COST GUIDES METHODOLOGY

Our guides are a rigorous, comprehensive, and trustworthy reference for homeowners and potential home buyers. These guides assign ballpark figures on home remodeling projects and aim to provide all the information necessary for our users to make the best decisions about their homes and properties.

MOTIVATION

Since 2009, our mission has been to make the tedious process of home remodeling easier. We strive to provide the best information for consumers, and we pride ourselves on being:

  • Unbiased: Fixr.com is a vendor-independent resource. We do not have ads on our site.
  • Authoritative: Cost information is extracted from a wide range of reputable resources, databases, and expert interviews. Prices are also frequently updated to match market variations.
  • Instructive: Fixr.com provides cost guides, comparison guides, trends reports, articles, and custom illustrations to help users gain a deeper understanding of home-related projects.

EDITORIAL PROCESS

Fixr employs a team of specialized writers and cost researchers who are subjected to a rigorous selection process, where they prove not only their experience in the home remodeling industry but also their research and writing skills. Most have worked as contractors, designers, interior decorators, and architects for years, and they use a wide variety of professional resources, which are listed below.

These writers and researchers work closely with the content management team at Fixr.com, who also have experience in the home remodeling industry. Our team edits, proofreads, and checks that all the prices and information at Fixr.com are consistent and provides all the necessary information to homeowners and potential home buyers.

Once the guides are written, their credibility and comprehensiveness are strengthened by the reviews and feedback of our industry-leading experts, who ensure that our content is accurate, up-to-date, instructive, and backed by current research.

Our content management team also works closely with the Fixr.com network of 90,000+ local contractors, who provide a unique source of information for our cost guides. When contacting contractors and local service providers to ask about prices, we choose cities where the cost of services are in line with the U.S. national average, such as:

Ithaca, NY; Sarasota, FL; Cincinnati, OH; Dayton, OH; Iowa City, IA; Montgomery, AL; Tyler, TX; Houston, TX; Rochester, NY; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Tulsa, OK; Durham, NC; Marietta, GA; and Raleigh, NC.

This means that we do not show local costs for sites that are significantly more expensive than the national average, such as New York City, NY or Boston, MA, or cheaper like Omaha, NE or Harlingen, TX.

SOURCES

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a wide variety of sources, including our own cost data, specialized books and websites, published cost studies, U.S. associations, websites and reports from the U.S. government, literature reviews of DIY websites, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites.

The content management team ensures that all the sources used at Fixr.com contain evidence-based information produced by individuals or organizations with credentials or relevant experience. Here is a full list of all the sources:

BOOKS

  • National Construction Estimator, 69th ed., Ed. by Richard Pray (Carlsbad, CA: Craftsman Book Company, 2021).
  • National Home Improvement Estimator, Ed. by Ray F. Hicks (Carlsbad, CA: Craftsman Book Company, 2021).
  • National Renovation and Insurance Repair Estimator, Ed. by Jonathan Russell (Carlsbad, CA: Craftsman Book Company, 2021).
  • National Electrical Estimator, Ed. by Mark C. Tyler (Carlsbad, CA: Craftsman Book Company, 2021).
  • National Plumbing and HVAC Estimator, Ed. by James A. Thomson (Carlsbad, CA: Craftsman Book Company, 2021).
  • National Painting Cost Estimator, Ed. by Dennis D. Gleason (Carlsbad, CA: Craftsman Book Company, 2021).
  • National Repair & Remodeling Estimator, Ed. by Joshua Paxton (Carlsbad, CA: Craftsman Book Company, 2021).

ASSOCIATIONS

GOVERMENMENT WEBSITES

VENDOR WEBSITES

SPECIALIZED WEBSITES

Apart from the corresponding sources already cited like specialized books, U.S. associations, U.S. government websites, and our own data and cost guides, Fixr.com?s cost guides are also based on some specialized websites from professionals in the home improvement industry. If you are interested in knowing all the sources for a specific guide, you can find them after the FAQs section at the end of each cost guide.

FEEDBACK AND QUESTIONS

At the end of each cost guide, we include a question asking if the guide is helpful. If you need to know something that is not included in any of our guides, please click our no button and tell us what the guide lacks. We will update the guide as soon as we have the answer to your question.

Many contractors and users have already used this tool to let us know what they think, and together, we are improving our services. Thank you for your continued support.