Post # 1
Hi everyone! Hoping to crowd source some info to help with buying our first house 😀. We are looking to put an offer on a great big ranch with nice bones on Long Island NY. Buuuut… It’s pretry gross And definitely not live-in and renovate as you go type house. We are excited for the opportunity to make it our own but need to know general cost of some things to figure out the highest we can go on the bid while still leaving money to do the renovations. If anyone has info on round about prices for the following things or a general number we might need to do them in NY that would really help!
The house needs for sure:
2 remodeled bathrooms
remodeled kitchen with appliances
590 sqft refinishing of existing wood floors
1,450 sqft new wood floors (can leave some rooms without if we run out of money lol)
new light fixtures
Possible partial knock down of one wall to open up a room more
things we would like To or need to do in the near future
frame out a walk in closet
new gas boiler
Post # 2
A lot of these things you can easily figure out on your own. What appliances do you want? There is SUCH a range of appliances and it is a personal decision.
– go to a home improvement store and check out the price of the wood floors you like. Materials are typically 40-60% of the cost. Depending on the contractor you use, they may be able to get a wholesale price for you.
-How much are you remodeling a bathroom? Like, gutting the entire thing? Again, check the price of tile, check the prices of vanities you like, etc.
-knocking down a wall (if it is not load bearing) is not expensive.
-Paint—- what is the square footage of the walls you’re painting? Find a gallon of paint you like and do the math.
-Windows are expensive. 15K+
-Remodeled kitchen— how much are you remodeling? Are you refacing the cabinets, or completely ripping them out? Are you changing the foot print of the kitchen (meaning, are you moving the plumbing and gas lines around).
Kitchen remodels are typically 15-50K. It is such a wide range because there are SO many different things you can do. Bathrooms are 5k for basic DIY remodels, can range upwards of 30k if you are completely gutting it.
ETA: If I were you, I would find some contractors to come in and give you some estimates. Or at least show them some pictures and get their estimates. What you are describing sounds like 100k+.
Post # 3
Star116062: A sh*t ton. I’m in MN and we just had HALF of our 25 sq ft bathroom done (we couldn’t afford the whole thing). The whole thing done, not even a new sink or toilet, would be $7000+. Kitchens and baths are the most expensive. Hopefully you’re rich or handy!!
Post # 4
Star116062: What an exciting time for you! Home renovations can be very expensive, especially if you have the work done. We are not DIY people – unfortunately. We just had our kitchen redone and the results are fabulous but it was $45K. Admittedly, I did go with high end appliances – Wolfe, Miele, Sub Zero and that was a significant part of the budget but the cabinets were the most expensive part of the project. Just got a quote for replacing my windows and it is $20K – for the house, mid range Windows. The craftsman Windows I fell in love with were $10K each – um, no. My electrician is about $800 a day and my painter is about $500 a day (standard 20×20 foot room for ceiling and walls takes about 2 days). Home projects tend to be expensive and are difficult to live through, anything that you do prior to moving in I would highly recommend. I hope that helps, best wishes!
Post # 5
Star116062: I forgot to add that my GC quoted me $15K for my upstairs bathrooms, each, pending I don’t go totally crazy on the materials I select – that would be gutting to the studs. We just had 3 chandeliers installed which cost about $5k for materials and labor. Admittedly, they are outrageious crystal chandeliers. My quote for a 20×20 room for carpet removal and mid-range hardwood flooring installed $9K. Clearly, I am home improvement obsessed…but my environment is very important to me. Hope that helps!
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It completely depends on the standards you go for. Kitchens and bathrooms can range soooo much depending on style and quality. I’d recommend finding what you want and then getting workman in for quotes.
Post # 8
All of these can vary greatly. But you get what you pay for, a lot of the time.
Example, our home was painted in very cheap paint. Had a chalky finish, very dull. Peeled off the walls, bubbled up when we put down painters tape. We repainted with Benjamin Moore, and it looks a thousand times better. Light fixtures can cost $$$$ but I got a great industrial-inspired lamp for $25 that looks fabulous in our kitchen. It lights, it is shiny, great!
I got a quote for redoing our full bath on the ultra cheap, like keeping our current tub, etc., for $5000. But we’re going to wait and invest more money in to get better quality stuff. We refinished our floors (1,100 sq ft) for… $1200?
Boiler depends a lot on your home’s size, etc.
TLDR; You will realistically need to get some quotes from contractors to get accurate and personalized information, and then do research into the types of items you are specifically interested in.
Post # 9
Star116062: We “remodelled” our two upstairs bathrooms last year and it was about $6k. Ours were fine but a water break caused some damage and while they were replacing everything anyways were paid to upgrade. This cost was total including what the insurance co paid.
This included tear out and replace the flooring (vinyl became tile), 2 new vanities (home depot not custom), paint, toilet replacement, and repairing the walls that were missing drywall.
Post # 10
Your location is going to make a big difference. Labor prices especially vary greatly. A homeowner in NYC is going to pay a lot more for the same job than a homeowner in Center, Alabama.
Is there any way you can ask the seller to provide access so you can get a few contractors out for estimates? Once you make an offer, you should have x number of days to make inspections. Check with your realtor about how that works.
Post # 11
I live in KS and this is what I help people do for my job. But prices will probably be different geographically. I would say if you gut a bathroom and remodel is generally in the 10-15K range depending on what all you are doing kitchen 15-30K depending on how crazy you go with granite or appliances. Paint I would do myself to save some money. The wood floors will probably run you around $7 a sq ft.
Post # 12
Btw, you may want to check out Lamps Plus for light fixtures. They have a large selection & very reasonable prices. We got free shipping on all of ours.
Post # 13
Wow! Thanks everyone for the helpful answers 👍😄 I know it’s a big range and depends on the finishes we pick and how much we do ourselves as well as that researching what we want will help be more specific, but the minimum numbers and estimates you guys have gotten are really helping as well as what you guys have typically paid 😊 Keep the info coming!