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Cost vs. Value Report


What's the payback for remodeling? Our annual report compares construction cost with resale value in 60 markets.

(See below for Home Installation Professionals average starting cost per project and pricing polices)


What's the payback for remodeling? Our annual report compares construction cost with resale value in 60 markets.

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Source: REMODELING Magazine
Publication date: November 1, 2005

By Sal Alfano

Each year since 1988, REMODELING's Cost vs. Value Report has compared construction costs for common remodeling projects with the value they add at resale in 60 U.S. housing markets. This year's Report has all 15 legacy projects (formerly, 10 were surveyed each year in rotation), plus the “upscale” versions of 5 projects introduced two years ago. New this year are upscale versions of roofing and siding replacement projects.

Where We Get the Data

Cost data for the Report come from HomeTech Information Systems, a remodeling estimating software company in Bethesda, Md. HomeTech collects current cost information quarterly from a nationwide network of remodeling contractors, and employs an adjustment factor to account for regional pricing variations. Construction cost figures include labor, material, sub-trades, and contractor overhead and profit.

Resale values (“cost recouped” in the tables) are aggregated from estimates provided by members of the National Association of Realtors. E-mail surveys containing construction costs and median home price data for each city were sent to more than 20,000 appraisers, sales agents, and brokers, yielding data from more than 1,600 respondents (an 8% response rate).

What Do the Numbers Mean?

If some cost figures appear too high or too low, one cause is the leveling effect of averaging. High demand for remodeling services in some parts of a given metro area may drive prices up, but this is often countered by lower demand — and lower prices — in another part of the same city. Also, seemingly small differences in size, scope, or quality of finishes can dramatically affect final project cost.

Averaging also affects the “value” side of the equation. In an actual real estate transaction, the amount recouped for a given remodeling project depends on the condition of the rest of the house, as well as the value of similar homes nearby and the rate at which property values are changing in the surrounding area. Location in an urban, suburban, or rural setting will also affect a home's value, as will the availability and pricing of new and existing homes in the immediate vicinity.

In some cases, the value of the remodeling project at resale is more than 100% of its original cost. This usually happens in markets where property values are rising very rapidly, but it can also occur when buyers regard certain types of remodeling projects as “standard.” For example, in a neighborhood where most houses have two bathrooms, adding a bath to a home that has just one may increase the resale value of the home beyond the cost of construction. In fact, not adding the bath could cause the home to sit on the market for much longer than is normal and to eventually sell for less than similar homes in the area.

When resale value is a major factor in a homeowner's decision to remodel, the best course of action is to consult with a local remodeler about construction cost, and ask an experienced Realtor about home prices in the neighborhood.

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Confidence Is High

The most reliable numbers in the survey are those in the national tables, for which the confidence level is 99% (+/-4%), according to Farnsworth Group. Dividing the results into regions effectively reduces the number of responses, so the confidence level goes down. Data for individual cities are least reliable because of the much smaller number of responses. This year, however, three cities — Houston, Phoenix, and San Diego — generated more than 100 responses each, enough to earn a confidence level of 95% (+/- 10%).

Confidence Level
The confidence level is a measure of statistical accuracy. The national level of 99% (+/-4%) means that 99% of the time, national results for this survey will fall within 4% to either side of the national tables published here.

Research Team

Specpan, an Indianapolis-based market research company, programmed and hosted the Web-based survey for the 2005 Cost vs. Value Report, and also collected and compiled the data. Farnsworth Group, a sister company to Specpan, analyzed survey data and provided pre- and post-survey consulting.


Cost vs Value (2005 National Averages From Remodeling Magazine) Click on any project link below to go to the actual magazine article and a more detailed description of the project that this national average cost is being published on - See below for Home Installation Professionals average starting square foot project costs.

Project Job Cost Value at sale % Cost Recovered 2005 Rank 2004 Rank 2003 Rank
Siding Replacement - Upscale $10,393 $10,771 103.6% 1 n/a n/a
Bathroom Remodel - Mid-Range $10,499 $10,727 102.2% 2 5 6
Minor Kitch. Remod - Mid-Range $14,913 $14,691 98.5% 3 2 n/a
Siding Replacement - Mid-Range $7,239 $6,914 95.5% 4 3 2
Two-Story Addition - Mid-Range $80,133 $75,831 94.6% 5 n/a n/a
Attic Bedroom - Mid-Range $39,188 $36,649 93.5% 6 9 4
Bathroom Remodel - Upscale $26,052 $24,286 93.2% 7 6 5
Maj. Kitch. Remod. - Mid-Range $43,862 $39,920 91.0% 8 15 15
Deck - Mid-Range $11,294 $10,196 90.3% 9 1 1
Basement Remodel - Mid-Range $51,051 $46,010 90.1% 10 17 12
Window Replacement - Mid-Range $9,684 $8,681 89.6% 11 7 8
Window Replacement - Upscale $16,096 $14,259 88.6% 12 8 7
Bathroom Addition - Mid-Range $22,977 $19,850 86.4% 13 4 3
Roofing Replacement - Upscale $16,453 $14,141 85.9% 14 n/a n/a
Bathroom Addition - Upscale $47,212 $40,488 85.8% 15 10 9
Maj. Kitch. Remod. - Upscale $81,552 $69,194 84.8% 16 13 11
Roofing Replacement - Mid-Range $11,164 $9,456 84.7% 17 11 n/a
Family Room - Mid-Range $54,773 $45,458 83.0% 18 12 10
Master Suite - Mid-Range $73,370 $60,460 82.4% 19 16 13
Master Suite - Upscale $137,891 $110,512 80.1% 20 14 14
Sunroom - Mid-Range $31,736 $23,643 74.5% 21 18 n/a
Home Office Remod. - Mid-Range $13,143 $9,569 72.8% 22 n/a n/a

In most cases Home Installation Professionals end project prices and value added packages bring the overall project costs substantially below the above national averages and we have found our customers return on investment to be higher than the above national averages in most cases.

Home installation Professionals special offers, competitive packages and free upgrade packages that can’t be beat and in most cases are not even offered by others. We are so confident you'll receive the best value from Home Installation Professionals, we would like you to call us last after all of your other quotations are complete.

For example our complete project cost that includes all, rough and finish materials start at the following square foot costs

Room Additions- with full foundation and all finish materials from $70 a square foot

New home construction from $85 a square foot

Basements- completely finished with carpet from $14 dollars a square foot

Bathroom- gut and remodel or newly framed and finished bathroom with all fixtures and finished materials from $100 a square foot

Kitchen Remodeling- all cabinets, countertops, floor and plumbing fixtures from $40 a square foot


For the most part our project costs completely finished (includes everything to a move in state) will not fall below these starting square foot costs


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