Whatever your motivation for starting a kitchen remodel (countless hours binge watching HGTV, perhaps?), you’ll need to start with a budget before you can go to town gutting the entire room. And while you may dream big of knocking down walls and carefully choosing high-end materials, you may be faced with the reality of needing to do the job for less. hhgregg shares a few tips for how to save money on a kitchen remodel project.
Know what you plan to accomplish with your kitchen remodel before you start. You’ll also want to choose all your materials before you start. Changes to your remodel, materials being unavailable or backordered and schedules being moved around wastes time and money, so you’ll want to have the details nailed down before you dive in.
If you’re handy, it’s great to complete some of the projects on your own. And with the help of YouTube and the Internet, you can find how to videos for almost anything. If you feel comfortable attempting smaller projects – and can do so safely – it will help save money on your kitchen remodel. But don’t bite off more than you can chew. For major projects, if you don’t have the know-how or the experience, you’ll want to bring in a professional. Make sure you get quotes from several people before choosing your contractor. The rule of thumb is three to five estimates. Ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals. Services like Angie’s List can also provide reliable reviews. Remember that the cheapest estimate is not always the best!
Nothing can eat up your budget fast like choosing high-end materials. If you have the budget, higher-end materials look great and last long, but the major downfall is the cost. Compromise where you can. For example, granite is available in grades of 1-5. Choose a lower grade granite for less, but still get the granite counter top look you – and future buyers – love. Laminate is another affordable option that gives you the granite appearance for half the cost. For your cabinets, veneer has a huge appeal, and most people are unable to tell the difference when looking at veneer and solid wood. Large porcelain tile with a stone appearance is a great money-saver for flooring.
While it might be tempting to jump on all the latest material and appliance trends, remember that classic, timeless styles will keep your kitchen from being outdated quickly. Not to say you should ignore new styles and finishes, but be cautious when blending traditional looks with modern touches.
If you need to purchase multiple appliances, consider investing in kitchen packages. Buying several big appliances at once in a bundle will allow you to take advantage of huge discounts. For example, purchasing the LG 4-Piece Stainless Steel Kitchen Package with refrigerator, range, microwave and dishwasher, saves you about $650.