Aside from the obvious physical trials and tribulations that can arise during a strenuous kitchen remodel, one of the most overlooked hurdles is the budget. Now, unless you are independently wealthy and money is no object, there is need to create a working budget for the project. Not only will it help you stay on track during the remodel, but it will also give you an idea of where you can try to save money and cut costs. Working within your budget during a kitchen remodel may sound impossible, but with a concerted effort it can be done.
The first thing to do is list all of your expenses. Everything from the work gloves that you will need during demolition to the sandpaper you will use for the final touches. Write down everything that you can possibly think of and include the estimated or actual price. If possible, create your list in an editable computer spreadsheet so that you can update it with actual costs and keep a running total of all expenses. Once you have a rough idea of what you need and how much it should cost, you can begin by looking for ways to save money.
Save On Cabinets
No doubt about it, kitchen cabinets will be one of, if not the largest expense of a kitchen remodel. Things like buying from a retailer, wanting highly detailed and customized cabinets, and demanding expensive woods can all bring your cabinet costs up until they skyrocket by your budget. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to keep that from happening. One of the first things to consider is ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets. These high-quality cabinets make it easy for the do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowner to do a lot of the installation himself. Wholesalers that specialize in RTA cabinets offer another great way to save money on high-quality cabinets. They often offer deep discounts on cabinets, because they have the ability to skip the middle man – the retailer. What this means for you is either great savings and coming in below budget, or the chance to have even more intricate or detailed cabinets at a fraction of the cost.
Countertops and floors are also big expenses during any kitchen remodel. Wholesalers of these types of products, just like those of RTA cabinets, often have great discounts and deals. While a marble countertop at an exclusive retailer may be tens of thousands of dollars, you might be able to get it directly from the wholesaler at a mere fraction of the price. The same holds true for flooring and appliances. Do not be afraid to seek out wholesalers to get the best deals possible.
Saving on the big ticket items in your kitchen remodel can help you stay on or under budget. Not only will it make you happy to save the money, but you will have a sense of satisfaction in knowing that your kitchen is exactly the way you want it to be without the big price tag. Take the time to find products and prices that work best for your new kitchen.