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Moving to a new home or doing major renovations can be a stressful experience. If you don’t plan ahead, your important projects can end up putting you over budget and out of money. Thankfully, cost calculators can help you get a better idea of the average cost for a wide variety of home projects, so that you’re armed with information going in and have peace of mind that you have enough to complete the project. Determining the cost in advance and keeping track of your budget will ensure that your next renovation or home update goes smoothly without breaking the bank. Knowing your project cost ahead of time will help you choose the right materials, the right contractors, and the right type of project for a beautiful, affordable renovation.
Before you start ripping up the flooring or tearing out your kitchen cabinets, it’s crucial to have an accurate starting point in terms of your budget and what you’ll expect to pay to complete your project from start to finish. Use the project cost guide at Porch.com to help you find a reliable estimate for a wide range of renovations and other home projects. From adding a new roof to your home to painting the walls, these cost guides will help you along the way so you can stay on track.
The average cost of a DIY move is approximately $660, but full-service movers with a truck will likely cost you closer to $2,500 or more. If you’re moving across the country, prepare to pay an even higher cost. To help you with your estimate, try the HireAHelper Moving Calculator. This handy moving calculator lets you put in your start and end zip codes, how many bedrooms you need to move, the square footage of your home, and if you plan on driving. In addition to the helpful calculator and tools, you’ll get real customer reviews from a variety of well-known, national moving and storage companies. Use the moving options comparison to give you a better idea of which moving method is best for you budget-wise.
The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to renovate, and it also has one of the highest returns in terms of resale if you’re planning to sell your home. The renovations you can do in this room are endless, ranging from simple and inexpensive to extremely intense and high-cost. You can renovate your kitchen slowly by changing appliances or updating cabinets, then work your way toward more complex updates like new flooring or countertops.
Install a dishwasher: It costs between $669 and $1,256 to install a dishwasher, with the average cost being $863. This cost includes your new dishwasher and the labor required to remove your old dishwasher and hook up the new one. You can use this cost calculator to help you determine what you can expect to pay in your area. Costs will vary depending on the type of dishwasher you choose, whether you need the old one disposed of, and how complicated the new installation will be (i.e. your plumbing needs to be repaired or updated).
Install cabinets: On a per-cabinet basis, prepare to pay around $181 to $282 for each. That comes out to approximately $5,095 to install new cabinets in an average-sized kitchen. It’s important to calculate your cost in advance so you can stick to your budget. Remember that custom cabinets will cost a lot more, probably closer to between $13,000 and $30,000 installed. Use the calculator to enter your zip code, how many cabinets you’ll need to have installed, and whether old ones need to be removed for a more accurate snapshot of what it will cost you.
The bathroom is an extremely popular place to make major renovations. Whether it’s your master bath or a guest bathroom, updating this room can do wonders for your home — and your life. From beautiful new flooring to a luxurious jetted tub, the cost to renovate your bathroom will vary depending on the amount of work done and whether any major changes to the plumbing or electrical systems will be required.
Install bathroom floor tile: New tile can transform your bathroom, giving it a whole new look. On average, it costs between $3,650 and $5,650 to install new tile in a 320 square-foot bathroom. It’s important to calculate the cost of the installation — including the size of your bathroom as well as the price of tile per square foot. Luxurious, high-end tile will cost more than basic tile, and heated floors can add a significant amount to your bathroom renovation cost, too — but they’re totally worth it if you live where it’s cold in the winter. Make sure you include the cost to demo and remove the old flooring as well.
Install a toilet: Plan to pay between $457 and $840 to have a new toilet installed. Costs will vary depending on the brand of toilet you choose, finish options, and whether the plumber needs to make any major changes to the plumbing. Use this online calculator to determine a more accurate picture of what you’ll need to budget for your toilet-updating project. Enter your zip code, how many toilets you plan to replace, and a few other factors for an estimated cost for your project.
In most cases, you only need to hire a plumber if you have a leak or you’re making major upgrades on fixtures or appliances that are attached to the plumbing in your home. It’s important to get several estimates from a few local plumbers before you commit so that you have a better idea of what the current rates are in your area. The cost of plumbing also depends on the intensity of the job and what type of work needs to be done.
Install a washing machine: The national average cost to install a washing machine is approximately $951. Aside from the cost of the appliance itself, the biggest cost factor will be how much your plumber charges for labor. It’s important to note that it shouldn’t take more than two hours to install the machine, so keep that in mind when you get hourly estimates from plumbers in your area.
From gorgeous hardwood to carpet and tile, new flooring is a great way to transform an entire home. This popular project can vary dramatically in cost, depending on the materials you choose and how much square footage you need to cover. Updated flooring is an excellent project if you’re planning to sell and want to “wow” potential buyers — and maybe even get a better price for your home.
Install a hardwood floor: Hardwood is a gorgeous material that usually ranges between $8.25 and $12 per square foot, with an average installation cost of $3,000 for a 300-square foot room. Calculating your hardwood flooring installation cost is vital since this project can’t be put on pause once it’s started. Shop around for different brands and materials, since you may be able to get hardwood for as low as $1 per square foot if you’re on a tight budget.
Install carpet: New carpet can transform your home and add a soft layer to your floors. Carpet prices vary widely, depending on the brand name, color, and carpet type. The national average cost for carpet is around $2.46 per square foot. with a total installation price of between $1,279 and $1,782 for a 300 square-foot room. The cost of flooring like carpet or tile is something you’ll want to calculate in advance so that you’re sure about the price of the total project, including materials and labor.
Your roof is one of the key components of your home, and it’s important that the roof is in excellent condition to prevent leaks and structural damage. A new roof is also a wise upgrade for sellers who want to get a higher asking price. The standard roof is comprised of asphalt shingles, but you can also choose other materials like metal or clay tile, although these will cost you considerably more.
Install a shingle roof: Get ready to pay between $13,595 and $18,000 for a new shingle roof. Your total cost may depend on where you live, current demand, and the type of shingles or finish you choose. Always estimate your costs in advance so you’re prepared for the high price tag of this major home renovation.
Replace a roof: Replacing an entire roof can be costly, and it typically costs around $9,400 on average for a 2,200 square-foot home. It’s recommended that you calculate your costs first so you’re aware of the price of a new roof in your area as well as how much labor will be to install it.
Re-doing the garage is one home project that often gets overlooked, but many homeowners like to improve this part of their home to keep it secure and looking attractive for great curb appeal. A new garage door can do wonders for your home, while a simple paint job is an affordable way to give a garage a nice makeover without breaking the bank.
Install a single garage door: If you have a single-car garage, the cost to replace the door typically ranges between $675 and $930, including labor. The biggest cost factor is the price of the door itself, with labor following as a close second. Shop around to find the best deals in your area to ensure you’re getting an affordable upgrade.
Paint a garage: A new paint job will make your garage and home look fresh. If you need to pressure wash the garage before painting, be sure to include this cost in your total price. Use this garage painting calculator to help you figure out the cost for your garage paint job — and remember that the typical cost is usually between $375 to $750 for an average-sized garage.
From flowering shrubs and trees to sod, updating your landscaping will do wonders for your curb appeal. You can also choose to add an artificial lawn if mowing the grass isn’t your thing or create a xeriscape that pretty much takes care of itself. No matter what you choose, it’s important to budget this project ahead of time so that your new landscaping job will turn out beautifully without surprising your bank account.
Install sod: New sod creates a lush, healthy lawn. The cost to install new sod will vary, depending on your location, how big your yard is, and current labor prices. On average, it costs between $400 and $800, with a national average cost of $1,849, depending on the amount of prep work needed, the size of the lawn, and more.
Install an artificial lawn: If you prefer not to worry about lawn maintenance, an artificial lawn is an excellent alternative. Costs to install an artificial lawn depend on what type of turf you choose and current labor rates. The average cost of artificial grass is $5.86 per square foot, but it’s important to use a cost calculator to help you determine what the total price will be, including prepping the lawn, old sod disposal, and the installation cost itself.
From a new roof to new landscaping, cost calculators will help you get a handle on your renovation budget. Remember to use your zip code, total square footage (when applicable), and the cost of materials to help ensure that your estimate for project costs is as accurate as possible. With a little bit of planning, you can make the upgrades you’ve always dreamed of without spending too much of your hard-earned cash.
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Selling your home can be exciting, but without proper groundwork, it can become a stressful situation. Homes that aren’t adequately prepared can sit on the market for lengthy periods or not draw reasonable offers. Your house is a major investment, and Robert Greene Realty wants you to be able to maximize your home’s sale price and get an offer quickly. Here we offer some helpful resources for making a good sale.
With the pandemic comes new challenges of selling a home. Use the following resources to help turn your efforts into a success.
Pros and Cons of Selling a House During the Pandemic
Tips for Creating Virtual Tours That Stand Out
Open House Guidance During COVID-19
Most buyers make a snap decision about a home based on a few minutes of touring the property. You can spruce up the home’s exterior with the following strategies.
14 Secret Landscaper Tips and Tricks
6 Tips to Achieve a Perfect Lawn
How Color Theory and a Few Flowers Can Make Your Curb Appeal Bloom
How Your Front Door Color Can Attract Buyers
Potential buyers want to feel at home and welcomed when they’re looking at the interior. Here are tips for de-personalizing the home—and what you should do with your personal belongings.
A Guide to Decluttering to Sell Your Home
Where to Sell Your Stuff Online
Where to Store Your Stuff When Staging and Selling a Home
How to Stage a House That Sells
Use Interior Design Services for Virtual Staging
The house should be deep cleaned before the first showing, and then kept up throughout the period it’s on the market. Check out these ideas for a sparkling clean home.
How to Get Organized to Sell Your House
Deep Cleaning Your House: A Room-by-Room Guide
How to Keep a House Clean Every Day of the Week
Invest in a Quality Vacuum to Keep Your Floors Clean
At Robert Greene Realty, we know that selling your home can feel daunting at times, but with these tips and tricks, you can achieve a successful sale—even during the pandemic. Make a great first impression with your home’s exterior and present a clean, uncluttered, and depersonalized interior. Good preparation is the key!
When you’re ready to sell, connect with an expert agent at Robert Greene Realty so you can get the best price for your home! Call today to get started. 1-800-776-9692
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Downsizing can be beneficial to many people. Whether you want to reduce stress by having less responsibilities or simply need a smaller space for your health and safety as a senior, a downsize can help you achieve your goals while allowing you to save money at the same time. But what happens when the downsize comes with more than you expected? Being unprepared for the move and everything it entails can lead to some issues that will leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to avoid any costly mistakes and make the downsize a smooth one. From researching the housing market to make sure it’s the right time to sell/buy to going through the decluttering and packing aspects of the move, there are several things you can do to help make the process easier.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to avoid common mistakes often made during a downsize.
Research the market
Knowing what to expect from the housing market is essential, but many individuals don’t spend enough time researching real estate trends. It’s important that you do this for both your current area and the area you’re interested in buying in. The real estate market can be tricky to navigate, and there are many details you may overlook, so educating yourself about the ins and outs of buying and selling will help the process go much more smoothly. For example, in Jacksonville, homes currently have a median listing price of around $270,000.
While researching the market, it’s a good idea to put a budget into place. That way, you know precisely how much you can spend. This is also a great time to take a closer look at your finances and address any problems or lingering issues. For example, if debt is preventing you from affording the house of your dreams, you can seek help to combat that problem. Working with a debt relief specialist can help you get a better handle on your finances and, in turn, afford the home you want, as opposed to the one you’re simply settling for.
When you’re ready to seriously search for a new home, get in touch with Robert Greene of Greene Realty, who can help you find precisely what you’re after.
Have a plan for your belongings
During a typical move, it’s easy for homeowners to pack their things without careful planning. With a downsize, however, it’s important to have a plan in mind for each of your belongings. Moving into a smaller space means you won’t be able to bring everything, and in some cases, you may even need to replace large pieces of furniture with smaller and simpler ones. Go through each room carefully and make decisions about which items you’re going to take, sell, throw away, or give to loved ones.
Think about how your needs may change
You might find a home that meets all your current needs, which is fantastic, but what about your future needs? Many downsizes come as a necessity for seniors whose homes no longer allow them to remain independent, so a new living situation would need to be accessible both now and down the road. For instance, you may not have mobility issues at the moment, but as you get older, it might be much harder for you to step into the shower or navigate stairs. Thinking about these details now will help to prevent costly remodels later on.
Time it right
One of the biggest mistakes people make when downsizing is not determining how other aspects of their life will affect the timeline. Timing is everything when it comes to a move; after you’ve researched the housing market and found out everything you need to know about home prices, keep in mind that selling your home during a strong housing market can make a big difference financially. Not only can the market turn quickly, but you may have other big life changes, health issues, or financial setbacks down the road that will make a move difficult or impossible. Rather than waiting to downsize, you’re better off doing it now while it’s still relatively easy.
Downsizing should be a smooth and enjoyable transition. With a little planning and some research, you can avoid making common downsizing mistakes and reduce your stress at the same time.
Robert Greene of Robert Greene Realty can help you find the home you want. Stop by the Greene Realty website or call 800-776-9692.
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Making the decision to move to a new home is exciting for many seniors. Thinking about each step in the process, however, can be stressful. Deciding what to take, how to pack, or even where to move can all be a lot for anyone to handle. If you are a senior who is planning a major move soon, keep these helpful tips in mind.
Get Prepared for the Home-buying Process
Purchasing a home is no easy feat. You’ll need to take several steps before packing and moving into your new abode.
Contact Robert Green Realty to Start Looking for Your New Home
Choose a Home That Can Grow with You
When shopping for a new home, it can be easy to get wrapped up in emotion. For seniors who are looking to age in place, however, it is crucial to look for homes that have accessibility features already built-in.
Work with Moving Professionals
The other experts you need on your team are professional movers. These pros will be able to move everything from your home to your new place with ease. They can also move excess belongings to storage for the interim.
Why It’s Worth the Money to Hire Movers
Declutter and Downsize Before You Pack
Whenever you move, it can be tempting to simply pack up everything you own, but it’s best to thoroughly sort through your items.
Seniors Downsizing: Decluttering a Senior’s Home
Moving always brings stress, but there are ways for seniors to ease the tension. Work with the right professionals, and take the time to really sort through your old home so you can have a fresh start in your new one.
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If you purchased a home in 2019, November 2020 will be the first year that you’re paying real estate taxes on that property based on your purchase price. Your Real Estate Broker should have told you that those taxes may be different from the taxes that were paid by the previous owner. If there is anything that can be done to reduce those taxes, now is the time to do it.
Hi, I am Robert Greene. For many years I traveled the state of Florida as a real estate tax consultant negotiating with property appraisers to reduce taxpayer’s taxes on their properties. As you may know, the Volusia County property appraiser has just sent the notice of what your taxes may be in your November bill. You only have a limited amount of time to question these real estate taxes.
You may have received a letter from me previously reminding you to file for homestead exemption before March 1st of 2020. However, there are other exemptions and benefits that may be available to you.
*Note the Volusia County property appraiser does an excellent job of calculating the yes value of the land in Volusia County. As for Volusia County taxpayers, we should be proud of our local property appraiser. However, their work is done on a mass appraisal basis. There may be things that you can do to reduce your assessed value.
If you purchased a home in 2019, 2020 will be the first year that you’re paying a full year of real estate taxes on that property. Here are a couple of items that may save you hundreds of dollars.
• First, I would like to remind you to file for tax exemptions such as “Homestead”. These exemptions probably won’t eliminate your Florida property taxes, but they can certainly help your pocketbook. If you live in your home and it is your principal residence, you must file before March 1st.
• Second, if you sold a home in the state of Florida in the last 24 months, you may have “Save Our Homes” savings that you can transfer to your new residence in Volusia County.
Contact your local property appraiser to discuss either of these possibilities.
This guide is intended to help seniors and their loved ones determine which Orlando senior living option is right for them. In addition to comparing senior living costs in various Florida cities, this guide provides information on resources for seniors who need financial assistance, as well as details on low-income senior housing. To learn more about senior living options and resources in the state, view our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Florida click on the link below.