How to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget

Are you looking to update your kitchen, but you also don’t want to spend a ton of money in the process? Remodeling your kitchen is a big and expensive process. Did you know the average kitchen remodeling costs between $20,000 to $50,000, depending on what you want to have done? That’s the cost of a luxury car!

If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, a kitchen remodel can add value to your home. HGTV found that most homeowners end up making 90 to 100% back of the money they spend remodeling their kitchen when they sell their house. That means if you manage to cut down the prices on remodeling your kitchen, you can end up making money! If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, but you have a small budget, there are ways to make it work— they just require some creativity and getting your hands dirty. 

Keep reading to learn about kitchen remodeling ideas that will save you money, without you having to give up on your dream kitchen.

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Stick to a Budget

Before you start remodeling your kitchen, be aware that kitchens are one of the most expensive areas of the house to remodel. Upgrading other rooms like bathrooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms is much cheaper. Staying within budget is the homeowner’s responsibility as outside contractors, designers, or architects have no motivation to keep the costs down because they make money off of maximizing the costs of the project.

Keep the Layout

The costs will quickly add up if you change the layout of your kitchen. Moving plumbing services such as your dishwasher, sink, or refrigerator requires you to hire a plumber. Also, moving electrical services such as outlets, lights, refrigerators, ovens, or garbage disposals means you’ll have to rewire your kitchen and tear out the drywall.

If you’re looking for a change to your kitchen, that isn’t drastic enough to cost you a lot of money, add a kitchen island. Not only will kitchen islands update the design of the kitchen, but they’ll come in handy for meal prep and storage. 

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Do It Yourself

Save money by cutting out the middleman. If you can do the project yourself, all you’ll have to pay for are the materials. But, if you need the job done within a time frame, hiring professionals is the way to go. Jobs such as interior painting, hanging drywall, and installing baseboards you may be able to do on your own. 

Refresh Instead of Replacing Your Cabinets

Besides plumbing and electrical expenses, a lot of money tends to be blown on buying new cabinets. To replace any part of your kitchen will cost more money than keeping most of the materials. Not only will refreshing existing cabinets help you financially, but it’s actually better for the environment because flooring, plastics, laminates, and glass end up in landfills and they take centuries to degrade.

Instead, refresh your cabinets by painting them or refacing them with new woods and replacing the doors and drawers. You can also save money by installing open shelving, which adds an elegant, airy feel to your kitchen. A fresh white coat of paint and adding new hardware can make your cabinets appear new again.

Fix and Refurbish Your Appliances

New appliances cost around 15% of the total cost of kitchen remodeling. Before jumping to get new appliances, consider which appliances you can keep. If you do need to replace an appliance like the fridge, but you’re worried that it won’t match your microwave, consider repainting them with special appliance paint. There’s even stainless steel paint!

There’s also a wealth of information available on the internet for fixing kitchen appliances and you can buy service parts online for dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, garbage disposals, microwaves, etc.


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