How to Save Money on Kitchen Remodeling

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You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on kitchen remodeling. You can keep the costs down and achieve the look you want by considering these money-saving tips:

Keep the Kitchen Cabinets

The most expensive aspect of remodeling a kitchen is the new cabinet. Removing the old cabinets and installing the new ones will cost extra! Buying assembled cabinets can easily cost thousands of dollars. Customized cabinets cost even more!

If your kitchen cabinets do not require replacement, don’t. Instead of changing the cabinets, consider giving them a fresh coat of paint. This way, the old cabinet complements whatever changes you made in the remodeled space.

On the other hand, if your budget allows for new cabinets, you can save more if you opt for ready to assemble cabinets. Customized cabinets can cost between $10,000 and $60,000. On the other hand, ready to assemble cabinets costs between $125 and $900 per linear foot depending on the material.

Affordable Countertop Material

Kitchen countertops come in an array of materials including concrete, tile, stone, wood, and recycled products. Granite is the most popular of all countertop materials but it is also very pricey at $50 to $100 or more per square foot.

If your countertop needs an upgrade, you can save hundreds of dollars by choosing alternative materials. If you love the look of granite but you don’t have the budget for an all-granite countertop, use two different materials to achieve a certain look without the eye-watering cost. You can save more if you opt for laminate or other inexpensive alternatives to stone countertop material.

Use Affordable Space Savers

Instead of getting new kitchen cabinets, keep the old one and get more storage space by using affordable space savers. You can scour your local hardware store for trays, spice racks, Mason jars, and other kitchen accessories that maximize the space. If you are handy with tools, you can also put your DIY skills to good use and make your own space savers!

Go for Simple Backsplash

Tile backsplashes are very pricey because it requires professional help to get it right. Add the labor cost to the cost of decorative tiles and you may exceed your budget. If you can, opt for simple backsplashes. You can use simpler but well-chosen tile colors to improve the kitchen. Again, you can even do the tiling job yourself to save even more money.

Do the Chores

Delegating repetitive tasks to the professionals will only increase the total expense of kitchen remodeling. Instead of depending on other people to complete certain tasks, why not do it yourself? You can complete the permits, do bits of clean up or pick up the materials from the store yourself. Even if you have to hire a van to deliver the materials to your home, you will save more if you do this yourself.

Do the Painting

You do not have to be an expert to apply a fresh coat of paint on the walls and cabinets. You will save more if you buy the materials yourself and do the painting too. However, it is important to know how to apply the paint properly. You need to use a primer first before applying the actual paint. Also, wooden surface requires different primer and paint than cement surface. We recommend researching first before tackling the job yourself.

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