Your Guideline for Home Renovation Spending

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When it comes to your home renovation budget, here’s a simple rule of thumb to follow so you can avoid going overboard: Try not to spend more on a room than the value of that room as a percentage of your home’s overall value.1 Sound confusing?

Here’s an example:

  • A kitchen is typically 10 to 15 percent of the property value, so if your home is worth $300,000, you’ll want to spend $45,000 or less to recoup the most from your investment. 1

What about other parts of your house?

  • Finished attic: No more than 15%2
  • Finished basement: 15-20%3
  • Bathroom: 5-10%4
  • Landscaping: 5-10%5

While it’s important to consider the impact of renovations on your home’s value and their potential return on investment, you may have additional considerations that are less cut and dried. Are you a foodie who loves spending time whipping up new recipes? If so, you might consider going over that 10-to-15 percent guideline for your kitchen based on what’s important to you—just make sure it works with your overall budget and goals.

And remember to factor in an extra 10 to 20 percent (or more) of your renovation budget for unforeseen expenses, like unexpected electrical work.1

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1 “How to Set a Home Renovation Budget,” March 13, 2018, Zillow

2 “Attic Conversion Cost – Turn Your Attic In To A Loft,” Jan. 2, 2018, Remodeling Calculator

3 “How to Manage the Cost to Finish a Basement,” April 23, 2018, NerdWallet

4 “Bathroom Remodel Cost 2017-2018: Budget, Average, Luxury,” March 17, 2018, Home Remodeling Costs Guide

5 “What Percentage of My Home's Value Should Be Put Into Landscaping?” Feb. 26, 2016, Better Homes & Gardens

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