A kitchen remodel is typically the largest home improvement project a homeowner will experience. The cost of a kitchen remodel can vary drastically depending on a number of factors. Will you do it yourself or hire a professional? Are you replacing appliances, cabinets and countertops or just updating a few pieces? Is it a total remodel or perhaps more of a face-lift? Each of these factors can have a large influence on the final price tag of a kitchen remodel. A simple project like a fresh coat of paint and replacing a few items could keep the total price under $1,000, while a full remodel could end up costing tens of thousands.
Who Will Do the Work?
One of the biggest things that can impact the cost of any type of home remodel project is if you will be paying someone to do the work or taking it on yourself. If you are thinking about using a professional, it makes sense to meet with a few remodeling companies and receive free project estimates. Make sure you feel comfortable with the contractor and that they understand and can implement your vision for the remodel.
There are pros and cons to each option. Some benefits of using a professional include:
- peace of mind that the project will get done correctly
- more free time for yourself
- professional guidance on style choices
Benefits of going the do-it-yourself route:
- total control of the project and when work happens
- potential cost savings
- personal satisfaction with finishing a home improvement project
Choosing Your Appliances
Appliances come in a wide range of styles and prices. There are seemingly limitless options when it comes to finding a new refrigerator, freezer, oven and dishwasher. It can be easy to get caught up in all the bells and whistles that are now offered with new appliances. To keep costs down, make sure to focus on your priorities. Is it more important to have a certain finish color like stainless steel, white or black? Or do you require a specific feature like speed chilling, sparkling water dispenser or energy efficiency? Make a prioritized list of your required features to help your search process. Understand which elements you're willing to compromise on if the perfect appliance is not in your price range.
The final details of a kitchen remodel can really make it into something special. Paying special attention to the little things like cabinet hardware can bring the room together. Sometimes the little elements get forgotten until the last minute. This can mean unanticipated expenses. To alleviate stress, do your best to think through all of the project elements before you begin.
Make a Plan and Keep a Budget
As with any home improvement project, it's important to have a plan and a budget established. Things to consider for your plan include a timeline for the project, a delegation of work/roles and your vision for how the finished project will look. If you are doing the work yourself, include details on all pieces of the project that are associated with a cost to help estimate a total budget. If you have a contract or doing the work, carefully review all the details of the contract before signing. Don’t forget about the cost of things like eating out or boarding your pets during the remodel, if necessary. Give yourself some wiggle room in case you need to make last-minute changes.