Kitchen remodeling is one of those things that many homeowners put off because of its costs. Yet the Kitchen is a gathering spot in many homes and improving it can improve the entire feel of your home. The national average cost to remodel a kitchen in the United States is $22,124, but prices can start from $12,552 and go up to $33,411.
Fortunately, you can remodel your kitchen for much less than that by utilizing these remodeling tips.
1. Add a Backsplash
Installing a new backsplash can freshen up your entire kitchen without costing too much. Hardware stores such as Office Depot offer classes in tiling, so you can learn how to install your kitchen backsplash and save on labor. The key with DIY projects is to keep the design simple. Don’t try to add a fancy Chevron pattern. Instead, stick to simple, square tiles or sheets with the design already inlaid.
2. Shop Around for Appliances
While new appliances often start the design process for many people, take the time to shop around. Do you need that refrigerator that interacts with your smartphone or can you get by with a more basic model that costs $1500 less? Even though you will likely invest a good chunk of money into new appliances, you can also save a couple thousand by skipping the upscale models or choosing a different brand.
3. Refresh Cabinets
Replacing your kitchen cabinets is an expensive endeavor. Before you invest in new ones, take the time to figure out if you truly need them. Unless yours are rotting apart, you likely don’t. Start with a good cleaning and polish. If that didn’t bring them back to life, then you can always paint them, which will cost much less than replacing them. Swapping out Cabinet hardware also makes a difference in the overall look of your kitchen.
4. Paint the Walls
A survey of the top real estate agents in the nation showed that 62 percent cite a freshly painted interior as being an essential upgrade to make before listing a home on the market. Stick with neutral colors if you’re planning to sell your home anytime soon. A fresh coat of paint brightens everything up and enhances the natural beauty of your home.
5. New Countertops
Even if you’re keeping your current cabinets, you likely will want to replace your countertops. Although granite is a popular choice, it can also be a costly one. Don’t be afraid to look at alternative materials, such as wood butcher blocks, concrete or artificial lookalikes. If your heart is set on marble or granite, shop around.
One inexpensive way to update your kitchen is to replace dated lighting. An old chandelier can date a room more quickly than almost any other element. However, lighting is relatively inexpensive to replace, depending on which fixtures you choose. Keep in mind that the standard designs will stay current longer. Go for traditional pendants and hanging light fixtures that won’t look ancient in a few years.
Improve Your Kitchen on a Budget
Take the time to hunt for the best prices. Different suppliers offer different pricing models, so find out which one offers the best rates for your area while also checking that they have a positive reputation. You won’t save much money if you have to hire someone to fix the mistakes another contractor made. With a little creativity and compromise, you can have the kitchen of your dreams for a small fraction of what you thought it would cost.
Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington