Limiting your expenses goes beyond spending the minimum possible for the kitchen renovation. It’s also a matter of how much you spend after the reno is over.
Why will you continue to spend once the kitchen is renovated?
Well, your future expenses won’t have to do with the renovation itself but with the utility bills, repairs, maintenance. And when it comes to such expenses, they depend on the choices you make today and all things included in the kitchen remodeling.
Want to save money on the kitchen remodel or the long run?
While the kitchen remodeling costs vary depending on a variety of factors – location, contractor, materials, size of the room, etc., this is still a considerable expense. We all know that – hence, the effort to find ways to cut down the cost without omitting basic tasks often included in kitchen renovations.
The truth is that there are ways to cut down the expenses for the kitchen remodeling. Some ideas? Refacing instead of replacing the kitchen cabinets. Getting cheaper hardware. Not tearing down walls or not getting new appliances. Not changing the kitchen layout and keeping the same floor.
It’s not easy to say which idea is best for each kitchen. For that, you may need the help of a kitchen remodeler. It all has to do with the condition of the existing kitchen and everything in it – the floor, the window casing, the appliances. For example, if the kitchen flooring is just fine, why get a new one? That’s a major cost and can be avoided.
But then comes the question. How about if the condition of the kitchen cabinets or the floor is so and so? How about if we are talking about something major, like the layout, which is expensive to change but you consider it vital for your daily comfort? Sometimes, it’s best to spend once and feel the pleasure of function for years and years. And there’s more.
What can empty your pocket after the kitchen renovation?
What can make you put the hand back in the pocket once the kitchen renovation is long finished? Bad choices. Poor materials. Let me explain.
In an effort to cut down on the kitchen remodeling, you may decide to go for cheaper materials. Or materials hardly resistant to the hardship kitchens experience daily. Eventually you will need to make some replacements in the kitchen and the sad story is that it may not be long after the current renovation.
Something similar may happen if you try to do things on your own or just hire a general contractor instead of a specialized kitchen remodeling contractor. If you don’t use an expert pro, you don’t actually save money. And do you know what? You run the risk of actually spending more in the long run due to a bad job, wrong materials, improper installations. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to pay an expensive kitchen makeover rather than pay a cheap handyman.
How to plan the kitchen remodeling to gain money down the road?
When it comes to the kitchen remodel, there are some things worth splurging and there are some things not worth the expense. To help you decide, think of what’s most important to you. Also, think of which things can easily change later.
For instance, if the kitchen floor is truly damaged and so, you cannot avoid the expense of a new flooring now, don’t opt for a cheap or non-resistant material. The floor is not something you can easily replace and even a cheap one is expensive enough to influence your family budget.
Yes, you can lower the current costs by getting cheaper hardware or faucet or not spending lots of money on a pendant, but splurge when it comes to the kitchen countertop. It’s not just hard to replace a kitchen countertop but it’s also vital that the material is resistant so that it won’t become an issue for your safety – an issue that will cost you in two ways: your health and paying twice for a countertop in a short period of time