Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important rooms in any home. Not only are they used several times a day, they also are rooms that buyers focus on in homes that are for sale. Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can improve its value — both to you and to a potential buyer. But remodeling projects can be expensive, which is why it’s important to focus on ways to keep your costs down. Here are a few ideas.
Do some of your own work
After materials, the next biggest cost of any remodeling project is the labor, so any of it you can do yourself will save you money. Though you don’t want to specialty work such as electrical or plumbing work, there are many things you can do that won’t affect the quality of the work. For example, you can do your own teardown and demolition, or you can do your own cleanup and painting. Doing any of these tasks can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on how large your kitchen or bath remodeling project is.
Keep it simple
The more complicated your remodeling project is, the more expensive it is likely to be. If you are completely rearranging your kitchen or bathroom, it could require moving utility lines and plumbing, which will add more costs onto your project. Avoid such things unless they are absolutely necessary. You also want to avoid customization. The more you deviate from standard materials and work, the more the project is likely to cost. Excessive customization actually can lower the value of your kitchen and bath because it may not appeal to potential buyers.
Reuse what you can
Many people who remodel their kitchen or bathroom think they have to tear out everything and start from scratch. But that isn’t always necessary, and reusing some items can save you a lot of money. For example, refacing or refinishing your kitchen cabinets is a lot cheaper than having brand new ones installed. If you have quality tile or wood flooring that will fit in with the remodel you plan, then reusing it will save you valuable money and time. You can even keep appliances and fixtures if they are in good shape and will match your new decor. Anything you can reuse means money that you can either save or use on another part of the project.
These are just a few of the ways you can save money on your kitchen and bath remodel. Any of these suggestions you can implement will mean money kept in your pocket.