How Can I Save Money During a Kitchen Remodel?

July 14, 2021
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As a homeowner, it can be challenging to keep your kitchen renovation project expenses low. There are so many crucial parties in the process—contractors, subcontractors, architects, designers, and suppliers—all attempting to maximize their profit margins while you look to optimize your savings. Due to the high cost of materials and labor, kitchens are one of the most costly rooms of the house to renovate. Fortunately, a relatively low-budget kitchen renovation is feasible. 

While you will still need the help of contractors on some of your kitchen renovation projects, here are some ways to maximize the impact of the transformation with a few cost-effective strategies: 

Refresh Old Cabinets

Getting new kitchen cabinets can be very costly—especially if you need a custom-made design and built to suit your specific need and preference. While getting a new set of cabinets seems like a good option, there are eco-friendly and cost-effective methods to update your current set. 

If the structure and durability of your kitchen cabinets remain intact, consider giving them a refresh rather than replacing them completely. Depending on the number of cabinets you have, sanding, priming, and painting procedures can take a long time. However, it is straightforward enough that even inexperienced users may obtain good results. 

You can also try applying a new veneer to the exterior of the cabinet boxes by replacing the doors and drawer fronts completely. While you cannot do this on your own and will need the assistance of experts, it will still be less expensive than purchasing entirely new cabinets while totally transforming the appearance of your kitchen.

Keep the Same Layout

It is very cost-effective to maintain your kitchen layout the same while changing the components inside that perimeter. Changing the kitchen layout drastically is a guaranteed reason to increase the renovation expenses. Moving plumbing for a sink, dishwasher, or refrigerator, for example, necessitates the employment of plumbers. They'll have to drill new holes in your walls to run new pipes, which will incur additional material and labor costs. 

Sticking to the existing kitchen layout means you won't have to install any new plumbing or electricity. You may even retain your current flooring if you want. On the other hand, you may still create an entirely different appearance and feel in the room. Adding a kitchen island is an excellent method to increase preparation space and storage without costly layout modifications.

Check For Refurbished Appliances

If your dishwasher, microwave, or refrigerator is no longer working correctly, you can now discover a great deal of information on repairing kitchen equipment online. These days, there is also a thriving online service parts marketplace where you can easily order. That enables many people to improve their own appliances rather than hiring a professional or purchasing something new. While the ability to repair an appliance is dependent on your skill level and the cause of the problem, some projects are small enough for amateurs to attempt on their own.

Consider Doing It Yourself (DIY)

The idea of do-it-yourself (DIY) has taken off in recent years. Moreover, many local hardware shops and community colleges often provide how-to courses and demos for popular home renovation tasks. Employees at hardware stores are generally willing to advise on any essential product and project. What makes it even better is that these instructional materials are often free of charge. 

You may consider doing it yourself if you need to work on tiling, interior painting, hanging drywall, or other simple home renovation tasks. It will enable you to pay just for the supplies and eliminate labor expenses. Aside from the cost, time is crucial when choosing between DIY and hiring a professional. While a tight schedule usually necessitates the employment of an experienced team, if you have the luxury of time to finish your kitchen renovation, you may handle most of the work yourself.

Final Thoughts

You can minimize your kitchen's renovation cost with a bit of ingenuity and effort that enhances the value and beauty of your home. Save money in your kitchen remodel budget by assessing your existing kitchen layout and exploring tasks that you can perform yourself. Having the correct elements in your kitchen will indeed impact without costing you a massive amount of money. 

Contact us at RTC  Renovations and work with the best kitchen renovation contractor in the  Kitchener-Waterloo area! Visit our website and learn more of our home renovation services that suit your needs.

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