Find Out How Much Your Home Remodel Will Cost

Many hopeful homebuyers seek to save money by buying a fixer-upper and doing most of the renovations themselves. This is a proven method for those who have a knack for home improvement and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.

However, estimating the cost of a remodel can be difficult. There are many costs you may not be aware of, and others that are easy to go over budget on.

In this article, we’re going to talk about the cost of an average remodel, and some lesser-known costs that you might be forgetting to factor into your budget.

Average remodeling costs

As you might guess, the cost of a remodel can vary greatly. Things like the size of the home, the number of rooms you’re remodeling, and the type of repairs you’ll be making all factor into the equation.

Some repairs can be quite costly. Septic system replacements can cost several thousands of dollars depending on the type of system you need. And, if you’re buying an old home, you’ll need to look out for expensive fixes like asbestos removal and foundation damage.

According to one report, most Americans spent between $17,000 and $61,000 on their remodel, with the average renovation cost being around $37,000.

If you’re hiring a contractor for the bulk of your remodel, expect them to charge between 10% and 15% of the total cost.

Lesser known costs of a home renovation

Remodeling a home isn’t as simple as looking up a contractor and telling them to give you the bill once it’s finished, and that’s probably a good thing because odds are you would be shocked by the cost.

First, you’ll pay a contractor to do a walkthrough and estimate costs. Next, you’ll need to get any permits that are required for your renovations.

If you plan on doing the renovations yourself, there are a few costs you’ll need to consider. First, understand that you likely won’t be able to take advantage of all of the discounts that contractors can, meaning your building materials may be more expensive than expected. Similarly, the cost of tools for the project adds up quickly. And, when you make mistakes–we all do, we’re only human–you’ll be paying for it out of pocket.

Knowing your long term goals

An important consideration for a remodel is to look toward the future. Do you want to sell your home within the next few years? If so, you might consider going with less expensive materials–such as generic kitchen cabinets rather than custom-built–to save money while still increasing the value of the home.

However, if you plan on being in this home for decades or more, it may be worth the extra money now to make sure you are happy with your home for years to come.

Remodeling a home can be a memorable and rewarding endeavor. You get the chance to take a house that you see potential in and make it truly your own. Now that you know the costs, you’ll be better prepared for planning your home renovation.

Single-Family – 14 Stephen Ave Dracut, MA 01826 is now new to the market!

Beautifully maintained Cape home in desirable Dracut neighborhood! Updated Kitchen and Bath 2015, New Roof 2009, 2 car garage renovated 2010, Heating system converted to Gas 2009. Hardwood throughout first level. Handicap accessible with roll in shower, ramp, and lift to and from basement. Vinyl siding, Fenced in yard, Large deck off the back, great for Summer BBQs, and entertaining. Large 4-season porch with tile flooring for additional living space. Showings begin at open house Sunday Dec. 17th 11am- 2pm. Bring your Buyers and Offers!!

This is a Cape style home and features 9 total rooms, 3 full baths, 4 bedrooms, 0.25 Acres, and is currently available for $379,900.

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Single-Family – 1A Cook Ave. Wilmington, MA 01887 is now new to the market!

Outstanding one of a kind property w/large rooms, 2 full baths.This home has been rebuilt from the studs out & from the studs in. It boasts 2 master bedrooms, one on the main floor, master w/en suite upstairs w/Juliet balcony. The cathedral ceilinged living room w/skylights is adorned with Douglas Fir beams & custom built ins. It also has a five zone sprinkler system, a tank less hot water system, well water so no more water bills, a pellet stove, wood stove and gas heat. It is situated in a very convenient area near everything close to highways & on a very private and secluded lot surrounded by woods. The oversized heated garage has 2 additions and enhanced electric. The kitchen, living room and pantry have hardwood floors. The second BR has wood pine floors. The two masters & family room are carpeted. Showings to begin at OPEN HOUSE Saturday Dec. 9, 12-2pm. All offers presented by Tuesday Dec. 12 @ 3pm. Please allow 48 hrs for response. Quick close possible.

This is a Ranch/Multi-Level style home and features 7 total rooms, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, 0.48 Acres, and is currently available for $479,900.

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Open house on 12/9/2017 at 1A Cook Ave. Wilmington, MA 01887


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Outstanding one of a kind property w/large rooms, 2 full baths.This home has been rebuilt from the studs out & from the studs in. It boasts 2 master bedrooms, one on the main floor, master w/en suite upstairs w/Juliet balcony. The cathedral ceilinged living room w/skylights is adorned with Douglas Fir beams & custom built ins. It also has a five zone sprinkler system, a tank less hot water system, well water so no more water bills, a pellet stove, wood stove and gas heat. It is situated in a very convenient area near everything close to highways & on a very private and secluded lot surrounded by woods. The oversized heated garage has 2 additions and enhanced electric. The kitchen, living room and pantry have hardwood floors. The second BR has wood pine floors. The two masters & family room are carpeted. Showings to begin at OPEN HOUSE Saturday Dec. 9, 12-2pm. All offers presented by Tuesday Dec. 12 @ 3pm. Please allow 48 hrs for response. Quick close possible.

Open house on 12/10/2017 at 9 Woodlawn Billerica, MA 01821


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New Construction now underway! Last one! Early spring delivery. You can preview it’s twin at 28 Endleigh Billerica, Endleigh went under contract in only 3 days! Don’t miss out, make your appointment for 9 Woodlawn now. Beautiful Open-Concept floor plan throughout the four finished living levels. Did you see our GLA? Chefs dream kitchen w/ upgraded Cabinets, peninsula, granite countertops, Energy Star Rated Stainless Steel Appliances. Need room? Here it is! All levels are well appointed designed for the active household! Three fabulous rooms for entertaining include, a fireplaced family room, 3rd floor bonus room, wide open finished lower level. Still time to make some color selections. Master Bedroom suite and a Jr suite are just two of the four spacious bedrooms.

Open house on 12/10/2017 at 3 Karen Circle Billerica, MA 01821


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This is your opportunity to own one of the larger, brighter corner units in this very conveniently located complex. Building has a newer roof and the unit has newer energy efficient windows and an over-sized balcony. Both bedrooms are large with great closet space.Fee INCLUDES HEAT, HOT WATER, & GAS for cooking Additional attic storage space available and laundry facilities in the lower level. This well maintained unit is within walking distance to town center, shopping, restaurants and the library and easy access to routes 3, 128 and 495.Showings to begin at first open house Dec. 10, 12-2 pm. All offers by Tuesday Dec. 12 by 3PM

Condo – 3 Karen Circle Unit 13 Billerica, MA 01821 is now new to the market!

This is your opportunity to own one of the larger, brighter corner units in this very conveniently located complex. Building has a newer roof and the unit has newer energy efficient windows and an over-sized balcony. Both bedrooms are large with great closet space.Fee INCLUDES HEAT, HOT WATER, & GAS for cooking Additional attic storage space available and laundry facilities in the lower level. This well maintained unit is within walking distance to town center, shopping, restaurants and the library and easy access to routes 3, 128 and 495.Showings to begin at first open house Dec. 10, 12-2 pm. All offers by Tuesday Dec. 12 by 3PM

This is a Garden/Low-Rise style home and features 4 total rooms, 1 full bath, 2 bedrooms, and is currently available for $189,900.

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Open house on 12/10/2017 at 21 Avila Rd Billerica, MA 01821


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Happy Holidays! Pride of Ownership lives here. Tucked away on a side street yet still close to the center of town and easy access to major routes. Meticulously maintained home is in excellent, move right in condition! Great kitchen with dining area and a fireplace in the living room. Spacious bedrooms on the top floor and an attic for storage. Finished lower level has a super playroom and lots of additional storage in the separate utility area. Fenced in yard with a garden shed and lots of parking for all of your guests!

Single-Family – 21 Avila Rd Billerica, MA 01821 is now new to the market!

Happy Holidays! Pride of Ownership lives here. Tucked away on a side street yet still close to the center of town and easy access to major routes. Meticulously maintained home is in excellent, move right in condition! Great kitchen with dining area and a fireplace in the living room. Spacious bedrooms on the top floor and an attic for storage. Finished lower level has a super playroom and lots of additional storage in the separate utility area. Fenced in yard with a garden shed and lots of parking for all of your guests!

This is a Colonial/Garrison style home and features 6 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.76 Acres, and is currently available for $399,900.

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New Appliances and Toilets Save Money on Water

Whether you’re environmentally conscious or just want to save a few dollars on your utility bills, there are simple ways to do both. One of the first steps to conserving electricity and water is to become more aware of when and how you’re using it.

A major challenge for many parents is to get their kids to turn off lights, appliances, and water faucets when they’re not using them. With persistence, you can hopefully get them to understand the importance of saving money, controlling costs, and conserving resources.

Dependable Old Appliances Are a Mixed Blessing

Toilets and household appliances can last much longer than their expected life span, but after a certain point, you’re getting diminishing returns. If your toilets are more than 25 years old, for example, you’re wasting gallons of water with every flush. Inefficient toilets from just a couple generations ago use as much as six gallons of water every time they’re flushed. According the Environmental Protection Agency, recent advances in toilet design are now enabling families to use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush while still getting superior performance. In dollars and cents, families that replace old, obsolete toilets with Watersense-certified models can save more than $110 a year (and nearly 13,000 gallons of water). The EPA says utilities may even offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price of a WaterSense labeled toilet. (As a side note, toilet use in homes accounts for nearly 30 percent of an average family’s indoor water consumption.)

If your washing machine was manufactured before 2003, it’s another source of wasted water and energy. The newer Energy Star-certified clothes washers can save about $45 a year in utility bills, based on typical usage patterns. They use about 25% less energy and 45% less water than the old, standard models. The EPA also says that if you have a dishwasher made before 1994, it wastes approximately 10 gallons of water per cycle. By switching to an energy-efficient model, an annual savings of $35 a year can be realized by the average family.

There’s actually a wide range of Energy Star-certified products available that can save you money on utility costs and help conserve water and electricity. In addition to washers, dryers, and dishwashers, other energy-efficient appliances include dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, air purifiers, water heaters, heating and cooling equipment, computers, televisions, pool pumps, and much more. Energy efficiency — or a lack, thereof — is one factor to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace old appliances, HVAC systems, or plumbing fixtures in your home.

Not only will you save money when your home is operating efficiently, but you’ll enjoy the satisfaction that comes with minimizing waste and making the most of natural resources.