How To Save Money When You Remodel A Kitchen
Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2016 10:57
Written by bkshowplace
Monday, 18 April 2016 08:54
The kitchen is quite possibly the most important room of your home. It’s the focal point for you and your family and represents a high percentage of the property’s value in general. You might be thinking about selling your home. In fact, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) estimates that 5.3 million homes were sold in 2015. One of the greatest factors for increasing the value of your home is a newly-remodeled kitchen.
ConsumerReports.com notes that 53 percent of professionals in the industry believe that the kitchen is the most important room when selling your home. That’s why it’s important to make budget-conscious decisions about your plans to remodel.
Upgrade the Appliances
There might be no escaping the high upfront costs of replacing your worn out kitchen appliances. That doesn’t mean you can’t save money on those items in the long run. Look for US EPA rated products. Energy Star estimates that an energy-efficient dishwasher can save 1300 gallons of water over its lifetime. An energy-efficient refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave will cut down on your longterm energy costs. You can also save money by installing the new appliances in the same location as the old appliances. Don’t add to your bill by purchasing a shiny, huge microwave that needs to be custom installed to the countertop.
Countertops and Floors
These are some of the big ticket items. You want to get the countertops and floors done right, so don’t try to do it yourself. Hire a trusted, reliable contractor to get the job done in a timely fashion. Search online for deals. If your heart is set on granite, quartz or other premium countertops, then only choose a surface type that is on sale. The same goes for flooring. Ceramic tile and wood are the high end choices, but finding a sale on those materials will save you some money. Also, there are cheaper alternatives that look just as good. Consider tile and laminate for the countertops. Also, take a look at vinyl for the floors. You’ll find way more choices and the money you saved can go to improving other areas of the house.
If you look around your kitchen, you’re sure to notice that most of the total area space is occupied by cabinetry. There’s so much cabinetry that you might have gone blind to them, but prospective home buyers are looking at every little detail. You might be tempted to rip them all down and go with a high-end custom job. Yet, you can shave some money off your remodeling budget by going with pre-fabricated cabinetry. Standard cabinets have pre-cut sizes, colors and trims. It might take you a bit longer to find the right match for the rest of your decor, but it can save you money.
Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t have to break your budget. These are just a few smart ways to save money and get the most value out of your home. Just follow these easy guidelines, and you’ll have a kitchen that you’ll be proud of for years to come.