For people that have lived in the same house for many years, the time inevitably arrives when remodeling is needed. Often it is the kitchen that needs a face-lift as it is a room in every home that is probably used more than other rooms. It is the years of cooking, eating, family arguments and discussions that usually necessitate kitchen renewal. Obviously saving money on kitchen remodeling is the goal of every homeowner and this is why many will entertain various money saving ideas or methods that will illuminate any unnecessary expense. One of the best cost-saving ideas is to do the remodeling yourself – do-it-yourself. A word of warning, however, if you are not good at do-it-yourself, do not attempt to remodel your kitchen – the chances of you screwing the job up are high and you’ll end up paying untold amounts to have your screw up repaired. For those who are capable and do know the difference between a screwdriver and hammer, doing it yourself, will save you a great deal.
Do-it-yourself people first need to consider whether they are going to completely change the design of the kitchen or retain the same layout and only renew various kitchen fixtures. If you want to change your kitchen into some sort of futuristic food preparation area, you are advised to hire a draftsperson to help you with the planning. It is also important to remember that completely changing the kitchen’s layout will require a lot of money. With building costs what they are, it is probably best to maintain the same kitchen arrangement and only renew or remove kitchen fixtures. For example, a smaller bench top will make the kitchen roomier. You may also find that, since your children have grown and moved away, you do not need as many cabinets – there are probably many other space saving ideas that you could implement that will also save you money.
With your new kitchen plan decided upon, head down to your local home center and purchase everything you need. Home center staff will be able to advise you on the various products available. There are also some home centers that sell do-it-yourself kits for home renovations. Indeed, these kits have everything you need from granite counter tops to floor tiles all easily installed and not retailing at ridiculous prices. Some kitchen fixtures, you buy, may require a trades person to install. Although you are probably able to do simple plumbing jobs, you will need a plumber to hook up complicated appliances, like a dishwasher, etc. This also applies to any electrical work. These skills workers are necessary and although you’ll have to pay for their services, you’ll save by doing the miscellaneous jobs of painting, cleaning, hanging cabinets, etc yourself.
Another money saving method to have you kitchen remodeled is to ask a trade’s person friend. If, for example you have a friend who is a carpenter, perhaps you can ask him or her to assist you in renovating your kitchen; trades people often get excellent discounts on equipment, thus saving you money. Your friend is probably also able to advise you on fixtures and appliances to purchase. If you decide to install a new stove, refrigerator or sink, don’t spend a fortune on top-of-the-line appliances; there are cheaper kitchen products that are just as reliable as the well-known and expensive products. Other cost saving ideas include, choosing laminated flooring over tiles or hardwood, repaint kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them; purchasing reconditioned kitchen furniture, changing the kitchen lighting to something cheaper and more environment friendly, etc. There are, no doubt, many other cost saving adjustments and purchases you could do to save money on kitchen remodeling.
There are still many people that believe hiring a contractor is the best, albeit, safest way of ensuring kitchen remodeling is completed swiftly and without any problems. This is actually quite true and people that do hire a contractor need to be prepared to pay a great deal of money to have the job done. There are ways, however, of saving money using a professional contractor. Let’s review. First of all spend time searching for a reputable contractor – hiring the first one you see in the Yellow Pages, is risky. Use the Internet to find a competent contractor. These days most firms have a website and you’ll also find comments from satisfied customers. If possible contact one or more of the comment-makers and ask questions. The next step is to have the contractor come to your house and give you an estimate. Don’t lead him or her to believe that they are the only contractor you’ve contacted; ideally collect more than three estimates. Once you’ve decided on a firm, ask how long the job will take; you don’t want to be without a kitchen for an indefinite period of time. In short, don’t let a contractor procrastinate, make sure the job gets completed within a couple of weeks – time is money.
Remodeling your kitchen will add to the value of the house and if, at some point in the future, you decide to sell, having a remodeled kitchen will enable you to get back a lot of the money that went into remodeling.
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