5 Ways to Reduce Kitchen Remodeling Costs

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements, Repair your home's value
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In today’s economy, budget is the new buzzword of the day. When it comes to a major expense like kitchen remodeling, budget is more important than ever.

Here are 5 easy ways to trim your remodeling budget and still create your dream kitchen.

  1. Buy stock kitchen cabinets, which offer a good range of wood species, stains, and door styles. All you need to know is which cabinet style works for your kitchen remodeling custom kitchen cabinets are is nice, they can easily add $5,000 to $15,000 to your remodeling budget.
  2. Splurge in all the right places. Buy solid, but economical cabinets, flooring, and appliances, which are all big ticket items. Splurge on the details, such as stone tile accents on the wall, decorative lighting over the island or a fancy pull-out faucet. You’ll save thousands and only add on hundreds.
  3. Hire the right contractor. It’s an old adage, but one that is key in this economy. Find a remodeling contractor who specializes in kitchens and knows how to manage all the moving parts. Then, let the contractor do the work. Many remodeling budgets are ruined by well-meaning home owners who get in the way or change their minds midstream.
  4. Make sure the plumber, electrician and any other technical workers walk through the project before bidding. Don t rely on general estimates for important mechanical changes, which can quickly lead to cost overruns.
  5. Insist on a “not to exceed” price from your contractor. If surprises occur, you can discuss them and decide whether to add to the remodeling budget.

Being on a budget doesn’t have to be boring. It’s all about making the right decisions and knowing when to go crazy….over a few inexpensive details!

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