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5 Tips To Stay In Budget During Your Kitchen Remodel

Many people spend a lot of time in their kitchen — it's often the hub for the entire family. It's no surprise that it is often the top priority when it comes to remodeling. The following tips can help you get the kitchen of your dreams without breaking the bank.

1. Know Your Priorities

Before developing any concrete plans, make a list of your priorities for the remodel. If your main goal, for example, is to have space for both food prep and for the kids to work on homework as you cook, then your budget focus should be on a multi-use island and not on a top-of-the-line, built-in smart refrigerator. Planning is much easier if you have an end goal you are working towards, simply because you can quickly see where it is best to make cuts to the budget.

2. Avoid the Add-On Trap

A major risk during any remodel is falling for the temptation to add on just one more thing since you are doing the work anyway. For example, since you are putting in new taps, why not also add on a pot spigot by the stove? Never mind that the stove is on a different wall and will need to have expensive water lines run to it. If it isn't part of the original plan and isn't a priority, save your money.

3. Personalize Stock Options

It can be tempting to get all the top-of-the-line or custom items out there, whether it's the countertop, flooring, or appliances. Instead, consider personalizing stock or builder's grade options for items that aren't on your priority list. For example, custom cabinets can look nice, but stock cabinets outfitted with upgraded hardware of your choice can look just as beautiful and perform just as well.

4. Consider Salvage Materials

If you really want a custom look but can't afford a custom price, consider salvaged building materials. Many cities have salvage home improvement stores that you can walk through with your contractor. You could find beautiful retro light fixtures for a fraction of the price of modern look-a-likes, and your contractor can update the wiring to modern specs during installation.

5. Be Firm With Your Contractor

Finally, be firm with your budget when it comes to your contractor. A good contractor will have your best interest in mind, so make sure they are aware of your budget limitations and know not to go over those limitations without consulting with you first.

For more help in planning your remodel, contact a kitchen remodeling service in your area.