How to Save on a Kitchen Remodel

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments by

Kitchen remodels are one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home and are therefore a great return of investment. The kitchen is one of the first rooms—if not the first room—that potential homebuyers look at when assessing your home. However, to get the most bang for your buck, follow this savvy remodeling advice:


1.) Ask your contractor to use building supplies left over from other jobs. For example, using surplus flooring collected from other construction job sites can save you thousands of dollars. It may take it some extra time and effort to plane the boards to a uniform thickness, sand, and then refinish them, but your savings could be substantial.


2.) Keep the number of recessed lighting fixtures to a minimum. Recessed lighting is much more costly than mounted fixtures, because they require additional labor to cut into the ceiling and add adequate insulation. Moreover, a mounted fixture often provides more light than a recessed one, so you can save on the cost of the hardware as well. For example, six recessed lights would cost $900 to install, while the installation of one mounted fixture is $300 on average.


3.) Handle cleanup yourself. Even if you don’t have the expertise to lower your final bill by completing some DIY remodeling tasks, you can always clean up after the work crews. Rather than paying someone $200 a day to sweep sawdust and cart away trash, you could do it yourself. Over a few days, this extra effort will add up to significant savings.

Construction, Contractor, Flooring, Home Improvement, Home Services, Installation, Kitchen

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