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Update: Costs for home remodels can quickly spiral out of control, and this is especially true when remodeling a kitchen. The array of materials, appliances, cabinets and cupboards to choose from can be overwhelming – as can their cost! But there are a few easy cost cutting tips you can follow to make your kitchen remodel more affordable and bring you one step closer to the kitchen of your dreams.

Given the bewildering range of flooring and countertop materials, gadgets and accessories available for use in kitchens, it is not difficult for a kitchen remodel cost to escalate quickly. Therefore, it is important to plan your kitchen remodel carefully to get the results you want at the price you want to pay.

Here is a list

  • Refurbishing existing cabinets and using inexpensive countertop and flooring material is a good way to save on costs.
  • Laminate countertops and vinyl flooring are inexpensive alternatives to granite and tile.
  • Engineered wood flooring is a cost-effective alternative to hardwood flooring. It is prefinished, easy to install, and it mimics the look of hardwood.
  • It is also possible to use engineered flooring that resembles tile but is less expensive and easier to maintain.
  • You can also consider replacing only the faucet instead of the entire sink. Using prefinished decorative trim can lead to saving additional labor cost as these do not need to be painted or stained.
  • It is possible to purchase used appliances such as refrigerators and stoves that are in good working condition. These can contribute to cost savings.
  • Chrome finished plumbing fixtures are a less expensive alternative when compared to designer faucets and are available in a wide range of design and style options. They can be combined with other finishes such as nickel and brass for more variety at a comparatively low cost.
  • When selecting kitchen fixtures, it is best to use those that are available with a lifetime warranty. This helps to save money when getting these fixtures repaired.

Other alternatives for saving money while remodeling a kitchen include visiting salvage yards for a good deal on used or discontinued cabinets, fixtures or appliances. You can also do some of the work yourself, including demolition and site preparation, painting, installing appliances, etc. You are only limited by your interest and time.

On average, the cost of appliances, cabinets, countertops, etc. can account for as much as three-fourths of the total cost of a kitchen remodel. By having an intelligent budget set before you start, it is possible to keep these costs down by shopping around and inquiring about options that are not only cost effective but also give your kitchen the look that you want.
RemodelOrMove.com: 101 Ways to Save Money When by by Dan Fritschen