A kitchen remodel can leave a big dent in the bank account, but with some proper planning, budgeting, and compromises, you can cut the prices to still get great results on a budget. If you’re remodeling on a budget, read on for some tips to help you save money when remodeling your kitchen.
Get advice from designers and contractors
You may try to skip steps such as hiring a designer or contractors to help you save some money and do more DIY tasks, however, your contractor will likely be able to find better prices for the materials you need than if you were buying everything yourself. Plus, a designer can give you advice on how to do things more cheaply or which corners to cut without having a negative effect.
Choose the right time of year
There are busy periods of the year where contractors may charge more and materials may be more expensive due to high demand. Spring and summer tend to be the busiest times, so planning your kitchen remodel for the fall or winter could save you some time and money.
Refinishing vs. replacing
If something in your kitchen needs a refresh, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs replacing entirely. Your floors or kitchen cabinet doors could benefit from being refinished rather than completely replaced, saving you a lot in the meantime. This is a viable option for anything that’s looking a bit worn but without any real damage to it, and if you’re still happy with the look and style of that element. For example, sanding and repainting the front of your kitchen cabinets and perhaps replacing the hardware can give them a real lease on life.
Stick with the same layout
You may feel like completely changing up your kitchen and the layout during a remodel, but this could add a lot of extra costs. Think about your appliances and plumbing in particular. If you move your sink or dishwasher to the other side of the room, or if you want to add a new appliance that requires plumbing, then a lot of plumbing work will need to be done as opposed to being able to easily use the existing plumbing.
Think about what you can DIY
There are some tasks that are better left to the professionals in order to get a high-quality and long-lasting result, but doing certain tasks can help you save money on labor. Especially think about what you can do before the professionals come in, such as stripping wallpaper and pulling up tiles. If you have some DIY experience, then you may be able to do more than this, such as tiling.
To get your dream kitchen on a budget, contact The Kitchen Center for our design and installation services around Winston Salem, NC.