Zillow's latest: Digs, a remodeling estimator


digs 2The online real estate site Zillow.com launched a remodeling estimation tool today, called Digs.

Zillow has three other real estate sites -- the popular home-value estimator with map of for-sale homes, a rentals site  and a site that focuses on the mortgage marketplace.

Zillow Digs is a compilation of photos taken from the company's vast images database. The images, supplied by owners or Realtors, are taken from the pages of the 110 million homes in Zillow's database. On an iPad, Zillow visitors can view images of remodeled home spaces, such as kitchens and bathrooms, and see the estimated cost to execute the project. The estimates are generated by contractors and designers consulting with Zillow.

Users may collect the images, and costs estimates, in an online scrapbook and use them as references when working with contractors.

Photos are available of remodeled bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, gardens and living rooms.

Digs has an iPad app, but it also works on a standard laptop or desktop. Go to Zillow.com/digs and peruse the photos, which have the estimated cost of the room in the top left-hand corner. Click on the photo and scroll down to see the cost estimates for labor and materials. The estimates are weighted for cost differentials among various regions of the country.

Zillow cautions users that the cost estimates are a "starting point" and are not guaranteed. A similar caveat is stated on its home-valuation site, which, like Digs, gives a range of costs or values (Zestimates) and not a fixed amount.

Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
Last modified: February 6, 2013
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