A Look at Where the Nation Spends the Most on Kitchen Renovations
Kitchen renovations are expensive no matter where you live, but homeowners pay a lot more to remodel in some parts the country than they do in others. According to data from HomeAdvisor, homeowners in Los Angeles pay nearly $10,000 more, on average, to remodel their kitchens than homeowners in other areas. And homeowners in New York pay nearly $4,000 more. Here’s a deeper look at where homeowners spend the most to remodel their kitchens — and what they spend their money on.
The national average cost for kitchen renovations is $19,920, according to HomeAdvisor True Cost Guide data, with most homeowners spending between $11,194 and $28,646.
Here’s how the most expensive cities stack up:
|Location||Average||Average Range||High Cost|
|National||$19,920||$11,194 – $28,646||$45,000|
|Los Angeles||$29,751||$20,941 – $42,454||$60,000|
|New York City||$23,719||$13,962 – $33,673||$50,000|
|Washington D.C.||$20,808||$13,695 – $30,752||$45,160|
|Detroit||$20,546||$13,908 – $30,501||$45,000|
|Philadelphia||$20,241||$14,177 – $30,985||$41,000|
Not surprisingly, most homeowners make the decision to remodel their kitchens at the start of the year — usually in January, February and March, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI).
Their reasons for remodeling? To upgrade old-looking designs (79%), beautify their homes (77%) and replace old or worn-out materials (76%).
Here’s what homeowners in major cities are investing the most money in to make it happen:
|Project||Nat Ave||L.A.||N.Y.C.|| D.C.
|Install Wood Flooring||$4,430||$5,001||$4,140||$4,170||$7,223||$3,923|
|Install Ceramic or Porcelain Tile||$1,591||$2,116||$1,664||$1,819||$1,446||$1,890|
Homeowners make the decision to remodel early in the year, says HIRI, but work on the remodel itself is generally delayed until later in the year — usually March through June. Looking at the numbers, it seems that — whenever it is that homeowners decide to remodel — they’re willing to spend the money to do it right.
These numbers are astonishingly low. I think any professional designer will tell you the cost is significantly higher.
My first thought was the same as Kevin’s, these must be really small kitchens…?
I agree with Kevin. These numbers are WAY out of line in the professional world. They might work in the DIY market, with cabinets from IKEA, but not from a professional kitchen showroom. A full set of kitchen cabinets for $4621? Really?
I am in the midst of a remodel. I did enlarge the kitchen. However cost: $140,000 est. Cabinets: $27,000. I could go on ie plumber $14,000. EST does include counter top and flooring. This is California. Nuts, $30,000 to build 40 yrs ago. There was also some settling and water damage over the years.