Probable Life and Replacement/Repair Costs

These figures are approximations provided by home inspectors in the Midwest states. Costs in the South and in rural areas may be less, and costs in the Northeast, Far West and some large urban areas may be much greater. Trades persons charge 30-60/hr.: laborers charge half that. Costs listed below are installed or hired-out costs unless otherwise noted as DIY, and presume that several jobs will be performed during the repair person’s visit. Be sure to add travel/first-hour fees for small jobs (perhaps $30-$60).

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Abbreviations
DIY Do-it-yourself
ea. Each
Sq.' Square Foot
sq. yd. Square Yard
life Lafe, total number of years
In.' Linear Foot
rpl (or rpr) Replace or repair system
sys System
w/ (or w/o) With (or Without)

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Exterior
Asphalt flatwork,
new overlay
1.50/sq.'
Caulk plumbing/elect. penetrations .50 ea. DIY
Caulk siding-window/door trim 1/In.'
Concrete flatwork, install 4-10.sq.'
Deck, water repellant, coating* .10/sq.' DIY
* = life of coating 1-2 yr.
Door, solid entrance, rpl 400-600; 100 DIY
Door, garage, rpl (8' wide)* 400-600
* = life of door 10-20 yr.
Grading, remove 6" to slope for 10' 45-60/hr
Guardrail, install on deck/porch 10/In.'
Paint removal, smooth surface 2/sq.'
Paint removal, convoluted surface 4/sq.'
Paint siding, old paint in good condition 1/sq.'
Paint stripping from old door 50-100 (10-15 DIY)
Retaining wall, 4' high, wood 30-40/In.' (15 DIY)
Siding, aluminum/vinyl, rpl. 3+/sq.'
Siding, plywood, rpl 4'8' panel 60 ea. (30 DIY)
Siding, stucco, rpl 4-7 sq.'
Siding, stucco, rpr, 8' crack 100
Siding, rpr small budge 100-250

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Structure
Brick mortar joints, tuck pointing 3+/sq.' (.50 DIY)
Brick wall, rebuilding 6+/sq.'
Chimney, stabilization of tilt 300-3000
Crack rpr, formed concrete 150/8'
Crack rpr, hollow masonary 500+
Deck, build new 12-20/sq.'
Deck lateral bracing 20 per brace
Deck, cantilever bracing 20/In.'
Deck/porch, floor rpl, pain wood* 7-15/sq.'
* = Life of deck/porch 20 yr.
Deck/porch, floor rpl, CCA treated* 4-15/sq.'
* = Life of deck/porch 20 yr.
Dech, strengthen attachment to house 5-15/In.'
Foundation, shoring ulge w/210s 7-15 ea. 210
Foundation rpr, major (underpin, etc.) 1000++
Garage-sized slab, intact, mud jack 1000++
Garage-sized slab, remove and rpl 10-15/sq.'
Girder, wood, entire rpl 10-30/In.'
House leveling (pier & beam foundation) 50-200/pier
Insulation, falling, support w/ wires .20/sq.'
Joist reinforcement sister (w/o cables/ducts) 100 ea. 2616
Joist reinforcement sister (w/ cables/ducts) 200+ ea.
Mud sill, rpl ($300 min.) 50/In.'
Parge foundation wall 3+/sq.'
Stoop/step leveling/rebuilding 300-1000 ea.
Sump pump, rpl 200+ (80 DIY)
Vapor retarder, add as soil cover .5/sq.' (.10 DIY)
Vent, add to foundation space 100 ea. (4-5 DIY)

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Roof and Related
Baffles, add (to vent above insulation) 5 ea. (2 DIY)
BUR, 4-ply, rpl* 4+/sz.'
* = Life of BUR 5-50 yr.
Chimney, brick, rebuild top 3' 300+ ea.
Chimney cap, rpl 100+ ea.
Downspout, aluminum, rpl* 3-4/In.'
* = Life of Downspout 10 yr.
Flashing, re-adhere, per chimney 50 ea. (10 DIY)
Flashing, rpl 150+ ea chimney
Gutters, aluminum, rpl* 4/In.' (1 DIY)
* = Life of gutters 15+ yr.
Rafter sag, add collar tie (168) 25 ea. (10 DIY)
Roll roofing, rpl (double-coverage)* .60/sq.'
* = Life of roll roofing 15+ yr.
Shakes, rpl* 4+/sq.'
* = Life of shakes 10-30 yr.
Shingles, asphalt, rpl (nail over) .75+/sq.'
Life of asphalt shingles 10-25 yr.
Shingles, asphalt, rpl (tear off) 1.25+/sq.'
Shingles, slate, rpl faulty shingle 75-100 ea.
Life of slate shingles 75-100 yr.
Shingles, slate, rpl 7+/sq.'
Life of wood shingles 25-30 yr.
Shingles, wood, rpl 4+/sq.'
Life of single-ply membrane 5-? yr.
Single-ply membrane, rpl 2-3/sq.'
Tin (galv.) corrugated, rpl 2/sq.'
Life of tin (galv.) corrugated 20-30 yr.
Tin (standing seem, galv.) rpl 4/sq.
Life of tin (standing seem, galv.) 20-100 yr.
Truss, rpr of rot/damaged member 50 ea.
Valley, galv., rpr pin hole leak 1/sq.'
Vent collar, rpl 35 ea.
Zinc strip, on ridge (moss control) 3/In.'

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PLUMBING ($35-60/hr, for plumber)
Caulk around tub/spout/etc,: 60+ (5 DIY)
Drain, sluggish- unclog 15' line: 50+
Drip leg (gas pipe), install-missing: 40+
Drip tray, install under appliance: 100 (30 DIY)
Faucet, rpl: 130-250
Faucet, rpr drip (grind/rpl seat): 40
As above, but single handle: 60
Faucet in shower, rpl: 160+
*Life of the above: 5-20 yr. depending on water
Faucet, lower than flood rim, rpr: 150
Freeze protect. (heat tape install): 2/In.' DIY
Hose bibb, rpl (copper piping): 120 (20 DIY)
Septic sys. ejector pump, rpl: 900
*Life of above: 5-10 yr.
Septic field, rpl: 2500-5000 depending on conditions
*Life of above: 10-15yr.
Septic tank & dist. box, rpl (3 BR): 1200-1500
*Life of above: 20+ yr.
Service line, rpl, in cold climate: 100+/In.'
Shower pan, rpl: 800+
Shower pan, overlay, rpl tile: 300+
Shower door, install or rpl: 200+
Sink, rpl: 250+
Supply pipe, rpl w/PB (accessible): 3-6/In.'
*As above, copper instead of PB: 4-8/In.'
Supply pipe, rpl w/PB (hidden): 12-20/In.'
*As above, except copper: 14-22
Toilet, re-set (no floor rot): 90 (5 DIY)
Toilet, rpl: 200-400; (50-250DIY)
Toilet, rpl bowl: 180+
Toilet, rpl tank: 180+
Toilet, running, rpl valve/seat: 20-40
*As above except DIY: 3-6
*As above except rpl ball-cock: 60 (4-8 DIY)
Toilet seat, rpl: 40+ (10+ DIY)
Toilet, sluggish flush, rpr: 40-150
TRP valve, rpl: 45+
Trap, "S", rpl w/mechanical vent: 150
Trap, brass, rpl: 45+ (10+ DIY)
Tub, rpl: 400+
Tub spout, rpl: 70
Water hammer, rpr: 45-60/hr.
Water heater, gas or elect., rpl tank: 400+
*Life of the above: 3-30 yr.
Water heater, rpl dip tube: 95
Water htr, rpl thermostat/gas valve: 180
Water heater, rpl elect. thermostat: 70
*As above, except elec. element: 60 (10 DIY)
Water heater, rpl TRP valve: 50+ (15 DIY)
Water purification system, installed: 800+
Well pump w/poly pipe, pull: 1.50/'
*As above, but galv. pipe: 3/'
Well pump rpl (not include. pulling): 300+
*Life of the above: 10 yr.
Well pump, shallow well, rpl: 250-400
*As above, except DIY: 170
*Life of the above: 10 yr.
Well's captive air tank, rpl: 200-300
*Life of the above: 20 yr.
Well foot valve, shallow well/spring: 25-100 (10 DIY)
Well's pressure-sensitive switch, rpl: 60; (15-30 DIY)
Vacuum breaker (dishwasher), inst.: 100
Vacuum breaker spits water, rpr: 45-100; (0-20 DIY)
Valve, cut-off, stem leak: 45-60; (5-20 DIY)

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ELECTRICAL ($35-60/hr)
Antenna grounding, install: 75+ depending ht. Alum.
Wiring, rpr w/Copalum: 20/opening 100+
Anti-oxidant for alum. connection: 10-50+
Bonding of CATV or telephone: free
Box cover needed, DIY: .50-1 ea
Box needed to protect junctions: 50 ea.
Box, 100-A. panel, rpl: 350
Box, 200-A. panel heavy-up 900+
Breaker, add if space permits or rpl: 20-40 ea.
Connectors for cable entering box: 10-20 ea.
Circuit, branch, new, installed: 100+
Disconnect for subpanel/appliance: 150-250 ea.
Doorbell rpr: 50; 10-15 DIY
Fan bath, rpl (common brand): 50-100 ea.
Fan, ceiling, new instal.: 150-350 ea.
Fixture, light additional needed:   150+
Fixture, light, rpl:   30-100 ea.
GFI, install or rpl at receptacle:   50+ ea.
GFI, install or rpl in panel box:   70+ ea.
*Life of the above:10-15 yr.
Grounding connection in recpt., rpr:   50
Grounding electrode, rpl:   75-100
Grounding electrode conductor, rpl:   45-60
Lamp, closet, install approved:   150+
Recept., duplex, rpl/rpr:   20+ ea.
Recept, excessive voltage drop, rpr:   100
Smoke alarm, battery operated:   20 DIY
Smoke alarm, rpl:   50 (20, batt. pwr DIY)
Smoke alarm needed (hard wired)   100 ea.
Switch, light, needed/move:   100-200 ea.
Switch, light, rpl:   20+
Wiring sys. rpl w/Romex:   50-100/opening
*Life of the above: 40 yrs+
Fan, whole house, new instal.: 400+

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HEATING/ A.C.
A.C, central, add to furnace:   1800+ depending
A.C., central, clean outdoor unit:   50
A.C., central, clean condensate line:   40
A.C., central, clean indoor coils:   90+
A.C., compressor (see "compressor," below)
A.C. condensate pump, rpl:   100
Air conditioner, window, instal.:   350-600 ea.
Asbestos pipe lagging, encapsulate:   30/In.' DIY
*as above except remove asbestos:   2000++
Boiler expansion tank, rpl w/Extrol:   100+ ea.
Boiler, hot water, rpl w/copper-coil:   1300-4000 ea.
*Life of the above: 30+ yr.
Boiler sys., steam, rpl w/hot water:   1300-4000 ea.
Boiler zone valve, rpl:   200+
Burner system, oil, rpl:   600-800 ea.
Burner tune-up, oil:   70+
Burner fire pot, oil, rpl:   100+
Chimney flue cap, rpl:   80 ea.
Chimney liner for wood fire:   30+/In.'
*Life of the above: 15-20 yr.
Circulator, rpl:   200+ ea.
*Life of the above: 15-20 yr.
Compressor, A.C./heat pump, rpl:   800-2000 ea.
*Life of the above:   10-20yr.
Connector pipe to chimney, rpl 6':   70 ea.
Electric baseboard, new instal.:   50/In.'
*Life of the above: 10-20 yr.
Filter, electronic (new installed): 500-750 ea.
*Life of the above: 5-15 yr.
Fireplace, masonry, new, instal.:   4000-20,000
Furnace fan (blower), rpl:   200+
Furnace, heat exchanger, rpl:   800+
Furnace limit control, rpl: 90
Furnace resistance element, rpr.:   120
Furnace, rpl:   1400-2000
*Life of the above: 7-25 yr.
Furnace tune up:   50+
Radiator, cast iron, rpl:   200+
Space heater, vented gas, instal.:   300-700 ea.
Tank, oil, rpl:   600+
Thermostat, rpl:   70

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INTERIOR
Carpet, DIY (difficult):   5-40/sq.'
Carpet new, installation only:   3/sq. yd.
Carpet cleaning:   .30-I/sq.'
*As above, but DIY:   .10-.20/sq.'
Cermic tile, new:   8+/sq.'
Crack repair, plaster:   8-10/In.'
Door, hollow, rpl:   100+ ea.
Door, to garage, rpl unrated door.:   200-300 ea.
Door, lock (deadbolt), new instal.:   100 ea.
Door, re-key existing locks:   20 ea.
Paint walls, ceiling, two coats:   .50/sq.'
*As above except one coat:   .30/sq.'
*As above except DIY:   .10/sq.'
Paneling, rpl w/plasterboard, 4x8.   25 ea., w/mud/sanded
Plasterboard, 6" hole repair:   10 ea.
Plasterboard, rpl & finish:   1+/sq.'
Stairs, pull-down to attic, new instal.:   250-500
Tile floor, vinyl Squares, new instal.:   1-7/sq.'
Vinyl sheet good, rpl.:   3-10/sq.
Wallpaper, remove & rpl:   1+/sq.'
Window, cracked glass, rpr:   20/sq.' (sngl pane)
Window, indoor storm, mag. fasten:   50+ea. DIY
Window rpl w/double-pane window:   200-500 ea.
Window sash cord, rpr:   50-100 ea.
Window, seal bad on double pane:   20+/sq.'
Wood floor, sand and refinish:   .80+/sq.'

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VENTILATION
Fan, ceiling, new instal.:   200+
Vent, dryer, through wall:   100+
Vent, exhaust, kit./bath, new instal.:   200+ (50 DIY)
Vent, gable, pair, new instal.:   300+
Vent, roof ridge, new instal.:   5=/In.'(2+ DIY)

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KITCHEN, BATH, AND UTILITY
Combustion vent (add vented door):   150 ea.
Counter, laminated surface, rpl:   20+/In.'
Dishwasher, rpl:   300-500
*As above except new instal.:   400-600
Disposal, rpl:   160+ (50+ DIY)
*Life of the above: 5-10 yr.
Kitchen, remodel:   4000-20,000
Lavatory (basin) & vanity, rpl:   300+
Range, electric control, rpl:   75+
Range, elec. elemnt (burner/oven):   75+
*As above, but DIY   25-50
Refrigerator rpl:   400-1000
*Life of the above: 10+ yr.
Shower pan, rpl:   600+
Shower pan, overlay, rpl tile:   300+
Sink, stainless, rpl:   200+ (100DIY)
Washer, clothes, rpl:   400-700
*Life of the above: 10+ yr.

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INSULATION
Batt, hang over basement wall:   1/sq.'
Batt, crawl space, under floor:   1/sq.'
*As above except DIY:   .50/sq.'
Blow in R-30, accessible attic:   .50/sq.'
Blow in R-10 insulation, wall cavity:   2/sq.'
Duct in crawl space, insul. w/batt:   1/In.'
Water heater, insulate:   20-30

 

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