One of the steps in the earlier phases of remodeling a kitchen is developing a kitchen remodeling cost estimate. Your kitchen remodeling cost estimate is the basis for setting your remodeling budget. Particularly if you are calculating the cost for a do-it-yourself kitchen remodel, you will want to be sure that your budget includes all of the major costs to remodel your kitchen. Here are some insights to help you develop a kitchen remodeling cost estimate that you can use in creating a budget for your remodeling project.

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Your kitchen remodeling cost estimate will need to be outlined in a way that makes it easy to prioritize each cost item. Most homeowners find it necessary to make some difficult choices in materials and features so they can stay within their planned budget. Many homeowners find that, particularly when considering a kitchen remodeling cost estimate, it is necessary to make some trade-offs to get a kitchen that will meet their needs and priorities.

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You should be price-comparison shopping so you know the costs of the materials, appliances, fixtures and other elements of your kitchen remodel. The unknown areas might be labor costs, cost of some plumbing materials and cost of some construction materials. RemodelOrMove.com: 101 Ways to Save Money When by by Dan Fritschen

You will probably find it easier to develop a working budget if your kitchen remodeling cost estimate is divided into several categories. We recommend the following cost categories in kitchen remodeling:

  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Appliances
  • Flooring
  • Windows
  • Fixtures, faucets and fittings
  • Construction materials
  • Plumbing materials
  • Labor

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In calculating your kitchen remodeling cost estimate, there are some other potential costs you will need to take into consideration. Be sure to assess the need for these costs and add them to your cost estimate:

  • Repairs
  • Foundation work (for an enlargement or addition)
  • Tile work
  • Insurance
  • Ceiling changes
  • Roofing (for an enlargement or addition)
  • Contingencies/surprises

With these elements of the cost of your kitchen remodel, you should be in a good position to put together a kitchen remodeling cost estimate. Then, if this is within your project budget, you are ready to move forward with the project.

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