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How Much Does A Remodel and Home Renovation Cost?

While it is difficult to estimate without going into the details of your specific project and calculating all the costs involved, you can get an idea of how much you might spend by considering the scope of your project and average costs for your area, whether North Georgia (including Cumming, Gainesville, Dawsonville, and Dahlonega) or anywhere in the United States. 

Of course, these numbers vary depending on your remodeling contractor and are subject to change, particularly in today’s market, first let’s try to get a idea or a starting point by making some generalizations for the cost of an average whole house renovation then we’ll dig into the costs of specific projects. Many of these numbers can be found for anywhere in the U.S. in the most current Cost Vs. Value report from remodeling.hw.net.

Factors that determine the cost a home remodel

Before we dig into the numbers, let’s talk high level. There are many factors that can influence the cost of a home remodel. Some of the most common ones include:

  1. The scope of the project: The more extensive the remodel, the more it will likely cost. For example, a full kitchen remodel that involves tearing out the old cabinets and appliances, and installing new ones, will likely cost more than a partial kitchen remodel that involves updating only the countertops and backsplash.
  2. The materials used: The type and quality of materials can significantly impact the cost of a remodel. For example, choosing higher-end materials such as granite countertops or custom cabinets will likely increase the overall cost, while more affordable options such as laminate countertops or stock cabinets will likely be less expensive.


  3. The size of the space: The larger the space being remodeled, the more it will likely cost. This is because there will be more materials and labor involved in a larger space.
  4. The complexity of the work: Complex projects that require specialized skills or custom work may cost more. For example, installing a custom built-in bookcase or a curved staircase will likely be more expensive than installing a standard bookcase or straight staircase.
  5. Structural, mechanical or corrective issues: Structural or corrective issues that need to be addressed as part of a remodel, to ensure your home complies with local codes, for example, can add to the overall cost. Updating plumbing, wiring, and HVAC systems also may be necessary. While, these costs can be significant and may not directly translate to the aesthetic you are trying to achieve, they often improve home value in the long run.
  6. The cost of design: If you are working with a designer or architect, their fees will need to be factored into the overall cost of the remodel. The cost of design services can vary depending on the complexity of the project and the experience of the designer or architect.
  7. Site preparation: Depending on the scope of the project, it may be necessary to prepare the site for construction whether it be demolition, removing landscaping, or clearing space to access the home.

It’s important to carefully consider all of these factors when planning a home remodel to ensure that you have a realistic budget in place. Now that you have an idea of what factors go into the cost of a remodel let’s talk numbers.


Average Home Remodel Costs

For the average 2,500 square foot home, a whole home renovation can range anywhere from $25,000 to $450,000 and up depending upon the number of rooms, square footage, grade of finishings, appliances selected, etc.

A mid range remodel ($100,000-$175,000) can include interior and exterior painting, new landscaping, plus a kitchen remodel (depending on appliances) a minor bathroom remodel and possibly new flooring.

A high end remodel ($175,000-$450,000) can include everything above, plus custom or high end cabinetry and more expensive appliances. A project in this range may also include some structural alterations with updates to the layout, electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems, and foundation repairs. 

As discussed above, there are many factors that contribute to the bottom line, including:

  • Which rooms are going to be remodeled
  • The size of each room
  • Any underlying problems that will need to be corrected
  • The grade and cost of materials to be used
  • The extent of the remodel

But the biggest factor is likely to be the appliances and cabinetry selected (if a kitchen is involved) along with any structural repairs, followed by labor.

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Digging a little deeper into home remodel costs and estimates

Here’s what homeowners can expect to pay for specific home renovation projects done by Michael James Remodeling here in the North Georgia and Atlanta areas. Note: we’ve used the 2021 numbers from costvsvalue.com which tend to be inline with our own.

Kitchens and bathrooms will cost the most while bedrooms, and living rooms usually fall on the lower end of the scale.

Kitchen: The caliber of the materials you choose has a huge impact on the look of your kitchen and the cost. The average cost of a mid-range major kitchen remodel in North Georgia is $82,170, while the average cost of a higher-end major kitchen renovation here in the Atlanta area is $166,765. Learn more about How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

Bathroom: Like kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling projects come with a wide range of prices depending on the grade of the cabinets, counters and fixtures you choose. A major bathroom remodel typically costs about $27,718 and tops out at $81,680 for a higher end renovation with spa-like touches such as a steam shower. Learn more about How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Electrical updates: If you’re replacing an old panel and outdated wiring as a part of your renovation project, expect to spend $6,000 to $12,000.

Replacement siding: Any great remodel includes an exterior upgrade. Expect to pay $20,614 on average for new fiber-cement siding.

Replacement windows: If you plan to replace windows and frames to add to the beauty of your remodel and save on your energy bill. The average cost of new windows in North Georgia/Atlanta-metro is $21,358 for vinyl, $25,504 for wood, and $35,983 for aluminum cladded. 

Basement: Remodeling the basement can be a big job or a small job, depending on the condition of the area and the remodeling house plan. Factors such as installing floors, building walls, adding electrical or plumbing lines and furnishing the room all contribute to the overall price. Adding bathrooms and kitchens, if desired, will involve the largest costs (see above).

Decks: An average wood deck will cost $16,955 while a composite is typically $23,834

New roof: The cost of protecting your newly remodeled home from the elements with a new roof will run you anywhere from $29,543 for asphalt shingles on a 2500 sq ft home to $48,827 for a metal roof.

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Tips For Staying Within Budget


Staying within your predetermined budget during a home renovation can be challenging, but with careful planning and consideration, it is achievable. To help ensure that your remodeling costs remain within your set budget, consider the following tips:

First, prioritize the projects that are most important to you, focusing on those that will have the greatest impact on your home’s functionality, comfort, and value. This will help you allocate funds more effectively and ensure that essential tasks are completed before non-essential or cosmetic updates.

Next, research cost-effective materials and fixtures that still deliver the desired aesthetic and quality. Often a similar look can be achieved with much less expensive materials and no one will be the wiser. 

Sometimes homeowners think they can save money by trying to take on certain parts of the project themselves, such as demolition, or hiring their own subcontractors. However this can backfire and actually end up costing you more money. The contractor you hire has a team of skilled professionals and subcontractors that are used to working together to ensure that everything is done to code and meets their standards. Trying to do the work yourself or hiring untested subcontractors can lead to mistakes, delays, and additional costs that may not have been factored into the original budget. Once you have chosen a professional you trust it’s usually best to trust them to do what they do best.

Finally, be prepared for unexpected expenses by setting aside a contingency fund, typically around 10-20% of your total renovation budget. This will provide a safety net for unforeseen costs or changes that may arise during the renovation process, helping you avoid financial stress and ensuring that your project stays on track. By being proactive, flexible, and resourceful, you can maximize your home renovation’s potential while adhering to your budgetary constraints.

Return on investment (ROI)

Ah yes, the phrase that makes spending thousands of dollars on your home just a bit easier. There is no question that the pleasure you, your family, friends, and guests will get from your newly remodeled home can more than justify the expense. But, there is peace of mind knowing the checks you write for your home renovation can pay dividends down the road.

In the Atlanta metro/North Georgia area a typical kitchen remodel will yield a 50-74% return on investment, while a bathroom renovation on average returns 51-65% in additional value.



More to Consider Than The Cost of a Home Renovation


Remember, whether you’re researching contractors online or getting recommendations from friends, get quotes from multiple contractors. Invite contractors and designers into your home to discuss your remodeling requirements. Take into consideration not only the price but also, the contractor’s ability to complete the job, per your specifications and needs. A good contractor, if found earlier enough in the process can help make all the steps of planning your home renovation from budgeting to design much easier.

See: How to find the best remodeling contractor.



How long does it take to completely renovate a house?

A complete renovation can take anywhere from 2 to 8 months. This varies widely depending on many factors. We can give you a better idea of the timetable when we discuss the details of your project.

How much should I spend on a home renovation?

How much you spend on your renovation depends on what you want and what’s comparable to your neighborhood values. Since you might get back up to 80% on some remodeling projects, it’s better to invest enough to match your homes standards and values.

What is the difference between a house rehab, remodel and renovation?

Rehab, renovate and remodel are often used interchangeably. However, rehabs tend to imply extensive repairs and cleanup.

How do I get a better estimate of my renovation costs?

Send us an email or give us a call. We can set up an appointment, a phone conversation, or a Zoom call to discuss your project and give you an estimate of the cost.

What are the most common unexpected costs in home renovation projects?

Two words: change orders. Most other unexpected costs should actually expected by an experience remodeling contractor. 

What are the best ways to finance a home remodel?

There are several options. The best depends upon your specific situation. You may consider refinancing your mortgage if your interest rate is higher than current market rates. This could lower your monthly payments and free up cash for your renovation. Alternatively, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) lets you borrow against the value of your home and comes with a draw period and repayment period. A home equity loan provides a lump sum of money and could make sense if you don’t want to refinance your first mortgage. Personal loans and credit cards are alternatives, but interest rates are usually higher. Lastly, saving up and paying in cash is always an option to avoid finance charges and stay within your budget. Regardless of which financing option you choose, always consider the interest rates and fees to ensure that you are getting the best deal.

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