Zillow Offers Homeowners Cost Information for Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

I like to share information on remodeling cost from outside sources to lend creditability to our own estimates.

Todays homeowners have grown up in the DIY culture and underestimate the cost to many home improvement projects when calling a professional to get involved. We often find Kitchen and Bathrooms are the most underestimated areas of the home. Many homeowners we talk with in our own business, estimate their kitchen remodel will cost $5000-10,000. Homeowners are shocked to hear in most cases, $5000-$10,000 won’t cover the cost of their counter tops and cabinets.

Zillow and other popular sites are working hard to educate homeowners on todays prices based off of local and national averages. Want to see how much home improvements average in your area just go to Zillow  and type in your address, scroll down the page about half way until you see: Improve Your Home Value. 

>Minor Kitchen remodel @$20,000 (replace cabinets existing location, new counter tops, sink, faucet, labor) No relocating of appliances, or removal of walls or bulkheads as that will start to double this figure do to additional trades such as electrical and plumbing as well as code compliance requirements. Cabinets and counter tops are usually 70-80% of the remodel budget.
>Bathrooms @$18,000 if your upgrading from a standard tub/shower surround to tile shower, flooring, new vanity, lights, sink, faucet, toilet, labor. You will also see an added value price to the right of the improvement cost, this price will change based on your homes location as this photo shows in contrast to the above photo.
Zillow also has a Home Design tab on website that offers beautiful ideas to inspire you in creating you dream project ! 
  
 

Adding Value to Your Home Tip #6: Do a Major Bath Remodel

Transform an ugly duckling into a swan of a master bath by finding more space — but not with an addition. Stealing space can be a better solution if you can find the extra square footage. Open up a closet to make more room, create separate his-and-her areas with separate sinks, or add a skylight to bring in valuable natural light. Updating tub and tile are also good ideas.

Adding Value to Your Home Tip #5: Make Minor Bathroom Changes

Minor Bathroom changes can be advantageous because they cost less and often net a greater return than the investment.

If you have old tile or a dated tub, vanity, sink and toilet, consider replacing those items.

If you keep the layout the same, you can keep your expense down. Updating light fixtures, paint, linens and accessories are easy ways to breathe new life into the space.

If you have a Master Bathroom taking out the tub and adding a walking shower can add value as well.

Tiles about 12”x12” will give your bathroom an updated look and is the preferred choice for flooring and shower surrounds.

Mirror Makeovers

 

While completing remodel projects, we were faced with the same dilemma. Locate and install the perfect framed mirror to comlpete the remodel.

Due to cost and inability to find the perfect size, our clients were forced to install an unsightly frameless mirror. We also quickly realized, existing home owners with frameless mirrors were out of options.

 

Most homeowners did not want to tackle tearing out an existing mirror, repairing the drywall, painting touchups and then locating the perfect sized framed mirror. All of these reasons were not cost effective.

 

This led us to start offering Mirror Mate. With over 65 styles to choose from, this product is The Solution to your Frameless Mirror.

 

Mirror Mate frames your existing mirrors with decorative frames. Your mirror does not have to be removed, no mess or tear out needed. This is a cost effective way to update, enhance and transform those large mirrors in your bathrooms.