Thursday, February 07, 2013

Keep Kitchen Remodeling Costs Down


A kitchen remodel is one of the more common home upgrades. Styles change, new technologies improve old appliances and your kitchen gets a lot of use.

For an inexpensive kitchen remodel you'll have questions to answer.
  1. How big is your budget?
  2. How much remodeling will your budget allow?
  3. How much (if any) of it will you do yourself?
Find out how much you can afford to spend. Then work within that budget. In fact, you probably should only plan on spending about 90% of your budget. Kitchen remodeling projects tend to uncover a surprise or two.

Once you have a budget number, decide how much remodeling you can fit within that budget.

There are a lot of less-expensive options available. You might want to refinish cabinet doors. Or if the underlying cabinets are sturdy and in good shape, cabinet refacing could be a good choice.

Make the little things count. People tend to notice things such as drawer pulls and handles. You might get more impact by spending an extra dollar on each of the 18 drawer pulls and handles instead of spending hundreds more on the cabinet doors.

Choose your contractor carefully. Get three bids on any work that a professional will do. And check contractors' references. Make sure they're bonded and insured. Agree in advance on how you'll be billed for unexpected problems that add to the labor.

For more information on cabinet refinishing and refacing, contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.