By Meg Escott
I thought a page on remodeling cost per square foot as opposed to new construction cost per square foot would be useful.
It may come as a surprise to learn that remodeling cost per square foot is usually more expensive than construction cost per square foot.
When it comes to remodeling cost per square foot it’s important to define the term remodeling.
Renovation and Remodeling can mean different things for different projects. When you’re asking about the cost of your project, make sure you're being clear about the scope of your project.
Your remodeling cost per square foot will be heavily dependent on the spaces you’re renovating. A kitchen or bathroom remodel is going to cost vastly more than renovating spaces such as living space or bedroom space which because they have far less fixtures and fittings.
The best person to ask about costs is a general contractor. As I mentioned above, you’ll need to be clear about the scope of your remodel for them to be able to give you a cost per square foot. It may in fact be easier for them to give you a quote for the job rather than a cost per square foot.
If you’re planning to hire the trades yourself, rather than seek a cost per square foot, it’s best to put your time and effort into assessing what needs to be done and then seeking quotes for each job.
Let’s say that remodeling means that you’re moving the interior walls of your home in order to repurpose your square footage and perhaps adding an addition.
Costs for your remodel and/or addition will depend on what you’re planning to do. For example...
Discuss different strategies with your designer and builder to establish which will represent the best value for your project.
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