During the process of buying or selling a home, your clients often learn about recommended or required repairs and upgrades. Of course, the first thing homeowners want to know is, “How much will that cost?”
Pillar to Post is pleased to offer their popular Residential Construction and Remodeling Estimates cost guide, which provides estimated cost ranges for repair and/or replacement of the major systems and components in a home. It also includes general guidelines for the life expectancy of those systems. This information can help you make informed decisions when considering home repairs or improvements. Below is just a sampling of a list of estimated costs for hundreds of repairs/upgrades.
Hardwood Floor Refinish $3-$6 / sq. ft
Carpet-clean $125 / room
Ceramic Tile $6-$11 / sq. ft
Kitchen Renovation $7,500 +
Kitchen counter – laminate $45 / lin. ft
Kitchen counter – marble $80 / lin. ft
Alarm System $2,500
Alarm Monitoring $35 / month
Pressure Treated $15-$30 /sq. ft
Custom Designed & Built $55-$80 / sq. ft.
Skylight $800 and up
Casement – replace $50 / sq. ft.
These estimates reflect the average basic costs for supplies and installation of building materials in United States and Canada. Costs may vary depending on regions, upgrades, complexity, and disposal fees.
For complimentary copies of our Construction and Remodeling Estimates cost guide, please contact your local Pillar To Post office, or download from: http://www.pillartopost.com/costguide
Or download the pdf here Repair & Upgrade Cost Guide
Thanks to the city of Littleton, CO for providing this information.
Post Date:02/10/2017 1:00 pm
Over the past several months, the City of Littleton has received calls from citizens who have noticed rats around the community. Littleton Code Enforcement typically manages inquiries regarding rats. If a property has a persistent rat issue, pest control companies can assist. Rat issues are somewhat cyclical, based on the predator population. Disease has decreased the number of coyotes in the southwest metro region in the past several years and rats have been reported on the increase in communities throughout the metro Denver area. “Mange hit the fox and coyote populations pretty heavily and since they feed on mice, rats, and rabbits, it makes sense that their populations are on the rise,” said Littleton Humane Officer Terry Carr.
The city’s building permitting process requires that all construction sites are kept free of trash and ensures routine scheduled pick up if there are dumpsters on-site. Property owners and managers can also minimize rats from becoming a nuisance on their properties with a few simple tips:
When: Wednesday, February 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Englewood Civic Center Community Room;
1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood 80110
RSVP by Monday, February 6 to Tim Aston at 303-738-7907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This time of year, the days are getting shorter and the temps are dropping, meaning that you could be wasting a lot of energy and money on inefficient lighting and heating in your home.
Join the cities of Littleton and Englewood, Colorado State University Extension, and Xcel Energy on Wednesday, February 8 for a free interactive workshop focused on making energy efficiency decisions and improvements in your home. Attendees receive a free LED bulb!
You will learn:
A technician will walk through what a typical visit from the Home Energy Squad® is like and will be on hand to answer questions about your home. Workshop participants will be entered into a raffle for a free Home Energy Squad® visit.
The cities of Littleton and Englewood, CSU Extension, and Xcel Energy are pleased to work together to achieve our community energy goals.
NOTE: You will need to attach the dimmer leads using wire “nuts” or connectors. The wires from a dimmer switch will appear different than the wires attached to your existing switch. They are what are known as “stranded” wire. Stranded wire is composed of a bundle of small – gauge wires wrapped in a single piece of insulation to make a larger conductor. Stranded wire is more flexible than standard wire.
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Have you been thinking about remodeling and wondering whether or not it’s worth it? First you might want to do a cost-benefit analysis. This analysis is simply a compilation of the costs of a project compared to the benefits you will receive once the project is complete.
The costs of a project are mostly objective, it’s the cost of the material and labor required to complete a project. The benefits, however, are both objective; How much increase in value will my home see as a result of this remodel?, and subjective; How much will this remodel benefit me and my family in terms of convenience, enjoyment or comfort?
Only you can determine the subjective value of a remodeling project but the folks at Remodeling magazine have done a great analysis of the objective cost of a variety of projects for you. You can download your copy of the Denver report here, Cost vs Value Report, for other areas of the country go here, www.costvalue.com
Here are a couple examples:
A remodeling project like replacing the siding on your home with cement fiberboard siding may not provide you or your family a big increase in comfort, convenience or enjoyment BUT according to the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), it has a great return on investment. If you choose to replace your existing siding with high quality cement fiberboard siding you will spend $13,250 and increase the value of your home by $13,560 which is a 102.3% return on investment! So if your siding is in need of replacement this choice is easy.
Finishing your basement will likely provide you and your family a significant increase in enjoyment, convenience and comfort. According to the Cost vs Value Report a basement remodel will cost you $62,131 and will increase the value of your home by $49,082 which is a 79% return on investment (for every $1 spent you get $0.79 in return). If you’re planning on staying in your home for a while, need additional space to accommodate a growing family or want a more comfortable home, the decision to remodel the basement is likely a good one. If you’re planning on putting your home on the market in 6 months, you might want to reconsider.
Here are the final (almost) pictures. The only thing we have left to do is install a light fixture in the ceiling and a pendant over the sink. Those are both on order. I looked and looked an finally found something I liked at Urban Lights on Sante Fe. I’m continually surprised at how expensive lighting fixtures are. Oh well, after all the money we’ve spent on this kitchen I guess I shouldn’t complain and at least have what I want to finish it all off.
Here are pictures of the lighting I picked out.
The final pictures (without lighting) I have a couple that show before and after paint. We didn’t have many walls to paint. We painted the wall we had cut out and the back wall on the north side with the doorway to the family room.
|Wall that was cut out.|
|Looking North West Before Paint|
|Looking North West After Paint|