Surviving Your Kitchen Remodel


If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen this summer, you’ve probably already prepared a budget to stick with, started picking out cabinet colors and backsplash options, and deciding on dates that will be convenient for the project. What you might not have considered are what elements will take the most time and work and what your remodeling project will add to the value of your home. Check out our guide to surviving your kitchen remodeling job!

How much will you spend on your new kitchen?

Almost 50% of your budget will be spent on cabinetry and hardware, installation, and lighting. The other 50%, depending on what you are replacing in your home, will go to countertops, flooring, walls, design fees, plumbing, and new doors and windows.

What can I expect to spend overall?

From a minor kitchen remodel to a major, upscale project, you can expect to spend anywhere between $20,000 to $115,000. While this seems like a lot of money, the effort you put into your home will make a big return when it comes time to sell your home one day.

 Are there any features in my kitchen that I should splurge or save on?

The functionality and installation process of your cabinets is something you’ll want to splurge on, as these will have the longest life in your home. Countertops and the backsplash you choose can be the focal point of your home, so depending on your style, your budget will be up to you. For appliances, you need to choose these while considering your cabinets and countertops so you aren’t boxed into a floor plan that will eat your budget in other areas. We all know appliances don’t come cheap, but there are always plenty of more economical options. 

Now that you know some of the most important parts of choosing elements in your remodeling job, we have a few survival tips to help you get through the project: 

  1. Stick to your budget.
  2. Know the breakdown of the costs you and your contractor are agreeing on.
  3. Set aside 20% for unexpected expenses.
  4. Make a list of priorities. What is most important to you?
  5. Know how you will finance the project.
  6. Where will you stay while the renovation is underway?
  7. Do some of the easy tasks if you can to lower some costs.
  8. Don’t be tempted! Avoid extra costs by sticking to the budget.

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