42 Ways to Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel
Your kitchen remodel doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a lot of ways to save money on your kitchen remodel. We offer these 42 different ways to save a bit of money on your remodel. Not every tip or suggestion may apply to your kitchen remodel, but those that do can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Every kitchen remodel is a unique experience. There is no one size fits all approach to remodeling your kitchen. To save money on your remodel be aware of your own situation. Research is the most important aspects of any kitchen remodel. Through careful research you will avoid making mistakes, selecting the wrong materials, and doing things that will end up costing more in the end.
Ways to Save
Planning saves money: The best way to save money on your kitchen remodel is to take the time to plan. Planning avoids expensive mistakes, and ensures you get the materials you need when you need them. It can take months to properly plan your kitchen remodel. It takes careful, thoughtful research to create a good plan.
Buy what will be useful: Avoid the temptation to buy the most expensive appliances. While it might seem cool to buy the ultra gourmet ovenator 2000, do you need it? If you only bake muffins occasionally don’t waste money on more of an oven than you need.
Spend more on those items that last longest: When making decisions on where your money is best put to use consider how long something will last before replacement. Put more money into those items that will last the longest.
Go with veneer cabinetry instead of solid wood: Most people can’t tell the difference between a veneer cabinet and solid wood. This means you can take advantage of this and save money by selecting veneers instead. Make sure that you don’t try to take this too far though. Stick with plywood veneers and avoid particle board options.
Buy aftermarket drawer inserts: A lot of newer cabinets come with upgrade options for custom built drawers. These drawers are designed to hold knives, or spices. You can accomplish the same goal by purchasing aftermarket options. This can save hundreds of dollars on your cabinets.
Pick your products before renovation: Before talking to a single contractor select your products. When you go into conversations knowing exactly what you want, you avoid having a contractor talk you into more expensive options. Have a firm decision on what you want, and only change if it makes sense for you, not for your contractors.
Repaint cabinetry white to make it look current: If you are planning on keeping your cabinetry, often white paint can make a difference. Strip down your cabinetry, put a coat of primer on and you can often keep your current cabinetry.
Keep the structure, replace the doors: With the above in thought, you can also save money by just keeping the structure. The actual “boxes” of your cabinets aren’t what most people see, they see the doors. So, that in mind, worry more about the doors.
Use your own remnants for accent pieces: The leftover pieces of your projects can often be used to make accent pieces for your kitchen. Left over granite or marble can become unique cutting boards. Boards can be repurposed and used as additional moulding pieces.
Find floor models or scratch and dents: Deals are sometimes found on the floors of your local appliance store. Floor models or the scratch and dented returned models are normally still good enough for a normal kitchen. Save some money and offer to purchase a floor model and see if they sell their scratched or dented models.
Keep the floors if possible: If you have hardwood flooring, even though it’s not the best option, keep it. You can sand and re-stain hardwood flooring. Often many home buyers even prefer this to new hardwood. The small pits and marks give a floor character that a lot of people find attractive.
Take advantage of wall lines to stop backsplashes: Where walls meet are natural stopping points for backsplashes or other features. This allows you to use less of your backsplash materials since you don’t need it for every wall. Take advantage of these visual ending points to reduce the amount of material you need.
Make better use of your space: A major cost for a kitchen remodel is often encountered when you start trying to make structural changes. Moving walls is a costly endeavor. You have the actual cost of the construction, architect fees, and permitting costs. instead of moving walls to get more room, maximize the space you have. Invest in more storage or consider removing that island.
Consider a light tube instead of windows or skylights: Adding in a window or a skylight is another expensive structural change. You can avoid this cost by putting in a light tube. A light tube brings the natural light into your kitchen without cutting through exterior walls, or moving rafters.
Reuse and recycle: Save money by reusing items from other projects. It’s easy to find recycled material. Homes for Humanity operates a chain called ReStore that sells gently used items from the homes they remodel. You can save a lot by checking this option out as you look for materials. Also, consider if you can repurpose things from your own home. If you are looking for an island, a kitchen table might be able to be repurposed.
Save money on disposal by recycling: Another way to save a bit is to recycle. Donating your materials to a place like Habitats for Humanity usually means you don’t have to pay disposal fees. While this is not thousands of dollars it can mean the difference between a $100 dollar faucet and $200 faucet.
Do demo and prep work: Every hour of work you do yourself, you save in your budget. If you pay general contracting workers to do demo and prep, that’s money you can save if you do it yourself. Demo and prep work are not skilled tasks, almost everyone can manage these simple tasks. So save some money and do that work yourself.
Consider the cost over lifespan: Sometimes it seems like it is more expensive to get quality materials or appliances. What you have to keep in mind is how much something costs over the entire lifespan. Items that need periodic upkeep should have these costs included in your calculations.
Remants: If you are able, check for remnants. These are the left over materials from other remodels. These are not recycled materials or reused. These are the unused portions of larger lots. These can be found through contractors or sometimes big box chain stores.
Use regular instead of recessed lighting: Recessed lighting is more expensive. If you can, go with standard lighting instead and save yourself money. Each recessed light can run over $100 a piece.
Use a kitchen designer: It might seem strange to give advice to spend more money in a money saving article. A kitchen designer can save you money though. By knowing what will work, and what won’t work this skilled professional can keep you from making mistakes.
Do all the work you can: Just like doing the demo and prep yourself, every task you can do is one you don’t have to pay someone else to do. Be honest with yourself and your handyperson abilities. It can often cost more to fix something that you shouldn’t have tried to do. That being said, if you can do something, it is cheaper to do it yourself.
Save on transport costs: An easy way to save some money is to transport things yourself. Even with the cost of renting a truck you may be able to save some money overall. Picking up materials and appliances, and driving waste away, can be time consuming. Often stores will load it into your truck for you, so don’t worry if you aren’t up to much lifting.
Use a wall prep covering like texturglas: Getting your walls smooth enough for a new coat of paint or new wallpaper can sometimes be difficult. It can sometimes take hours of sanding and refinishing, fixing tiny dents and scrapes to get a wall ready.
Select mimic material: Sometimes you like the look of a material, but it is too expensive or not right for the situation. In these situations explore materials that mimic their more expensive counterparts. Ceramic and Porcelain can often be made to look like other materials. For flooring, laminates and linoleum can give you the look of an option without the cost.
Do your renovation at the right time of the year: To save some money, take advantage of end of the model year savings. If you can’t wait until then, try holiday sales as well. Most of the holidays that don’t have celebrations have become sales holidays, something to take advantage of.
Keep plumbing where it is: One of the more expensive things you can do in your kitchen is move the plumbing. If you are trying to save money, you need to leave your plumbing where it is. This means leaving your sink where it is, and working around this fact.
Use stock sizes or multiples of them: When planning your spaces, try to take advantage of the stock sizes for the materials you choose. By sticking to this rule, you won’t be left with half boxes of materials.
Go to auctions: Another place to find discount materials or appliances can be at auctions. This may take a bit of research to find a local auction, but it can often pay off in the end. A great way to find them is often to ask your contractors, who are more hooked into these events.
Be sure what you want before you contract: Make your choices before you go to a contractor. Decide what you want in your kitchen before approaching a contractor. Bring pictures, drawings, and other examples to give them a clear understanding of what your choices are. This focuses your conversations and gets you a much better quote.
Check references to avoid contractor problems: Before hiring a contractor always check references. It is sad but true, but you often get what you pay for. A contractor coming in with a really low bid is often too good to be true. Ask for references, and then check them.
Use ready to go cabinetry: When you can, going with ready to go type cabinetry can lower your cost. More importantly depending on your original choices they can be half the cost of custom constructed solid wood cabinetry. This isn’t always the most luxurious option but when you are going for savings it is a good choice.
Consider open shelving: To cut down on costs you can also select open shelving. By selecting this option, you save on the costs of the doors for your cabinetry. Open shelving also has an added benefit of making your kitchen seem larger.
Use two materials to cut down on countertop costs: If you like the look of marble, but don’t have the budget to put it all through your kitchen try using different materials. With some design choices, it’s possible to put your expensive options in only parts of your kitchen. Your countertops can be marble, while your island can be a wood that complements this choice.
Cutouts are cheaper than removing the whole wall: Sometimes removing an entire wall is an expensive option. Moving a structural wall can cost thousands of dollars. To open up the area without this cost go with a cut out. A cut out will open the room by creating sight lines into adjacent rooms.
Go for track lighting: Track lighting, while not the most luxurious, can be an economical option. Track lighting can give you more direct lighting where you need it. This is a reasonable choice that lays between the cost of recessed lighting, and the cost of pendant lighting.
Discounts for appliance sets: See if you get discounts for getting all of your appliances at the same company/site. Also see if you get a discount for getting all of your appliances from the same manufacturer.
Take advantage of installation with purchase options: Most places offer installation services for appliances that you buy. Compare the cost of their installation with your contractors. Often the store installation is a better deal.
Try to buy materials directly to get additional savings: Try to find wholesale and distributor sales online or in your local area. Sometimes you can get a bit of a discount by going directly from the manufacturer. This works best for natural stone, and some flooring options, especially hardwood flooring.
Plan a makeshift kitchen to save costs of eating out: One of the hidden costs of a kitchen remodel is the cost of eating out. Once your kitchen has been demolished you obviously are not going to be cooking there. Depending on the length of your remodel, eating out can be a large expense. Save yourself some and make a kitchenette somewhere. A hot plate and microwave and your kitchen table in the basement can save you hundreds, sometimes a thousand dollars.
Use a sheet material for backsplash: While tile backsplashes are always something desired, sometimes it is not in the budget. When your budget doesn’t stretch to a tile backsplash consider a laminate or linoleum. Both of these come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
Splurge on the sink not the faucet: When deciding where your money belongs, you will save money by splurging on the sink instead of your faucet. The reason for this is that faucets are easier to replace than your sink is. By spending more money initially on the sink you save over the long term with the replacement costs.