Cost Analysis of 5 Popular San Diego Home Upgrades

By Home Bay

Posted on March 7th, 2016

One of the best things about owning a property is being able update it, both to add value to and customize your space. While there are few restrictions on how you can transform a house with an unlimited budget, most of us are working with finite funds. This post covers what you can expect to pay for five popular San Diego home upgrades.



Landscaping is one of the most popular home improvement projects simply because it makes such a fantastic visual impact – but what about it’s financial impact?

  • According to Home Advisor, San Diego homeowners will foot a bill of about $200 for small projects, such as mulching, aerating and applying fertilizer.
  • A more in-depth landscaping project, such as putting down faux grass, dry-scaping or adding lots of floral details can run you $2,000.00+.
  • While the sunny and pleasant weather that San Diego is known for makes it easy for people to enjoy the outdoors, the lack of rainfall can wreak havoc on the health of your lawn. Having a sprinkler system installed can combat that issue with an average cost of about $3,000.

New Kitchen Countertops


Improving your kitchen by installing new countertops increases the appeal of one of your home’s most functional rooms. In addition to adding a great deal of visual interest, countertops also serve a crucial practical purpose, making them one of the best uses of your remodeling dollars.

  • Home Advisor says that San Diego homeowners can expect to pay about $4,500 to have new granite countertops installed.
  • Other natural stone surfaces that are trending, like quartz, can cost you upwards of $5,000.
  • If you don’t have that kind of cash, you can save big by opting for faux granite or stone options, which can cost less than $2,500.

Installing a Pool


San Diego is the ideal location to have a pool installed. With a nearly perfect year-round climate, you’ll be able to enjoy your pool 300+ days a year.

  • US News reports that homeowners across the country can expect to spend an average of nearly $40,000 to have a pool installed.
  • The average cost to maintain a pool, whether you choose to do it yourself or you choose to hire someone, will typically range from $150-$250 a month.
  • San Diego Gas & Electric offers rebates of up to $200 for homeowners who purchase a variable speed pool pump.

Replacing Existing Appliances With Energy Efficient Versions


Unless your appliances are only a year or two old, chances are you will be able to save a significant amount on your energy bills by replacing them.

  • Washers and dryers are almost always cheaper when purchased as a pair. Individually, you can expect to pay at least $600 for each but together, you can usually find a deal for $1000-$1,500.
  • Refrigerators vary by style, but you should budget at least $1,500 for a baseline energy efficient model.
  • An energy efficient gas stove is going to start at about $500, whereas an electric model starts at about $350. To contrast, an energy efficient duel fuel range retails for $2,500+.
  • A new energy efficient dishwasher is going to cost you between $350-$650.
  • Energy efficient air conditioning units can save you lots of money on cooling. A unit that cools a moderately large room is going to run you at least $500. Units with more cooling power will go up in price.
  • If you want to update multiple appliances, look for appliance bundles at your local home improvement store. Buying several items at once will ensure that they all match and that you get the best price.
  • As an added incentive, San Diego Gas & Electric offers numerous options for rebates to help offset the replacement costs of your new room air conditioner, your clothes washer and more.

Installing Solar


It’s well known that installing solar panels can save you big money long-term, but what does it cost?

Understanding the costs associated with various San Diego home improvement projects will help you determine which ones fit into your budget in 2016. What projects will you be tackling this year? Share with us in the comments.

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