Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

By Ben Steverman - 2012-11-26T19:03:24Z

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Complete Home Remodel

Average cost: $192,724

A top-to-bottom renovation is the sort of project most likely to end up over budget -- and 55 percent do so, according to Houzz. Men are more likely to pursue a total home remodeling than women, though few of these homeowners are do-it-yourselfers. Contractors are hired for all but 18 percent of total home renovations.