House remodeling costs

All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2020

Read about remodeling costs and estimating labor expenses first

Calculating costs of home remodeling projects

How much does it cost to remodel a house?

How we estimate our installation prices and remodeling expenses

All remodeling costs are up-to-date charges for completing certain task while remodeling a house. Each article clearly defines what charges are for and before you read it do not make any assumptions. Estimated fees in the charts are for basic installation. On any renovation project additional fees are unavoidable and preparation work will be quoted separately base on work complexity and time spent. Replacement cannot be equated with standard installation and typically will be estimated at 30% - 70% higher rates.

There no fixed fees or average charges for repair work unless eliminating any type of problem is a part of a long term maintenance contract for a fixed monthly or yearly fee. But simple replacement can be estimated roughly before in-home inspection.

Accuracy and minimum requirements

All charges are accurate fees for the projects which met minimum requirements determined by a contractor accounting minimum job order, customization level and overall work complexity.

Note: every installer, contractor or remodeling company will have own rates, charges and fees. It is nearly impossible that three estimates issued by different contractors for the same scope of work will be identical.

Minimum charges and small projects

Small remodeling projects will be estimated at higher rates. Every contractor will determine minimum charge no matter how small the project is.


Custom work cannot be priced based on average or typical fees. Only a local contractor will issue an estimate for a custom renovation project after analyzing work complexity.

Material expenses

Projects which include materials expenses estimated as a total charge if a contractor will purchase available in-stock materials at his own discretion.

Per hour fee vs hourly wage

All labor costs estimated based on a contract work and term hourly wage is inapplicable. Contractor or professional installer has all necessary tools in possession, drive the work truck, pay insurance and per hour fee must cover all business expenses plus generate some profit. Hourly wage is an amount paid to employee by hiring company (or a contractor) which guaranty permanent or temporary employment and cover business-related expenses.

What is national average cost to remodel a house?

We are not stating our costs are national average. In any case “average remodeling cost” is a very low value term. Our prices are for basic installation with definition of typical extra charges. Remodeling project cannot be estimated before analyzing all details. Cost to remodel a house per square foot is a result of what was done not a projection factor from which to start planning the budget.

Typical approaches to estimate labor cost for home renovation projects

Estimated labor expenses1
Project name
Installation cost2
Cost of replacement3
Minimum project size for best rates
Per square foot charge
Hardwood flooring $1.65 - $3.75 / Sq. Ft. $2.45 - $5.95 / Sq. Ft. 600 ft2
Tile work $4.6 - $17.0 / Sq. Ft. $7.6 - $23.0 / Sq. Ft. 200 ft2
Laminate flooring $1.35 - $2.10 / Sq. Ft. $2.25 - $3.25 / Sq. Ft. 500 ft2
Building deck $13.5 - $36 / Sq. Ft. - 140 ft2
Cost per liner foot
Fencing work $8 - $240 $15 - $520 120 ft
Charge per number of units
Kitchen cabinets $40 - $110 per cabinet $50 - $160 per cabinet 14 cabinets
Interior doors $35 - $180+ per door $75 - $280 per door 7 interior doors
Exterior doors $350 - $950+ per door $470 - $1400+ per door 1 exterior door
Kitchen appliances $50 - $195 per appliance $80 - $270 per applience 4 appliances
Residential windows $85 - $950+ per window $115 - $1200+ per window 9 windows
Water heater $250 - $3100+ per unit $310 - $3600+ per unit 1 water heater
Garage door $240 - $950 per door $335 - $1250+ per door 1 garage door
Per square yard fee
Carpet $2.60 - $5.10 / Sq. Yd $3.20 - $6.80 / Sq. Yd 84 Yd2
Cost per room
Interior painting (one coat of paint) $125 - $165 per 150 Sq. Ft. bedroom - 4 rooms
Per square charge
Roofing $120 - $600 per square $220 - $1050+ per square Average roof
Siding $90 - $330 per square $150 - $540+ per square 25 squares
Charge per sheet
Drywall $31 - $44 per 4' x 8' x 5/8" sheet (for labor) $48 - $69 per 4'x8' sheet 120 gypsum panels
Per hour fee
Any remodeling project $35 - $55 per hour 4 hours minimum
Minimum charge
Small projects $150 - $210 per visit 1 - 3 hours

1 All costs in the chart are a brief summary of typical fees for completing certain task not accounting possible additional charges. For detailed information about estimating cost of labor and calculating materials expenses check our installation prices page.

2 Cost of installation estimated as a charge for basic work under minimum job order condition.

3 Replacement cost is a typical charge for removal (excluding disposal fee) and installation of same or similar type material, fixture or product.


* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.