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 ! 
  
 

Kitchen Countertop Materials

Here are some of the most popular counter top choices in the industry today. How much will they cost really?  With todays products that’s not an easy answer, we see the typical homeowner spending between $2000- $4500 on kitchen counter tops. Laminate tends to be at the lower cost end, while granite and quartz are at the higher end and the most popular still.  

Laminate: Today’s laminate isn’t the Formica countertop you had growing up. In fact, there’s an almost endless supply of attractive laminate options that look like a wide variety more expensive countertop materials (for a fraction of the price).

Marble: Like granite, marble is a classic choice for high-end countertops. But, unlike granite, marble is highly susceptible to stains and etching, which can be pretty upsetting after shelling out the cash to have it installed.

Quartz: Silestone or CaesarStoneCaesarstone (the brand names typically associated with quartz) are the “plug-and-play” alternatives to marble and granite. While quartz is still expensive, it doesn’t require the sealing or constant maintenance that other materials do.

Granite: Granite is still king for a reason: it looks great, it doesn’t require massive amounts of upkeep and when compared to other natural stones (slate, soapstone, quartz), its costs are reasonable. While granite’s popularity has been waning slightly, it’s adoration among homeowners still soars.

Butcher Block: In terms of value, it doesn’t get much better than butcher block. While upkeep is a must with these countertops (oiling is required every six months), the price-to-impact ratio makes them extremely attractive to many homeowners.

Solid Surface: It’s all fun and games until something gets scratched — a lesson many solid surface (or Corian) countertop owners found out the hard way. While solid surface has been a popular choice in the past (and still looks great today), many homeowners have turned to other alternatives because of the potential scratching.

Stainless Steel: If you’re a serious cook (or just like the sleek look), stainless is a great choice. While stainless is practically indestructible (wine, beets and acidic liquids are no match), avoiding scratches and smears (finger prints and small crumbs become immediately apparent) can be difficult.

Composite: Composite, or eco-friendly, countertops are made from materials like recycled paper and are bacteria, stain, heat and scratch resistant. In addition to durability, these countertops also don’t emit radon gas, are free of VOCs and food safe. Composite countertops do require some sealing and specialized maintenance.

Adding Value to Your Home #2: Revive the Kitchen

Revive the Kitchen

Take down that rooster wallpaper and paint it a neutral color…. More and more buyers are expecting some standard items in a kitchen — things like stainless-steel appliances and hardware, granite counter tops with an under-mounted sink. Buyers want a kitchen with plenty of storage and organizational accessories. Update your flooring with tile or laminate flooring to give a more modern feel.

Also some people are looking for gourmet kitchens whether they can cook or not, a kitchen is a huge prospect for a buyer. Bottom line: kitchens sell houses, so investing in an improvement in this room is the way to go.