One of the great joys of owning your home is improving upon it, and major projects can feel exciting and empowering. They can also appear overwhelming – but they’re often more simple than you think. One of the best ways to feel confident as you plan is to be as informed as possible. For example – if you’re upgrading your outdoor area, it’s important to research and interview the best backyard contractors near you.
Getting your working relationship started with the pro you choose can be intimidating, too. Luckily, working well with contractors is simple. Asking just a few questions can help prevent fraud, and make sure you’re satisfied with a job well done.
Finally, one of the most vital parts of research: Cost. If you’re budgeting for a living room makeover, it’s vital to know that interior painting costs $1,800 on average. If you need to replace your flooring, carpet installation cost begins at about $800.
But, if you’ve put in elbow grease and started planning, you’ll know data about the cost of home improvement projects isn’t always easily available. After you’ve pulled together inspiration and decided to hire a pro, how do you know you’re getting the best deal? Beyond the up-front price, what about your return on investment (ROI)? Even projects that seem expensive in the short-term can actually pay off – for example, a new roof may cost you zero dollars in the long run. How do you know that you’re getting the best ROI possible?
In this infographic, we’ll give you the highest highs, the lowest lows, and the national average costs of every home project you could think of – including the nitty gritty, like the cost to service a boiler. (It’s about $350).
If you want more information, you can check out our True Cost Report, too!
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The True Cost of Home Improvement – An infographic by HomeAdvisor