Estimate the Cost of Your Home Renovation

By NerdWallet 
Edited by Beth Buczynski

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Renovating or considering a home improvement project? See how much it could cost, based on what other homeowners paid across the nation.

Know you’re getting the best deal — or see how affordable upgrades can be.

The calculator includes national data. Keep in mind that these are median national values, so your home renovation could cost more or less.

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Costs tend to vary based on local market conditions, how elaborate the renovation is (for example, a renovation with the most expensive materials could skew much higher, whereas using low-cost supplies could cause the renovation to be cheaper), and how extensive it is (such as a complete renovation versus a partial one).

We recommend using the data above as an initial indication of the cost of a renovation, but to get multiple quotes from contractors and to check sites like HomeAdvisor for additional data.


We examined U.S. Census data from the 2019 American Housing Survey. The Census Bureau uses a price median — the midpoint between the most expensive and the cheapest — because it gives a better indication of price trends than an average, which can be skewed by costs in very expensive and very inexpensive housing markets.

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