How To Budget For Your Kitchen Remodel

By December 3, 2018Blog
How to budget for your kitchen remodel

Remodeling your kitchen can add value to your home and make your life easier.

It’s important to know your priorities and budget before you get started, though. If you don’t you could end up with a half-finished renovation, a lot of debt, and no working kitchen space. To ensure your remodel accomplishes your goals and stays within your budget, you have to know how to budget for it. It’s also important to be prepared for ancillary expenses and concerns, such as eating at restaurants instead of at home, possibly being without water, and the disruption in your family’s routine.

Deciding on the Overall Budget

Depending on the size of your kitchen and your specific remodeling needs, you should expect to spend several thousand to several tens of thousands of dollars. Make sure you have a ballpark amount you’re comfortable with spending before you start looking at new appliances, marble countertops, and handmade floor tiles. This will help ensure you’re happy with the results of your remodel and your bank account doesn’t get too depleted in the process.

Getting Your Priorities in Order

Think hard about which aspects of your kitchen are most utilized, then concentrate on those areas first. If you love making pastry, a marble-topped island might get a lot of use in your kitchen. If you’re less concerned with Filo dough and more concerned with creating elaborate dishes, you might want something a bit more multi-purpose. Your kitchen remodel won’t take shape until you decide what’s important to you.  

Divvying Up the Dollars

The areas you deem to be priorities should account for a decent chunk of your overall budget. If your priorities fall more toward the aesthetic of the room rather than the functionality, your budget should show the most outlay there. For some remodels, nearly 75% of the budget is focused on appliances, labor, and other necessities; others spend a similar amount on visual accents like mosaic tile and light fixtures. Your budget priorities during the remodel should always reflect your needs and desires.

Reasonable Expectations for Duration and Function

While smaller remodeling jobs may not require your entire kitchen to be unusable, it can become inconvenient to prepare a meal. Larger remodels could end up rendering the whole space unusable for days, or even weeks. Talk to your contractor and make sure you understand how much use you will (or won’t) have, and for how long. Some questions to ask your contractor include:

  • How long can I expect the remodel to last?
  • Will I be able to use my kitchen during the remodel?
  • Are other areas going to be impacted by the work? For instance:
    • When and how long will the water need to be off in the home?
    • Will certain entrances be blocked by the remodeling?
    • What are the hours when I can expect work to be taking place?

Even a small remodel can make a big impact on your family routine, as well as your pocketbook. Especially if you cook most meals at home, it’s important to be prepared for the expense of eating at a restaurant, grabbing some takeout, or ordering pizza. For larger, more comprehensive kitchen remodels, you may find yourself eating takeout and pizza for longer than just a few days. Be prepared by knowing how long your kitchen will be out of commission and budgeting the expense of buying pre-made food for your family. You might also consider setting up a makeshift kitchen somewhere else in your home: a microwave, hot plate, and toaster oven could be both cost-effective and very useful.

Waiting for the Results

Be prepared to be patient during your kitchen remodel. Large remodels must be carefully planned and executed to minimize the time spent on the project. However, because of tight timetables and the necessity of taking each stage in order, even small hiccups with material availability can cause unforeseen delays. Smaller remodeling jobs can also fall victim to delays and hiccups, often beyond the control of the contractors. Keep in mind, though, that a reliable contractor will communicate with you as soon as they’re aware of an issue and then work hard to ensure the delay is as brief as possible.

Getting Expert Advice

Kitchen remodels can be messy, expensive, and may take much longer than you might expect. Working with an experienced, reliable contractor will ensure you have access to the knowledge you need to make the important decisions about remodeling your kitchen. At JSB Home Solutions, the genuine, passionate staff are ready to help you figure out what your kitchen needs, how long the job will take, the best way to allocate your budget, and what you can expect during the process. Contact JSB Home Solutions to talk about your kitchen remodel today!

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