by Elias Deukmajian | Kitchen Remodel
If you have recently thought about remodeling your kitchen, then you have also realized that it can be a costly venture. Kitchen remodels are usually some of the most expensive remodels, and that’s because it is where we spend a majority of our time. Kitchens are the heart of the home—where everyone goes to cook together, talk about their day, learn new recipes; it is where families connect. So when it is time to remodel, it is a no-brainer that the kitchen is the first place to begin. Kitchen remodels can become expensive, especially if you need an entire re-do from floor to ceiling. It is always wise to think about your budget before you begin a project, and always detrimental to budget when you don’t. In setting your budget, you will first want to consider the value of your home and how much you are willing to spend in order to get an adequate return on whatever improvements you make. Otherwise, you will be spending a ton of money in the long run. There is something to be said for remodeling a kitchen for your own personal enjoyment, and that’s okay too. Just make sure you don’t get in over your head.
Do your own research
There are a lot of variables that affect the cost of your renovation, however, there are most certainly ways that you can cut down on expenses. It is important to do your research before setting a budget; things can get out of hand relatively quickly just with the materials, before you even consider the cost of labor. The best thing to do when setting your budget is to shop around for all the best prices on materials. If you haven’t got a clue of the first place to start, it is always helpful to consult with kitchen remodeling professionals who are familiar with kitchen remodels and can help you plan your remodel project. Here are a few tips on how to save money on your next kitchen remodel.
Check the quality of existing cabinetry
One of the most costly materials for kitchen remodels is usually the cabinetry. Good kitchen cabinets are usually custom-made, and the wood materials are costly themselves. The best thing to do is to first assess what shape your existing cabinetry is in. If your cabinets are in relatively good shape, it is usually far less expensive to sand them and re-stain or paint them, or add wainscoting than it would be to order an entirely new set of cabinets. You can also change out the hardware on the cabinets or even just the cabinet faces. If the overall structure of the cabinets is in good condition, why spend the extra cash? If you can work with what you have to add character to your cabinets, you will end up saving yourself a lot of money in the end.
Don’t move electrical wiring or plumbing
Another way to save money on your kitchen remodel is to not move around electrical wiring or plumbing. Moving electrical and plumbing is a nightmare for any kitchen remodel project; it adds thousands to your budget and is usually avoidable. If you can avoid these huge changes and focus on giving your kitchen a facelift instead of a huge gutted project, then you will be surprised at how much potential your kitchen already had—and you never knew it!
Hire a professional contractor
Another great way to save money on your remodel is to hire a professional contractor and/or designer to help you to create a plan for your project. Chances are you are not a seasoned kitchen designer and don’t know where to get the cheapest and best quality materials. The best part about working with professionals in the field is that they take all the guessing work out of it for you. They can come up with superb design plans that will meet your list of needs, your design aesthetic, and can pull it off all within the budget that you set for them. Hiring contractors or designers does not have to cost you more money in the end; in fact, it should save you money in the end. Letting experts take all the guessing work out of the project for you is invaluable, and can turn your next kitchen remodel into a smart, low-cost adventure.