How To Renovate Your Kitchen And Stay Within Your Budget

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If you want to save as much as possible on your kitchen remodel while also getting what you want, you should know how much you can afford to spend and a list of what you want and need before meeting with design professionals.   

Budgeting and Wish List   

To help you stay within your financial means, create a budget that allows for a 20 percent increase over the estimate to cover unexpected costs. To ensure that the final result includes the changes that are most important to you and your family, meet with your entire family to create a list of things you like about your current kitchen, things you want to change, and things you want to add or remove.   

This list will be used to determine where changes or adjustments can be made to reduce costs, it needed. With you budget and wish list in place, schedule a meeting with three or four design professionals. Your budget and wish list will help them give you the most accurate cost estimates.   

If you want to get an idea of average remodeling costs before meeting with these remodeling professionals, contact local real estate agents and bankers because they should have the most recent industry averages.   

Budget-Friendly Renovations Options   

The main expansion options are to rearrange your current kitchen's layout without adding more floor space, add more floor space by using the areas surrounding the kitchen, build a new addition to your current kitchen, or build a larger kitchen in a different location.   

The cheapest option is to maximize the use of your current kitchen's floor space. This can be done by putting all unused or poorly used areas to better use. For instance, cabinets can be rearranged so that unused corners and wall space can be used for additional counter space and storage.   

You may also find that rearranging the items included in your primary work triangle -- the stove, sink, and refrigerator -- can make your kitchen more user-friendly.   

Reasons Kitchen Renovations Can Be Worth It Even for the Budget-Challenged   

Even for those with limited budgets, kitchen renovations are popular because the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home. This is because it's often used for much more than as a place to prepare food and eat. Today, kitchens are also used as a place to pay bills, study, do homework, work from home, socialize with family and friends and more.    

If you're planning to sell your home soon, the more you can save on your kitchen remodel, the better chance you have to recoup your investment if you decide to sell. To get the best value for your money, don't spend more than 25 percent of the value of your home for your kitchen remodel. To explore your remodeling options further, contact a remodeling professional like those at Winston Brown Construction.

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