A good way to estimate remodeling costs is to use an online renovation cost calculator. Several free versions are available online, including the project cost calculators available on HomeRenovationEstimate.com.
Home Renovation Estimate's website offers 18 estimate calculators designed to calculate costs for specific remodeling, renovating, construction or installation projects. The main remodeling calculator categories are garage renovations, stairs and railing renovations, bathroom renovation and remodeling, kitchen renovation and remodeling, and general interiors. Other categories include roof renovation and repair for flat and sloped roofs, exterior wall siding, deck construction, patio constructions and fence constructions. Additional categories feature calculators for driveways and walkways, landscaping, window replacements and installations, exterior door installation and floor coverings, in addition to fireplaces.
To estimate a cost, click on the Estimate Cost button adjacent to the appropriate category. For example, to estimate kitchen remodeling costs, click the button beside Kitchen Renovation and Remodeling. A list of possible remodeling options appears. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate quantities and measurements for the applicable jobs then click on the Calculate Costs button. A cost estimation appears at the top of the page.
Home Renovation Estimate also offers a free contractor and professional service directory. It also hosts a blog with helpful information for homeowners and contractors.