To Remodel or Not to Remodel?

To Remodel or Not to Remodel? That is the question! Consider the costs involved when deciding:


Install conventional asphalt shingles over existing shingles

$1.25 - $2 / sq. ft.

Strip and re-shingle with conventional shingles

$2 - $3 / sq. ft

Rebuild typical chimney above roof line

$100-$200 / lin. ft.

Repoint typical chimney above roof line

$20-$30 / row

Exterior Install galvanized or aluminum gutters and downspouts

$3 - $5 / lin. ft.

Garage, Deck, Retaining Wall

Install a deck

$12- $20 / sq. ft.

Rebuild exterior basement stairwell

$3500 - $5000

Build detached garage(single)

$8000 and up

Build detached garage (double)

$12000 and up

Build retaining wall (wood)

$20 - $25 /sq. ft.

Build retaining wall (concrete)

$30 - $40 / sq. ft.

Install basement support post with proper foundation

$200 - $400

Perform chemical treatment for termites

$500 and up

Repair minor crack in poured concrete foundation

$400 - $800


Electrical Upgrade electrical service to 100 amps


Upgrade electrical service to 200 amps

$1500 - $2000

Install new circuit breaker panel

$500 - $700

Add 120 volt circuit

$150 - $250

Add 240 volt circuit

$250 - $350

Add conventional receptacle

$75 - $150

Heating and Cooling

Heating install mid-efficiency forced-air furnace

$1700 - $2500

Install chimney liner

$300 - $700

Install set-back thermostat

$100 - $300

Replace radiator valve

$75 - $150

Convert from hot water heating to forced-air (cape)

$8000 - $10000

Convert from hot water heating to forced-air (two story)

$15000 - $20000

Clean ductwork

$250 and up

Cooling/Heat Pumps - Add central air conditioning on existing forced-air system


Replace heat pump or air conditioning compressor

$800 - $1400

Install independent air conditioning system

$8000 - $15000


Insulate open attic to modern standards

$1 - $1.50 / sq. ft.

Blow insulation into flat roof, cathedral ceiling or wall cavity

$2 - $3.50 /sq. ft.

Improve attic ventilation

$40 - $50 per vent


Plumbing Replace galvanized piping with copper (2 story with one bathroom)

$2000 - $2500

Replace water line to house

$1500 - $3500

Replace toilet

$300 and up

Replace basin

$200 and up

Replace bathtub, including ceramic tile

$1500 and up

Remodel four-piece bathroom completely

$6000 and up

Install modest basement bathroom

$4000 and up

Finish Work - Flooring, Drywall, Windows, and Paint

Sand and refinish hardwood floors

$1.50 - $3 /sq. ft.

Interior add drywall over plaster

$1.50-$2.50 /sq. ft

Install replacement windows

$200 - $400 ea

Install storm windows

$75 - $200 ea.

Install skylight

$500 and up

Remodel kitchen completely

$8000 and up

Painting (trim only)

$1500 - $2500

Painting (trim and wall surfaces)

$3000 and up


Install masonry fireplace (if flue already roughed - in )

$2000 and up

Install zero-clearance fireplace (including chimney)

$2500 and up

Install gas - Insert into existing fireplace

$2500 and up

About the Author...
This Home Remodel article was provided by Christina Asad Edwards, a Nationally recognized Realtor and Residential Relocation Specialist. Christina can be reached via email at Christina.Asad@RealLiving.com or by cell phone or text message at 937-205-4741. Christina has helped thousands of people move in and out of the Dayton Ohio area and other Southwest Ohio towns. For Ohio real estate and homes see Dayton Ohio Real Estate.

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Blog article provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized Realtor with Irongate Inc. Realtors. Christina can be reached via email at ChristinaCavins@aol.com or by cell phone or text message at 1-937-205-4741. For Ohio real estate and homes see Ohio Real Estate.


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Comment balloon 7 commentsChristina Cavins • August 24 2009 01:08PM


Hey Christina,  Are these local Ohio estimates or are these national averages?  Thanks for the info either way.  I just happen to have a client looking for just this kind of info at this moment.

Posted by Bob Murphy (Keller Williams Realty Consultants) almost 11 years ago


Posted by Christina Cavins, www.BuySellOH.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS) almost 11 years ago

Yep, those estimates are pretty accurate according to my experience. Great list.



Posted by Michelle Molinari, Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor) almost 11 years ago

Great post. Wow this is some good information. Thanks and have a good week.

Posted by Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group) almost 11 years ago

A great list to have on hand ... thanks for sharing

Posted by Liz Gallagher, Montreal Quebec RESA member (LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers ) almost 11 years ago

I think if it's outdated and you want top dollar you have to update to stay competitive.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

hmmm interesting, because every market is local. AND now is the BEST time to sell!

Posted by Christina Cavins, www.BuySellOH.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS) almost 11 years ago