There’s no way around it. Remodeling your kitchen can be extremely expensive. Not to mention intrusive, with you potentially being kicked out of your cooking space for weeks and even months on end. On average, a homeowner can spend between $12,000 and $19,000 to renovate the kitchen. And if you want to do a high-end kitchen remodel, it can cost you as much as $80,000 or more. While this number may scare you away from trying to do a kitchen remodel, just know that if you are careful with your planning and smart in your decision-making, you can actually save thousands. In this article, we will show you a few ways that you can help cut your costs and still build the kitchen of your dreams.
When it comes to saving money on your kitchen, the most important thing is to know your priorities. Not everything has to be top-of-the-line. So, figure out what’s the most important to you and splurge on those items. Everything else, budget accordingly and do what you can to cut costs.
Don’t Knock Down Walls
Removing a wall can be both complicated and expensive. Plus, you may need to relocate important components within the wall, such as utility lines, and then repair the wall, floor, and other areas that are left open. Instead, if you want to open up your kitchen, consider creating a cutout with extra countertop space and optional seating.
As we said, with careful planning, you can save yourself lots of money. So make sure you have a detailed plan before you start. Having a complete design can help you save not only money, but time and also headaches as it can help you identify surprise costs ahead of time and find the solutions before they become problems.
Stick With Your Plan
Once you have your plan do your best not to deviate. Reason being, the minute you decide to start changing things it can become extremely expensive. This is because contractors will tend to up-charge for every change you make after final plans have been set. Not to mention, it can cost you extra money and time if you have to wait on new items to arrive, and send unwanted items back.
Move Your “Kitchen” To Your Garage
One expense most homeowners don’t account for in their planning process is the extra cost of having to eat out while renovating your kitchen. So instead, create a makeshift kitchen in your garage with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and even dishwasher if you’re able. Try grilling outside as much as you can. All of these things can help you save on eating out at restaurants.
Look For Deals
If you prepare ahead of time for your kitchen remodel, you’ll have the time to shop for deals. Don’t just go to the first store you see and buy items. Instead, look around and see who’s offering the best deal and when their sales are. Also, check online and see what you can find.
Consider Faux Wall Panels
If you want to redo walls in your kitchen, or add a unique and textured backsplash, consider using faux wall panels. Faux wall panels look exactly like real brick, stone, and wood, but are a fraction of the price. Plus, they are more durable and are resistant to mold, mildew, moisture, and can withstand even outdoor elements.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For A Deal
When you go into stores to by your items. Don’t be afraid to ask for a deal, especially if you’re going to bundle several high-ticket items. Even places like Lowes or Home Depot will often times give you a good deal if you purchase a majority of your kitchen supplies through their store. They may say no, but if they say yes, you can end up saving yourself hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
All of these options are just but a few of the things you can do to save money on your kitchen remodel. The important thing to remember is to plan ahead, expect the unexpected, and stick with your plan. If you can do these things, you can create the kitchen of your dreams while staying within your means.