Home improvements are a great way to spruce a dwelling. By renovating and rejuvenating your house, you can ensure that you continue to enjoy living in your space.
Naturally, however, there is also a cost attached to these tasks, even if you’re competent with DIY. This expense increases substantially if you call in a professional tradesperson to complete the work for you.
If you’re wondering how much a job you have in mind if likely to cost, take a look at the list below. Seek out the home improvements that you’re interested in, and click on the resource link. You’ll find a detailed guide as to how much money you can reasonably expect to pay, and budget accordingly.
Alternatively, if you would rather be connected with a local tradesmen in your area, visit our quote page here.
If you find asbestos in your home, it’s imperative that you get it removed as quickly as possible. Asbestos is a health hazard, which is why you’ll need a qualified professional to carry out the work. The bill could reach upward of £2,500 to clear out an entire house. Smaller, individual jobs – such as clearing a water tank – will be around £250.
The cost of adding a conservatory to your home is highly variable. There is a wide range of conservatory designs available, and this extension can be as small or large as you can accommodate. Prices start at around £6,000, but could soar as high as £35,000 for an elaborate design.
A garage is a great addition to any home. Garages could be used for storage for your vehicle, or converted into an additional room or guesthouse. At the very least, a garage will cost around £18,000, so it’s not a cheap job. The good news, however, is that a garage can add as much as 10% to the value of your home. This means you could consider it an investment as much as an expense.
It’s impossible to accurately estimate the cost of an extension to your property without an inspection. Every home is different, and comes with different challenges. Expect to pay a minimum of £40,000 though – considerably more if you live in an expensive territory.
Think of an orangery as a high-class conservatory – which means the job will come with a price tag that matches such a status. The most basic model will cost around £20,000. An orangery built at this price may suffer with degradation in the medium- to long-term, though. Expect to pay closer to £50,000 for a long-lasting addition to your home.
Many of us take central heating for granted, but there are still a great many homes that rely upon storage heaters for warmth. Installing central heating in a typical four-bedroom house will cost around £4,000. This sounds like a lot, but it’s a considerably more cost-effective heating solution on a month-by-month basis, so you’ll save money on bills over time.
A chimney can bring character for the appearance of a home, but in many cases, they are completely redundant in the 21st Century. If you heat your home through central heating, your chimney is just taking up valuable space and offering nothing in return. Having it removed will cost around £1,500.
Fitted wardrobes are certainly more expensive than anything you’ll find in Ikea, but they can be a great way to maximise use of space in small or awkwardly shaped properties. Expect a bill that ranges between £2,500-5,000, depending on your unique requirements.
If you feel like your garage would be better served as an extension to your home, you can convert it into a living space. This will take work though. Expect to pay up to £7,000 to apply running water and safe electrical wiring, lay professional flooring, install or replaced doors and windows and insulate the walls. If you’d like central heating too, this will obviously be an additional cost.
Hiring a skip for a few days is a convenient way to clear your home of clutter. The costs of this will vary wildly, though. On average, you should not pay over £130 for a small skip, and around £350 for a large vessel. The common caveat applies, though – expect to pay more if you’re in London, or certain parts of the south.
Replacing your entire bathroom suite is a big job, and it needs to be carefully considered. How much work you actually decide to order will obviously impact greatly upon the price. The costs range from as low as £2,000 to as high as £10,000. It all depends on the size of the room, and the complexity of the job in hand.
Any homeowner will need to replace their boiler periodically. Typically, this will need to happen every fifteen years or so. This can cost up to £4,000, depending on which model you choose. Combi boilers are more cost-effective, but do come with certain limitations.
If you’re looking to freshen up your kitchen, a professional will typically charge around £8,000 to design and install everything you need. It pays to keep some extra cash too, though. You may need to replace your flooring and wiring at the same time, or bring in a painter and decorator to complete the aesthetic.
Few home improvements bring as much positive change as a skylight. These windows fill a room with light, helping it feel like a completely different space. The prices vary from around £600 to £1,500, depending on the size of the skylight and which safety features will need to be implemented.
A loft conversion is not a cheap job. The lowest end of the price range is around £20,000, and the bill could run to £60,000. Don’t think of this as an expense, though – consider it an investment. You’ll be adding an extra room to your home, which will increase its market value exponentially.
Every home needs a refresh from time to time. Bringing in a professional painter and decorator can save a number of domestic disputes! Assuming that your walls are in good condition, you should expect to be charged between £350-500 per room. These costs, as always will depend upon the experience and expertise of the tradesperson.
As with many trade jobs, the cost of paving your driveway depends upon its size. On average, expect to pay £100 per square metre for small driveways below 40m2, £85 per square metre for slightly bigger drives (up to 70m2), and £75 per square meter for particular large driveways. A typical driveway in the UK is 55 m2, so you’re looking at around £4,000.
Applying plaster to your walls can save you a great deal of effort – and money – on future decorating tasks. Expect to pay between £250 and £400 per room, depending on the dimensions. If you’d like your ceiling plastered too, you’ll have to get this quoted at the same time. It will result in an additional cost.
Rendering the exterior of your home provides insulation and protection from the elements. A range of materials can be used, which will impact the final price. Expect this to land between £4-6,000, depending on the size of your property, your location, and the techniques used by the tradesperson.
A welcoming front door is one of the most important elements of any home. If you’re looking to upgrade yours, the prices begin at around £250. That will buy you a standard, secure uPVC door. This could rise to up to £1,000 if you’d like more elaborate features, including windows.
Replacing a staircase in your home is an aesthetic job as much as a practical one. This will be reflected in the quotes you receive. A generic, like-for-like replacement of a staircase without relocation could be as little to £250. Multiply this by up to ten if you wish to move the location and add design elements and unique construction materials, though.
The price of replacing windows in your home depends on what window you choose. As a rule, expect to pay around £400. This price may increase, depending on the size of the window and the design that you choose. If you upgrade to Double Glazing, this could rise to around £500. Triple Glazing will be substantially more expensive, though the results will speak for themselves.
Rewiring a home is a complex job, which comes with a price tag to match. If you have a small home, such as a one-bedroom flat, the cost will not be too eye watering. Expect to pay around £2,000. Re-wiring a larger house with multiple rooms could run to upward of £6,000. There may also be additional expenses if you need to move furniture to provide access for an electrician.
Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular among environmentally conscious homeowners. As always, the initial outlay depends on the dimensions of your property. A small roof can be covered for around £1,500. A very large home will cost around £8,000. The good news is that solar panels are an investment. Your initial outlay will be slowly and steadily repaid through lower electricity bills over the following 25 years.
If you use your car daily, your driveway will see no shortage of action. This will inevitably cause wear and tear, which may lead to potholes that can damage your vehicle. Tarmacking your drive will provide a protective surface that prevents this. Expect to pay up to £60 per square meter.
If you’re ready to take the plunge on making some home improvements, you’ll want to ensure that you hire the best person for the job.
The fastest and easiest way to do this is by posting your needs here. Notify our community of experienced tradespeople, and you’ll have a range of qualified professionals offering their services. Before you know it, your house will be a home again.