Costs to refurbish a house in Athlone


New Member
My wife and I are selling our home in the UK and returning to Westmeath to be closer to her mother. We are selling our home in the UK and buying a house in the Athlone area.

Unfortunately, there is not a huge amount of stock available. Neither of us drive which restricts us as well. I have been looking at some houses in central Athlone that would be quite a bit under our budget but in need to some pretty serious refurbishment. While I have an idea of costs in the UK, I have no idea of costs in somewhere like Athlone.

Can anyone give me any advice on ballpark figures for the following :

1) Total refurbishment of a house of roughly 100sqM
2) Rewiring said house
3) New kitchen and bathroom costs
4) Costs of redecorating to include painting, plastering and remedial work on areas of damage.

I know I am asking a lot but I am really just trying to figure out if we should even consider these sort of properties.


Registered User
Be careful where you buy in Athlone. Do your research. There are some pretty dire areas near town centre and the college. Forewarned is forearmed!


Frequent Poster
Renovation costs do seem to be higher here than in the UK.

Is learning to drive on the cards for either of you?

Are either of you handy? Would you be able to do woodwork / painting type stuff?


Frequent Poster
You couldn’t pick a worse time to refurbish. I watch uk programmes and the costs there are so low they seem ridiculous.

There is an entire thread on here on rewriting costs.

Be careful that cheap estates mean undesirable estates.


Frequent Poster
You should seriously consider an apartment as most will be central to everything and i'm pretty sure good value can be found.