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It goes without saying that the price of kitchen remodeling can become very expensive. In fact, remodeling the kitchen will likely be one of the most expensive home improvement projects you will undertake. New cabinetry, new flooring, and new appliances alone can cost a bundle. But wait! There are ways to save on kitchen remodeling! Don’t let the cost deter you from having the kitchen of your dreams. Here, we will discuss 5 ways to save on kitchen remodeling.
Save on kitchen remodeling – STEP 1
Save on appliances – If at all possible, reuse your existing kitchen appliances. If your appliances are in good working order, reusing them could potentially save thousands of dollars. If your appliances work great, but need a makeover, consider covering them with stainless steel contact paper. It’s tough, it’s durable, it wipes clean, and it makes old appliances look BRAND NEW.
Save on kitchen remodeling – STEP 2
Keep things where they are – In addition to reusing your kitchen appliances, you should also try to keep them in their current location during your kitchen remodel. The labor costs will be extremely high if you have to have someone rewire, move electric outlets, and move plumbing. Again, this can save you hundreds of dollars on your kitchen remodeling project.
Save on kitchen remodeling – STEP 3
Kitchen cabinetry – Consider your kitchen cabinetry options carefully. There are many fun and exciting kitchen accessories that are tempting to buy, but they will significantly increase the overall cost. Stick with simple designs. Use a deep pantry cabinet instead of a Lazy Susan, use a standard trash can instead of paying for a trash can roll out, and so on.
Save on kitchen remodeling – STEP 4
Be patient – If you are struggling to find the money to complete your kitchen remodel, ask yourself this question. What’s the hurry? Be patient and and don’t try to do everything at once. Of course your new kitchen cabinetry would look great with glass inserts or topped with decorative crown molding or galley rail, but those are extras that can wait till a later date. Don’t break the bank to get the kitchen of your dreams.
Save on kitchen remodeling – STEP 5
Flooring – Instead of using pricey ceramic tile on the kitchen floor, take a look at the beautiful patterns and textures available with linoleum flooring or stick on flooring. These products have vastly improved over the years and are easy enough to install that you can do it yourself. This not only saves on the labor, but the flooring itself is MUCH less expensive. The finished product looks great too.
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