Easily Saving Money During a Kitchen Remodel
Well, you decided to go ahead and spend the money on a kitchen remodel. After all, it is an often promoted concept that your kitchen offers the highest return on your investment. In fact, just look at the search results for the question "What room remodel offers the best ROI?" and you will find that kitchen consistently is at or near the top of the list. Even though you decided you are willing to spend the money on the project, you don't have to go the expensive route. There are ways you can easily save money during a kitchen remodel. In this article we will take a look at some effective ways of remodeling your kitchen for less.
Does Higher Price Always Mean Better Quality?
One of the first ideas that we want to briefly consider before we dive into the topic at hand is the issue of quality. It is easy to conclude that a higher priced item is a better quality than a very similar product that is a lower price. Why? Because in our minds, rationalize that there is a good reason for a given item to be more expensive; even if we cannot see the difference. And even though the information we are going to cover here won't help you learn how to get something for nothing, there are ways to save in the process. So, lets get into the discussion of saving money during kitchen remodeling.
Find Renewed or Refurbished Faucets, Fixtures and Lighting
Fixtures are an easy-to-replace aspect of your kitchen that make a huge difference in appearance. Getting great deals on things such as lighting and other fixtures will reduce the cost of your remodeled kitchen. Finding the best deals on these items is not hard if you know where to look.
Manufacturers and brands at times are confronted with situations where they have products that for one reason or another cannot be sold as a new item. When these products are returned or deemed to be not new, companies have to do something with them. Selling these products through other channels is one way they they recoup losses on these items. Because of this, you can find a number of discounted certified refurbished faucets and other fixtures online relatively easily. The more of these fixtures you are able to find, the deeper your savings will be in the long run. But discounted fixtures are not the only technique for saving money during a kitchen remodel.
Re-use Existing Cabinets
Among the largest expenses you will have during a kitchen remodel is the cabinetry. Kitchen cabinets are not cheap. They have to be designed to take the wear and tear. Additionally, this design element is a large part of the kitchen in the first place. And therein lies the opportunity to save some money. If you can re-use your existing cabinets in the remodeled kitchen, you can reduce the cost of the job.
Same Cabinets, Completely Different Look
Just because you are sticking with the existing cabinetry, it doesn't mean you won't get a "new" kitchen. There are some very effective, yet easy-to-apply ways you can completely renovate the cabinets in place. Some of these tricks include:
- Updating or Adding Hardware
- Refinishing or Painting Them
- Replacing the Countertops
Hardware, Easy Upgrade
If your existing cabinets already have hardware, simply buying new hardware and changing it out has a big impact on the look and feel of the room. This is especially true when this technique is combined with one or more others. Never underestimate the power of simply changing the handles and knobs on kitchen cabinets.
Refinish or Repaint
Cabinetry is not cheap and by keeping the cabinets you already have, you will save yourself a large chunk of spending in the budget. But you don't have to keep the cabinets the same color. You can simply refinish or paint them a color that fits better with your new design. Painting cabinets is a simple yet effective way to make a big change in the appearance of your kitchen.
Replace the Countertops
Countertops are another aspect of your kitchen that really stand out. Technically, this could be its own item rather than being a sub-point under the cabinetry, but it is so closely linked to the cabinets, we thought we'd cover it here. This is an aspect of the remodel that you probably won't be doing yourself so be sure you do your research and get the best deal for the quality of surface you are getting.
Any of the three aforementioned updates regarding cabinets will make the kitchen look completely different. The more of them you employ the greater the change. And if you do all three, you may as well call it a new kitchen!
Buy Floor Model Appliances
Another technique you can use to save money on your remodel is to get a good deal on your appliances. But how? Do you have to search and search to find the best deal on the appliance you want? The answer is no. Retailers are continually making room for the new products or they will rearrange the floor plan in the store. When this happens, they need to eliminate floor models (or the models on display).
Because they have to move these open-boxed models of the appliance quickly to make room the new displays, they take a discount on that one item. It is exactly like the others, it is just unboxed and has been on display. The more of these are able to find and obtain, the more savings you can realize in your kitchen remodel.
In conclusion, there are a number of ways you can save money when remodeling your kitchen. Some are easier than others. If you know where to look, you can find avenues of opportunity that allow you to get a kitchen that is virtually brand new yet doesn't break the bank!