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Following are 7 quick tips to cut your kitchen remodeling costs while still achieving the look of the kitchen you always wanted.
These tips could also be used to get your house ready for resale — on a budget.
I don’t usually do a quick, “down and dirty” post (that’s not ordinarily my style) — but I think these 7 quick tips will bring you closer to having the kitchen of your dreams.
If you’re having trouble getting your kitchen dreams to fit your budget, there are things you can do to cut costs. Obviously, you can scale down your project by doing less construction work and eliminating luxury materials. But by combining hard work and creativity, you can keep more of your wish list intact. — Kitchen and Bath Ideas
- Mix and match materials. Reserve expensive countertops for a small island and use laminate or ceramic tile elsewhere.
- Use furniture creatively to achieve an unfitted look on a budget. Create an island from an old table or a pantry from an armoire.
- Do some of the work yourself. By acting as your own general contractor, you can save roughly 10-20 percent overall. Just be absolutely sure that you’re qualified and that you have the time to oversee every detail of your remodeling.
- Shop carefully. Contractors and plumbers often cover their costs by charging list prices for materials. If you buy direct, your costs will be significantly lower. Let those who bid on your projects know which materials you plan to buy.
- Pay for expertise. Hire an architect, kitchen designer, or general contractor. The pros will do the legwork for you, and the money they save by keeping you from costly mistakes could more than make up for their fees.
- Make smart compromises. If you have to choose between expensive materials and expensive labor, choose the labor. A good craftsman can make even mundane materials look great.
- Don’t overbuy. The difference between “good,” “better,” and “best” appliances is often in the bells and whistles. Determine your minimum requirements and which extras you’re willing to pay for.
Originally published on Cost-Cutting Kitchen Remodeling Ideas.
There you have it. (Jim should be proud!)
I started as a home-stalker… visiting brand new homes under construction in the neighborhoods near my house. That inspired me to write about home building and home renovation projects — chronicling homes during different phases of construction from a consumer's point-of-view. Basically, the tips you'll find in my articles are a collection of checklists for what I think should (and should not) go into building or remodeling a quality home.