If your plan is to remodel, you’ll need to know what your budget can allow before you contact contractors. You can try a project calculator which uses the largest construction database available to provide you a custom estimate on your project. The amazing thing is you can put in your zip code and project information and the Remodeling Budget Estimator will give you figures for dimensions, contractor, labor, material and local pricing.
The DIY Network site uses information from the most respected data sources that spans over thirty years in the construction industry. The data consist of a multitude of factors that impact your project, such as the consumer price index, specific materials, exact dimensions, local pricing and markup by the contractor.
The research is updated every 90 days throughout the nation to stay on top of material cost by hundreds of lumberyards. They compile labor cost by tracking trends and also collect data from professional remodeling contractors who use this pricing service. The costs are collected from over 200 areas in the nation and are priced to your particular area. The price from the DIY Network site is determined by the information you give the calculator. However, when you have a contractor come in they may find there are things that were not taken into consideration or a number of things that could impact the end price. Some factors that can affect the project are weather, unusual terrain, access to the work area, and scheduling.
You can find the remodeling estimator on the DIY Network site at: www.CostEstimator.com/diy/index.jsp
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Originally posted at: http://homesforsaleinhavasu.com/2011/10/21/estimator-for-bathroom-and-remodeling