Renovating a kitchen can seem like a daunting project. The kitchen is part of the main area of your home, and the idea of tearing it up and replacing it over a period of weeks sounds not only stressful but also expensive. We will not lie to you, it certainly can be. But rest assured, you can renovate your kitchen without breaking the bank.
The purpose behind your kitchen remodel
A kitchen remodel is one of the most important updates you can make to your home’s interior. Perhaps you are preparing to put your home on the market and are aware that updated kitchens (and bathrooms!) Are what potential buyers are looking for when deciding whether to buy a home. Or maybe you’re not trying to sell yet, but your kitchen just isn’t working according to your family’s needs. Determination Why you want to remodel your kitchen is the first step in determining how much it will cost.
You know what you want
We have all heard before that knowledge is power. Knowing what you want and what you don’t want from your new kitchen will help you save time and money along the way. There are many factors that can affect the cost of cooking, and some may be more important to you than others. Are you looking for more space for your kitchen? Perhaps focus on quality kitchen cabinets with some optional storage upgrades. Do you like cooking? Perhaps investing in some industrial-sized appliances is where you’d rather spend your money. Maybe you just want a simple, up-to-date kitchen that you can use to sell your home. There are so many facets of a kitchen remodel and knowing what you really care about is a good way to organize your needs from your desires, especially when you’re working on a tight budget.
Household appliances: keep or replace?
Keep in mind that investing in new appliances, especially high-end appliances, will have a significant impact on kitchen remodeling costs. Take a moment and evaluate your kitchen appliances and decide if you want / need new ones. Check your local home center to get an idea of your preferences and potential costs. To keep your initial costs low, you can choose to replace your appliances in the future, as long as they are the same size and fit the new kitchen layout.
Basic kitchen replacement or complete renovation?
Are there any other things you would like to include in your kitchen remodel? Many people take the opportunity to open their floor plan, update the floor, replace windows, choose new paint colors, etc. While these are all great options, they should be considered separate projects from the kitchen remodel and should have their own budget.
Finally, there is the demolition and installation of the kitchen. Decide what you are willing to do on your own and what you would prefer a contractor to do. Doing simple tasks yourself, like painting or removing old cabinets, is a great way to save costs, saving more money on your actual remodel.
Establishing an initial budget for the kitchen renovation
The next step in determining the overall cost of a kitchen is to decide on an initial budget for kitchen remodeling that would be comfortable to spend. We know, it seems easier said than done. But having a number that you are comfortable with and can afford will help you make choices along the way and keep you from overspending.
A helpful tip for determining a kitchen remodel cost is to refer to the reason behind the kitchen remodel we discussed earlier. Are you selling and are you just looking to make your home more salable? Or are you looking to create the kitchen your family will love for years to come? When you step into a kitchen design showroom, you will be amazed at the large variety of options and upgrades available. However, investing in all of these options and upgrades may or may not be the right thing for your situation, and knowing ahead of time will help you move forward in the selection process.
Another tip when deciding on the budget for the renovation: it is important to be realistic. We all would like to get that HGTV ready kitchen as cheaply as possible, but when you’re looking to change your home / kitchen layout and move some plumbing and electrical fixtures, a low-end budget probably isn’t realistic for your project. Set a number that you are comfortable with and that you can afford. This will help your kitchen designer guide you towards products that fit your desired budget and keep costs under control.
Selecting the right kitchen design company
It is important to select a kitchen design company that understands your needs and can incorporate them into your desired budget. Some places may not have the product at the price you need, or they may not have the design experience to know how to give you the dream kitchen you are looking for within your budget.
Norfolk Kitchen & Bath is New England’s largest family-owned kitchen and bathroom company. We are proud to offer kitchen and bathroom furniture to suit all budgets, with options available from stock to fully customized. Many of our kitchen designers have over 10-15 years of design experience and really know what it takes to get the kitchen you want at an affordable price. We also offer free design, free measurement services, and free delivery for your convenience!
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