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8 ways to reduce kitchen remodel costs

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One of the most profitable home remodel projects a homeowner can undertake is the kitchen. Not only will it make life more enjoyable for you now, but it can help turn a hefty profit if you choose to sell your home later on. Remodeling the kitchen is a big undertaking, however. If you’re not careful, it can also be a costly one. Here are 8 ways to reduce kitchen remodel costs.

Have a plan – Before you even begin remodeling, sit down and get a firm idea of what you can, and can’t afford. Set a budget, whether you’re remodeling yourself or hiring someone to do it for you, and stick to it! Allow yourself a certain amount for lighting, flooring, new cabinetry, new appliances, and so on. If you don’t have the money to buy outright, start shopping for the best finance options.

Keep the layout you have – One of the quickest ways to increase the cost of a kitchen remodel is by changing up the layout. Unless it is absolutely necessary, leave appliances and plumbing in their current location. This isn’t only a money saver, but also a time saver, too. Changing the layout will take longer, cost more, and leave you with a disabled kitchen for a longer period of time.

Do some of the work yourself – Leave the electrical work and plumbing to the professionals, but consider tackling simple jobs such as painting, clean-up and disposal, or cabinet removal, yourself. If you can reduce labor costs by just one day’s work, you can reduce kitchen remodel costs by several hundred dollars.

Skip the customization – We would all like custom-made fixtures and cabinetry in the kitchen, but if you’re remodeling on a budget, you’ll be better off choosing something else. From kitchen cabinets and countertops, to lighting fixtures and tile work, there are many quality prefabricated designs that will work just as well as something that has been custom-made.

Put a limit on recessed lighting – Recessed lighting is popular in the kitchen because it can be used for general, task and ambient lighting. It’s tucked into the ceiling, so it’s out of the way. And it works with any décor. The downside to recessed lighting is the cost of installing them. Each light will require a ceiling cut and wire run, which can quickly increase labor cost. To reduce kitchen remodel costs, consider using wall or ceiling mounted fixtures instead.

Reuse what you can – If you’re working on a tight budget, consider reusing the appliances you have for the time being. Set a goal to get a new refrigerator by Christmas, or a new dishwasher by next spring, and enjoy what you have now. There’s no sense going over budget in order to have everything new. As long as what you have is in good working order, the cosmetic improvement can come later.

Refinish instead of replace – Replacing kitchen cabinets will likely be the most expensive part of your kitchen remodel. But if your cabinets are in good condition, there’s really no sense in replacing them. Consider giving them a fresh new look by refinishing them, replacing their hardware, or adding attractive glass inserts to the door fronts. There are many ways to refresh your cabinets without spending a lot of money.

Donate your old stuff – There’s no reason to simply throw away your old kitchen. Your outdated refrigerator or dishwasher would be a welcome addition at the local woman’s shelter, soup kitchen, or church. Old cabinetry may be in good enough condition for Habitat for Humanity, or a family in need. Remember, a legitimate donation is a tax write off.

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