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Old 09-15-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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Default Ballpark figure: how much does it cost to re-do all the flooring in a house?

I'm a first-time home buyer, and nearly all the houses I've been looking at need a total overhaul on their flooring. I don't like carpet, and would want to put in all hardwood floors throughout the house, and perhaps some ceramic tile in the kitchen.

For your average size, modest 3-bedroom house, what is a ballpark figure for this? Let's assume an average-priced hardwood flooring. And I would not be doing any of the work myself.

Any figures anyone can provide? I'm completely new to this.
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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There are way too many variables involved to even come close to a guess. Average sized 3 bedroom house could be 1100 to 2200 square feet and it depends on how many rooms as well. A bunch of small rooms or a few large rooms? any odd angles? Everything level already or not? Subfloor in good shape or needs work for a good solid nailing surface? And it depends on the area of the Country you are looking at as well when it comes to labor costs. The area may also affect the materials cost as well, but not too much I wouldn't think.
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Probably between $3,000 (small house laminate floors) and $2,5034,783 (large house gold leafed imported marble.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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Hardwood you're looking at least $3 per square foot and up just for the flooring. Better flooring $4-$5 per square foot and up. That doesn't include underlayment, nails/glue(Floor nailer rental as well), moldings or labor if you hire someone to do it. Ceramic tile will run around $2 per square foot and up.

Say for the sake of argument say your house is 1,500 square feet with the kitchen around 200 square feet, two bathrooms around 240 square feet total. You'd be looking at 484 square feet of tile(440 sq ft + 10% waste), so around $968 and up for the tile unless you went bargain tile, which I wouldn't do. For the remaining 1,060 square feet you'd be looking at around $3,498 and up. (1,060 + 10% waste again, 1,166 square feet). A roll of underlayment for the floor can cover 100 sq ft, at least $25-$30 per roll. You're looking at $275-$330 and up for that. Fastening/adhesive materials would probably run around $100, maybe somewhat more. That's all based off a lowball estimate of $3/sq ft for hardwood, $2/sq ft for ceramic tile. It could easily run higher. If the wood flooring is $4/sq ft, you're talking $4,664. If the tile is $3/sq ft, you're talking $1,452.

So for a 1,500 square foot house you're talking minimally something over $5,000 or ~$3.33 per square foot, assuming you were ambitious and decided to give it a go yourself. Better materials, around $4.33 per square foot or over $6,500.

I have no idea how much it would cost to have your flooring installed for you, I've never researched it because I do my own work around here.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:57 PM
 
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I'm a first-time home buyer, and nearly all the houses I've been looking at need a total overhaul on their flooring. I don't like carpet, and would want to put in all hardwood floors throughout the house, and perhaps some ceramic tile in the kitchen.

For your average size, modest 3-bedroom house, what is a ballpark figure for this? Let's assume an average-priced hardwood flooring. And I would not be doing any of the work myself.

Any figures anyone can provide? I'm completely new to this.
What's on the floors now?

That could make a big difference.
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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Buy an older house that already has wood floors. Give them a good cleaning and a good polishing, and enjoy the variations that the years have provided. Problem solved.
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:40 PM
 
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We got a quote recently for a bedroom around $7/SF installed #2 grade oak. So not top of the line.
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:06 AM
 
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We put in red oak floors in our old house to go with some that were already there. We added the wood in our living room/dining room, about 500 sq feet. We had the existing wood refinished-tv room, hallway and a bedroom--another about 500 sq feet, total cost was a little over $5000.

Ballpark, figure about $600/room, give or take for size. For a larger room, count that as 2 rooms, 3 bathrooms will be about equal to one room.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:59 AM
 
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a lot more than you would think. We just put in laminate floors and I would never have another type. They hold up to the wear and tear and children and the dog!
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I would give the existing floors a good sanding and a coat of varnish or paint as appropriate.
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