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How to Save Money While Remodeling Your Kitchen

If you are like many people who are seeking to remodel a kitchen, you don’t want to spend too much money on the project. It’s very easy to break a budget when you are working on a kitchen remodel because of the prices associated with replacing various appliances and handling some of the different changes. Here are some tips to help you stay on budget and avoid spending too much on your project.

Negotiating

 

It’s never inappropriate to try to get a lower price from a professional that is working on remodeling your kitchen. You should get at least three estimates and then try to negotiate with them on the price in order to ensure that you get the best deal available. It can also be useful to negotiate and haggle at appliance retailers. Some individuals who have done this have saved around $200 on their appliance purchase.

Footprints

 

Based on information from the National Association of Home Builders, the average cost for new construction is around $80 per square foot. Therefore, if you add around 5 square feet to a 10 by 10 room, you will spend around $4500 before you will be able to finish the space or buy necessities such as countertops. If you choose to stay with the original footprint for your kitchen, you will save a great deal of money; most money is spent when trying to move various elements of your kitchen around.

Bargain Hunting

 

Sometimes purchasing the overstocked model or a previous year’s model can help you to make you way towards great savings. If you don’t mind using or purchasing pre-owned items in fairly good condition, you may want to consider picking up your appliances from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores. A KitchenAid double wall oven was recently sold for $350 in the Mt. Vernon, N.Y location. Typically, a new double oven costs over $3000.

Work Yourself

 

Even inexperienced homeowners can handle demolition on their projects. However, before you start grabbing a sledgehammer to work on tearing things down, you should talk with your contractor to ensure that your project’s start date and schedule are in sync. If you have appliances and cabinets that are still in good shape, you may want to consider donating them or selling them on Craigslist.

Energy Rebates

 

It’s always a good idea to check out the website of the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency at dsireusa.org. Based on information from a recent survey, Consumer Reports readers were able to save around $150 with the rebates that were provided.

Keeping Appliances

Information from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry have stated that remodeling around your existing appliances that you own will help you to save anywhere from $1500 to $5000. Therefore, if you have appliances and equipment that is in reasonable shape, you might want to focus on creating a fresh look by remodeling your kitchen to make cosmetic changes.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.