Whether you hire a general contractor or DIY, follow my killer tips to save money and add value when you do your kitchen remodeling project.
Here are 14 tips for remodeling your kitchen on a budget.
- Know what look you want before you start interviewing contractors. Drop by local showrooms to see cabinets, countertop options and combinations. This will help you get a sense of costs for different options, too. Sign up for my newsletter and get a free list is quality vendors that I use.
- Keep your plumbing and gas lines in the same place. A kitchen remodel costs considerably less when you don’t change the layout.
- Here is the biggest tip of all, don’t assume big-box stores have the lowest prices. A local cabinetmaker, in some cases, may offer a better deal than the larger competition. Many cabinet dealers sell pre-fab cabinets that offer excellent quality and cheap price because that are purchased in bulk and they pass those savings to you.
- Shop around. Explore all options for both labor and materials, from granite to hardware to appliances. Price varies a lot.
- Consider used. Entire kitchens are routinely sold on Craigslist and at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore as well as architectural salvage stores. Hiring a local cabinetmaker to create a piece or two is much cheaper than creating an entire kitchen. It’s used, obviously, but it’s usually very high-quality.
- Look for remnants of granite and marble. Most fabricators have stone left over from previous jobs, and they’ll often sell it for a fraction of the original cost. Also, most suppliers stock pre-fab granite are great prices.
- Make friends with cabinet shops. Once they’re finished with a display, it is sold at a deep discount.
- Shop online. Hardware, plumbing and lighting fixtures are all great items to buy online.
- Don’t skimp on planning. The exact layout of the kitchen and choice of cabinets will make a big difference in how well your kitchen functions.
- Find out where contractors shop. Many of those stores and fabricators are open to the public. Some offer discounts for bigger purchases, and many sell products that aren’t available in retail stores. I will help you with this. OC Kitchen King, the superhero of remodeling, I will send you my list of vendors and suppliers that I’ve taken years to find.
- Be flexible on materials. If there is a look you want, see if there is a cheaper way to get it. Subway tile and glass tile, for example, are available at many price points, as are granite, marble and porcelain floor tile.
- Scratch and dent appliances. Outlet stores that sell last years model, floor models or scratch and dent applainces offer huge discounts. ReStore or Sears Outlet are a couple that I use quick frequently
- Paint when possible. Know that paint is cheaper than stain, and that goes for the labor, too. Don;t overlook what a difference it makes to paint your cabinets.
- Consider alternative materials and designs. You can take the doors off the top cabinets or repurpose old furniture as kitchen storage or to create an island. Beadboard creates an attractive, inexpensive backsplash. And you might be surprised at today’s laminate countertops. Laminate has come a really long way, It doesn’t have that ugly laminate look anymore. Also, pre-fabbed Quartz counter tops can be inexpensive options.