How to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget

  The kitchen is the most used room in a home, but people tend to give it more attention when upgrading the house. Constant traffic causes features to wear quickly, which calls for replacement. Can you afford all the upgrades?

A kitchen update can cost you anywhere from $20,000 for minor renovations and $62,000 for major remodels. From these figures, cabinetry costs the most at 29%, labor charges take 17% and electronic appliances 14%.

However, the amount you spend depends on your location, the materials you select, and the kind of staff you hire. Here are a few tips to follow when remodeling your kitchen on a budget.

1. Keep It Simple
If you need new cabinets, choose stock models instead of custom ones. Having fancy cabinets will increase the costs of renovations unnecessarily. Use the same approach when buying electronic appliances. Look for efficient mainstream products instead of professional-grade ones, but don’t sacrifice performance.
If you have faulty appliances, look for an appliance repair expert instead of buying new ones. The appliance you think is done for might be salvageable.

2. Work with a Goal in Mind

What do you do most in the kitchen? How you use your kitchen should be the design guide and point of reference for all your choices. Before you select your countertop, flooring, or tile backsplash, think of how it will serve you.

3. Have a Budget

Create a separate list of must-haves and the want-haves and inquire about the prices. Prioritize the replacement of features that add massively to your bills, including inefficient appliances and leaking plumbing.

Also, replace the elements that make your kitchen look outdated such as stained floors. When you have planned on all this, you can then work on the want-haves such as a built-in wine fridge. The budget and the design will direct the course of your repairs.

4. Think About the Resale Value

If the house you’re renovating is not going to be your permanent dwelling, you have to think about ROI.

A minor kitchen remodel that includes new flooring, a couple of efficient appliances, and refinished cabinets resells at about 80% of the cost in higher home value.
A major remodel, which includes all new appliances, custom lighting, and custom cabinets, recoups about 65% of the value returned in increased home value.

5. Do Your Research

If you’re looking to save money, finding the right materials and contractor should be a priority.

Research various contractors and read reviews of different materials and products.
Inquire about the past projects that the professionals have completed and find out essential details such as how long they took to complete the work and how much it cost.
You can also ask the contractors to provide evidence that they are licensed, bonded, and insured.

Once you have narrowed down to a few companies, ask them to come to your home and carry out an estimate as well as a detailed contract.

6. Retain the Same Basic Layout

Don’t change the model of your kitchen too much. Moving a sink to the other side of the room could mean that you’d have to move all the plumbing too. Keeping the same layout will save you money and reduce labor.

7. Do It Yourself

If you have the know-how, tools, and time, it will save you a few coins to do some easy tasks. For instance, you can remove the cabinets and countertops before the contractor comes in. Doing such tasks will reduce labor and disposal costs.

Bottom Line

Make your kitchen stand out by doing some pocket-friendly repairs. It will go a long way in increasing the value of your home and making your space more attractive.
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