Renovation Costs

Home Improvement Costs for 2008

The following costs are intended as ballpark estimates for repairs and improvements to a typical three bedroom home. The costs are based on information obtained in the east-central area of Ontario. Our experience has shown that actual contractor quotations can vary by as much as 300%.  It is advisable to obtain estimates from more than one contractor.

Roofing/Flashings/Chimneys
Install conventional asphalt shingles over existing shingles $1.50-$2.50 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with conventional asphalt shingles $2.50-$3.50 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with top-quality asphalt shingles $3.00-$4.00 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with low-slope asphalt shingles $3.00-$4.00 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with cedar shingles $7.00-$10.00 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with cedar shakes $8.00-$12.00 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with steel shingles $5.00-$6.00 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with aluminium shingles $4.50-$6.25 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with plastic shakes $4.50-$6.25 per sq. ft.
Install concrete tile roofing (assuming no structural reinforcement) $5.00-$7.00 per sq. ft.
Steel sheet roofing $5.00-$7.00 & up per sq. ft.
Install new slate roof $10.00-$20.00 per sq. ft.
Repair loose slates or tiles $30.00 per slate/tiles
Install asphalt roll roofing $1.10-$2.20 per sq. ft.
Strip and replace built-up tar and gravel roof $8.00-$12.00 per sq. ft. (min. $1000)
Strip and install modified bitumen roof membrane $8.00-$12.00 per sq. ft. (min. $1000)
Synthetic rubber membrane $10.00-$15.00 per sq. ft.
Improve flat roof drainage prior to installation of new membrane $2.00-$3.00 per sq. ft.
Paint modified bitumen membrane $0.25-$0.50 per sq. ft.  (min. $200)
Install sheet metal on small roof surfaces $8.00-$20.00 per sq. ft.  (min. $500)
Re-flash typical skylight or chimney on asphalt roof
$300.00-$500.00
Re-flash skylight or chimney on built-up or bitumen roof
$400.00-$700.00
Install metal cricket for wide chimney
$300.00-$500.00
Repair valley flashings on existing roof $20.00-$30.00 per lin. ft.  (min. $300)
Replace parapet wall flashing $20.00-$30.00 per lin. ft.  (min. $300)
Rebuild typical single-flue chimney above roof line $150.00-$300.00 per lin.ft. (min. $500)
Rebuild typical double-flue chimney above roof line $200.00-$400.00 per lin.ft. (min. $500)
Repoint typical single-flue chimney above roof line $20.00-$30.00 per row (min. $250)
Repoint typical double-flue chimney above roof line $25.00-$40.00 per row (min. $250)
Install concrete cap on typical single-flue chimney
$150.00-$300.00
Install concrete cap on typical double-flue chimney
$200.00-$400.00
Install rain cap on typical chimney $50.00-$100.00 each
Replace roof sheathing (plywood or waferboard) $1.50-$2.00 per sq. ft.
Exterior
Install galvanized or aluminum gutters and downspouts $4.00-$5.00 per lin.ft. (min. $500)
Provide downspout extensions $15.00-$25.00 each
Clean gutters in fall or spring
$50.00-$150.00
Install copper gutters and downspouts $15.00-$25.00 per lin. ft.
Install aluminium soffit and fascia $8.00-$12.00 per lin. ft.
Install aluminium siding $5.00-$6.00 per sq. ft.
Install vinyl siding $3.50-$5.00 per sq. ft.
install cedar siding $5.00-$7.00 per sq. ft.
Install paint grade siding $3.00-$4.50 per sq. ft.
Install stucco $7.00-$12.00 per sq. ft.
Re-point exterior wall (soft mortar) $3.00-4.50 per sq. ft. (min. $500)
Re-point exterior wall (hard mortar) $6.00-$8.00 per sq. ft. (min. $500)
Replace deteriorated bricks $20.00-$30.00 per sq. ft.
Rebuild parapet wall $20.00-$30.00 per sq. ft.
Chemical cleaning of unpainted brick $2.00-$3.00 per sq.ft.  (min. $1000)
Chemical cleaning of painted brick $4.00-$6.00 per sq.ft.  (min. $1000)
Sealing of brickwork $0.75-$1.00 per sq. ft.
Paint exterior trim (not including any repairs) $1500.00-$2500.00 and up
Paint trim and wall surfaces (not including any repairs) $3000.00 and up
Parge foundation walls $3.00-$4.00 per sq.ft.
Damp-proof foundation walls and install weeping tile $150.00-$200.00 per lin.ft. (min. $1000)
Install a deck $12.00-$25.00 per sq. ft.
Install deck on a flat roof $25.00-$40.00 per sq. ft.
Resurface existing asphalt driveway $2.50-$4.00 per sq. ft.
Seal asphalt driveway $50.00 and up
Install interlocking brick driveway $6.00-$8.00 per sq. ft.
Install a concrete driveway $6.00-$10.00 per lin. ft.
Install drain at bottom of sloped driveway
$1000.00-$1500.00
Install concrete slab patio $5.00-$8.00 per sq.ft.
Install concrete patio stones $2.00-$5.00 per sq.ft.
Rebuild exterior basement stairwell
$3500.00-$5000.00
Install drain at existing basement stairwell
$500.00-$800.00
Build detached garage (single) $8000.00 and up
Build detached garage (double) $12000.00 and up
Break wood-soil contact at detached garage $25.00-$40.00 per lin.ft. (min. $500)
Demolish and remove detached garage (dependent on dumping costs) $1500.00 and up
Install garage door (single, metal, one-piece)
$600.00-$800.00
Install garage door (single, wood, sectional)
$800.00-$1000.00
Install garage door (double, wood, sectional)
$1200.00-$1500.00
Install garage door opener
$300.00-$450.00
Build retaining wall (wood) $20.00-$25.00 per sq. ft. (min. $500)
Build retaining wall (concrete) $30.00-$40.00 per sq. ft. (min $500)
Replace porch steps (wood)
$200.00-$300.00
Replace porch steps (concrete)
$300.00-$500.00
Replace porch flooring $4.00-$6.00 per sq. ft.
Replace porch skirting $10.00-$15.00 per lin. ft.
Replace step railing
$100.00-$200.00
Install wooden fencing $16.00-$50.00 per lin. ft.
Install chain link fencing $7.00-$12.00 per lin. ft.
Lay sod $1.00-$2.00 per sq. ft.
Install lawn sprinkler system $1000.00 and up
Structure
Underpin one corner of house $3500.00 and up
Underpin or add foundations $300.00 and up per lin. ft. (min. $3000)
Lower basement floor by underpinning and/or bench footings $150.00-$300.00 per lin. ft. (min. $5000)
Replace deteriorating sill beam with concrete $60.00 and up per lin. ft. (min. $500)
Replace main beam in (unfinished) basement
$1000.00-$2000.00
Re-support (sister) a floor joist $100.00-$300.00 (unobstructed)
Install basement support post with proper foundation
$300.00-$500.00
Perform chemical treatment for wood-boring insects $1700.00 and up
Pest inspection performed by licensed specialist
$150.00-$300.00
Remove or open load-bearing wall $2000.00 and up (excluding decorating)
Remove partition wall $500.00-$1500.00 (excluding decorating)
Install door opening in interior wall
$500.00-$1000.00
Rebuild arch above window or door opening $800.00 and up
Install lintel above opening in masonry wall $500.00 and up
Install exterior basement stairwell $5000.00 and up
Repair minor crack in poured concrete foundation
$400.00-$800.00
Build an addition, foundation to roof $150.00-$300.00 per sq. ft.
Build an additional storey $100.00-$300.00 per sq. ft.
Install collar ties $30.00-$50.00 each
Install lateral bracing on collar ties
$100.00-$200.00
Replace roof sheathing $4.00-$6.00 per sq. ft.
Electrical
Upgrade electrical service to 100 amps (including new panel)
$1000.00-$1300.00
Upgrade electrical service to 100 amps (if new panel not required)
$500.00-$800.00
Upgrade electrical service to 200 amps
$1800.00-$2200.00
Replace main ground (grounded to conductive water main)
$100.00-$150.00
Replace main ground (rural, install ground rods)
$250.00-$450.00
Install new circuit breaker panel
$500.00-$900.00
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