Kitchen Remodeling Estimates

The cost of remodeling a kitchen can vary from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, but it doesn’t have to empty out your bank account. Depending on how much remodeling is involved, usually the costs can be placed in three categories: labor, mechanical, and fixtures. Make sure you budget for expenses you don’t necessarily plan for. These are some tips to assist you in predicting the price of a kitchen remodel.


  1. Write all of this down. Create a plan and generate a list for your kitchen remodel to help you figure out the costs. Make a decision to get new cabinets or paint them if you can. If you supply photos, computer generated kitchen remodeling plans are available at a number of home improvement centers. Pick out which appliances you want replaced and which models you want. Look on the Internet for appliance features and stores that provide discounts. When purchasing two or more appliances at the same store, you may get a significant discount. Appliances, cupboards and fixtures can make up about 30 percent of the total remodeling price.
  2. If you are not going to do the work on your own, engage a reputable kitchen remodeling contractor with experience in the area of kitchen remodeling. Verify proper licensing and insurance of the contractor. Acquire referrals from the contractor and don’t forget to get the timeline in writing. You can factor in around 30 percent of the total renovation for labor alone.
  3. Perform the job on your own. If you have experience in home repairs, you can possibly do some of the jobs yourself and save yourself some cash. If you have advanced home improvement skills, you can install kitchen cabinets and appliances as well as do the painting. Any appliance that uses gas must be installed by a professional. If the need arises, be sure to hire reputable plumbers and electricians to assist in the kitchen remodel. Depending on how old your kitchen is, mechanical remodels can cost up to 30 percent of your budget.
  4. Reserve a minimum of ten percent of your budget for unanticipated expenses. It’s possible that you have termites or dry rot in the wood, which will require it to be replaced. Wiring might not meet code and may be too old. Water pipes might be too old causing them to leak and they may need to be replaced. For these types of repairs and rework, you should set aside some extra funds.

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