
  • Ensure the safety of your kids, elderty family members and pets.
  • Plan for outages in advance. Your remodeling might require you to shut the water and/or electricity off.
  • Choose quality materials for the project even if they come at a higher price. There will be less repair work in the future.
  • Get a written contract from your contractor with a warranty or guarantee, details of the complete schedule, deadlines for milestones and the payment process.
  • Maintain a timeline in order to manage a seamless job.

These steps will help you avoid unexpected hassles and issues and make your home remodeling project run smoothly.

Most renovations, whether large-scale or small, add value to a property. Even if you do partial updates, such as replacing kitchen cabinets or painting the kitchen walls, instead of undertaking an entire kitchen remodel, it can increase your home’s value significantly.

When it comes to remodeling projects, you should aim at getting at least 60% return on your investment or ROI. The best way to begin your home remodeling journey is to consult an experienced local realtor. The reason is that, returns on investment vary depending on the local real estate market, and the specific neighborhood.

Whether you’re giving a makeover to an investment property or your own dream home, it’s a smart move to invest in remodels that have the highest ROI. Home improvement projects that greatly increase the curb appeal and functionality of the house, are generally the most value-enhancing.

Bathroom and kitchen remodeling give one of the highest return on investment -- almost up to 69% to 85% of what you spend. According to the National Builders Association, a half bathroom addition can boost the value of an average house by 10.5% while a full bathroom addition can boost the house value by 20%.

In terms of exterior remodeling, siding replacement and home roof replacement bring in the highest ROI. Replacing old siding can get you upto 79% ROI while a new roof can add as much as 109% ROI.

Replacing windows and doors, yard landscaping, and deck installation are a close second with 70% to 85% ROI.

In terms of interior remodeling, a fresh coat of paint on the walls is one of the most effective ways to boost the value and appeal of your property. That too without spending too much.

Other remodeling projects to consider are finishing the basement, attic conversion, and building a garage. Interestingly, updating the internal systems of your house, including plumbing system, heating and cooling, and sewage system can significantly improve your home value.

How much you spend on your home renovation project depends on the condition of the house, additions you want, and what’s comparable to your neighborhood values. It’s a good idea to invest enough to match your lifestyle requirements. You also need to keep your home’s value close to the values of the surrounding homes.

So, when it comes to budgeting for a renovation, don’t let your emotions cloud your judgement. Keep in mind that an expensive remodel that costs tens of thousands of dollars needn't necessarily bring in a high ROI. A good home renovation calculator will help you with your budgeting and cost factors.

DO NOT spend more than what the room is worth when compared to the overall house value. For example, a kitchen’s value is 15% of the total house value. So, you shouldn’t spend more than $50,000 on a complete kitchen remodel. A master bathroom is worth 10% of the total house value. So, don’t spend more than $40,000 on a complete bathroom remodel.

A small bathroom or a powder room is valued at 5% of the total house value. A room addition is valued at 1% to 3% of the total home value. A finished attic and finished basement are worth 10% to 15% of the total house value. A new roof is typically worth 2% to 4% of the house value and doesn’t warrant a renovation cost of more than $8,000 to 12,000. You get the drift, right?

It’s quite natural for homeowners, undertaking a whole house renovation, to wonder where to begin their remodeling from. The answer to that depends on the extent of damage, your remodeling budget, the scope of the renovation, your time frame, and whether you're renovating to sell your house or want to live there for years to come.

Here are a few guidelines to help your get started on a remodeling plan:

  • The first step is to fix all the problem areas of your house after a thorough home inspection. Address serious issues such as a leaky roof, mold and mildew, water damage, broken windows, a non-functional furnace or water heater, or any other structural problem.
  • Next, improve the look and functionality of your new home. Tackle a bathroom or kitchen renovation at this stage.
  • If you’re strapped for cash, consider just cosmetic updates such as adding a fresh coat of paint, replacing bathroom or kitchen sinks and hardware, refacing cabinets, adding crown moldings and good lighting.
  • Consider replacing your existing flooring in the entire home or of rooms that witness a lot of foot traffic.
  • Make your home more green and energy efficient -- perhaps by using an energy efficient roof like a metal roof, solar panels, new windows, insulation, and energy efficient kitchen appliances.
  • Install new siding, add new landscaping, build a deck, or add an outdoor patio.
  • If you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your home, you can install radiant heat flooring, a swimming pool or a Jacuzzi tub.

A whole house renovation can take anywhere from two to eight months. Of course, the exact timeline depends on a ton of factors. Your general contractor will be able to give you a more specific timeline.

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How much you spend on remodeling per square foot depends on the level of remodel you want. Needless to say, a low-end reno will cost you a lot less than a mid-range or a luxury renovation.

In the case of regular rooms, such as a home office, bedroom, or living room -- the remodeling cost per square foot is $20 to $35. A bathroom remodel costs more at $40 to $90 per square foot. A kitchen remodel is even more expensive at $50 to $100 per square foot.

High-end remodel costs can go as high as $200 to $300 per square foot. The cost of fully gutting and remodeling a house ranges between $100 and $200 per square foot as it involves demolition work, structural and foundation work, as well as construction permits and dump fees. For a 2,000 square feet home, a gut remodel will cost a minimum of $100,000.

Completely remodeling a 3-bedroom house can cost you $20,000 to $100,000 -- depending on what needs to be done. It’s possible to renovate parts of your house for less than $50,000. The total cost will depend on the room's location, the type of room it is, and the cost of materials and labor. A DIY project instead of hiring professionals can decrease the costs even more. This is where a remodel cost estimator helps you create a feasible budget according to these factors.

The cost of a whole house renovation, for a 2,000 to 2,5000 square feet house, starts at around $50,000. This amount can give you all the major improvements. If you go a step ahead at $75,000, you may be able to include a full kitchen and bathroom renovation, higher end flooring, new windows, siding, roof, and a new deck.

A word of advice though, while considering quantity vs quality, always choose quality materials as they will last you longer.

Here’s a look at the average remodeling cost estimates based on house sizes:

Total Square Footage Average Home Remodel Cost
1,000 sq.ft. $ 18,000 to 25,000
1,500 sq.ft $ 30,000 to 40,000
2,000 sq.ft. $ 45,000 to 55,000
2,500 sq.ft. $ 50,000 to 70,000
3,000 sq.ft $ 60,000 to 85,000
4,000 sq.ft. $ 80,000 to 100,000
5,000 sq.ft. $ 120,000 to 150,000
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