Renovation cost in London: How much to refurbish my London home?


By Ema Globyte on Jan 25 2018

There’s hardly anything better than returning to a home you absolutely love at the end of a tough day. A home that makes you feel truly comfortable, where everything functions as it should – and you can simply put your feet up.
Which is why, if your home isn’t in a great shape, you may be considering a renovation project.

What is the approximate home renovation cost in London?

Before you begin getting excited about the prospects of a refurbished home, you will probably want to find out how much you need to budget for a full home refurb.

The good news is that we know a great deal about home renovation cost in London. Below are the projects a complete home renovation will include, along with their indicative expense. Our costs are based on renovating a standard 3-bedroom house in London.

The final investment will depend on several factors, such as the condition and size of the property, if the refurbishment requires any structural work, if any safety features need to be installed to comply with building regulations and some other elements. But the below guide will give you a good understanding of what an approximate home renovation cost in London will be.

Kitchen refurbishment
Estimated budget: 3k – 6k

The social hub of a home, the kitchen will be one of the more expensive items on your refurb list. Remodelling a kitchen isn’t the quickest of makeovers, and can be quite complicated – but it is also one of the most effective ways to add value to your home in London. Most of the investment will be spent on cabinet and hardware, installation, appliances and ventilation.

Bathroom refurbishment
Estimated budget: 3k – 6k

A clean, modern-looking bathroom can add a touch of luxury to your home without having to spend a fortune. The elements most often involved in a bathroom refurb are faucets and fixtures, floor plan changes, new flooring, new showers or baths, cabinets and lighting. You can save on the cost if you’re only updating the essentials, rather than going for a full bathroom refurb.

Replacing windows
Estimated budget: 3k – 5k

Shiny new windows will not only improve the look of your home, but also help you make significant savings on energy costs. Vinyl styles will require a smaller investment, while wood, fiberglass and aluminium-clad will be on the more expensive end of the scale.

Lighting and rewiring
Estimated budget: 1k – 2k

Lighting and wiring may not be the most attractive items on the refurb list, but they can’t be neglected. The first step should be to hire a qualified electrician to do a survey to find out exactly what kind of work will be required. Generally, the older the property, the more work lighting and rewiring can require, because the wires will need to be brought up to date. It can also be very disruptive to the decor of the property, so plan to complete it early on, before any re-plastering or redecorating work takes place.

Carpeting or flooring
Estimated budget: 1k – 2k

When thinking about the cost of flooring and carpeting, consider elements like materials, labour, sub-floor preparation and sundries. The cost will depend on the type of flooring you choose, and, of course, the size of the room. For example, hardwood floor could be more expensive than the given cost, while laminate flooring would be within the budget of 1k.

Painting and decorating throughout
Estimated budget: 1k – 2k

Beautifully painted and decorated walls can completely transform the look of a room, so adding a lick of paint to your walls, ceilings, doors and skirtings is an important stage your refurbishment project. When preparing your rooms for decorating work, you may also unveil hidden problems, which will need to be fixed before any other works can take place.

Structural change
Estimated budget: 1k – 3k

Tearing down a wall, or adding new walls are two popular remodelling projects that can make a big difference in how you use the space in your home. As with many other renovation projects, there are certain factors that may increase the cost of tearing down a wall, such as load-bearing walls (walls that help support the home), walls with plumbing, cooling, or heating pipes.

While many homeowners think removing a wall is something they can easily do themselves, it takes a lot of skill and expertise to do it without damaging the remaining walls, the flooring or even the whole structural integrity of the building. Neither adding nor removing a wall is a DIY job, so you will be better off hiring a professional.

Estimated budget: 1k – 2k

Unless you are a carpenter or joiner yourself, you will most likely need to hire a professional joiner for works like fitting kitchen units, hanging doors, fixing skirting boards, or installing a spindles staircase. Joiners are normally hired per hour, so the cost of joinery will depend on what type of work your home refurbishment project will require. For most of our refurbishment projects, joinery works cost about 2k.

Additional elements
Estimated budget: 5k – 10k

There are several other remodelling elements that a complete refurb will entail, such as the exterior walls, which may need scoffing; driveways, re-plastering and gas and plumbing works. Prices of these will vary depending what materials you choose, but from our experience, it’ll cost you between 5k and 10k.

You should now have a better idea about renovation cost in London. Bear in mind that these costs exclude having to apply for any work permits, or additional costs such as solving damp, for example.

Before you begin any renovation work in your home, make sure you get a detailed assessment of the current condition of your property. Commissioning a survey will help you spot any problem areas early, and could help indicate the cost of necessary repairs.

If you’re thinking about refurbishing your London home, but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help!

Get in touch, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.