Posted by William on July 7, 2011
The cost of remodeling a kitchen can range from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to go broke doing it. Remodeling costs usually fall into one of three categories: labor, mechanics and fixtures. Save some extra money for surprise costs also. Here are several suggestions that will help you figure out the approximate price for kitchen remodeling.
1. Write it on paper. Make a plan and a list so you can figure out the cost for your kitchen remodel. Make up your mind if new cabinets are needed or if the old cabinets can be painted. If you provide photos of your existing kitchens, many home improvement centers can give you computer generated kitchen remodeling plans. Make a decision about replacing appliances and the kind of appliances you desire. Look on the Internet for appliance features and merchants that have low prices. Some appliance merchants will give you big discounts if you purchase more than one appliance. About 30% of the entire modeling price will be spent on appliances, cabinets and fixtures.
2. If you are not going to do the work yourself, engage a contractor who has a good reputation and who has plenty of experience in remodeling kitchens. Be certain the contractor has a license as well as insurance. Obtain references from a contractor and be certain the time frame is documented on paper. The price for labor is about 30% of the entire remodeling price.
3. Do it on your own. If you have repaired your home before, you might be able to do most of the work on your own and spend less money. People who have some DIY experience can do the painting, hang kitchen cabinets and install some appliances. Experts should install gas appliances. Be certain you employ plumbers and electricians with good reputations to assist with the mechanical aspects for remodeling the kitchen, if needed. Considering how old your kitchen is, mechanical remodels might require a maximum of 30% of your budget.
4. Unexpected costs are sure to arise, so put aside a minimum of 10 percent of your budget to handle those surprises. There may be termites or the wood may have dry rot, and this has to be fixed. You might have old wiring that is not up to standard. There may be leaks in old water pipes and you might need new ones. Always have an “emergency fund” for these types of repairs.