At Accutech, we remodel kitchens and baths for many reasons; either there’s been water or fire damage or you’ve decided to update your existing kitchen or bathroom with a new look. If there was initial damage you may have filed an insurance claim. We can replace it as it was per the insurance claim or many of our customers choose to make some upgrades. We also do many kitchen remodels where customers have decided that they simply want to update or they may want to make it a major construction project moving walls, changing floors, etc. In either case, budgeting will come into play.
What is Your Remodeling Budget?
A kitchen or bath remodel is attainable with just about any budget. But before you actually start crunching numbers and coming up with figures, do your homework so you can be realistic about what you can and can’t afford. Talk with a professional contractor early on to get a clear sense of the full scope of the work that may be involved. Be honest with your contractor as to what your budget is. This puts you in a good position to make informed decisions and choices.
Too many times I’ve had customers bring a long wish list of goodies and say they don’t have a budget in mind yet. Usually they walk through the showroom and inquire about all the extras they want only to find when you add them all up they’re way over their “secret budget”. If I know what your budget is, I can often find ways to get you there. We offer a full range of cabinets that can either offer incredible value or top of the line products offering every buzzer, whistle or bell. The cost of the renovation work will depend on the extent of the work to be done and of course the products you choose. The materials you choose will have the greatest impact on your new kitchen’s price tag. Typically, cabinets account for the largest portion of the total cost, followed by the costs of other major design elements (counter-tops, flooring, appliances, sinks and faucets).
A good budget checklist will help you to develop a realistic cost for the project before you start. You will want to factor in a contingency amount that’s roughly 10-20 percent of your ideal budget. Later, if there’s a feature you forgot or a luxury you’d like to indulge, you won’t feel so bad for going over.
In addition to the hard and soft costs associated with your cabinetry, their are other potential expenses that factor into the overall scope of the project. These expense can quickly increase the overall cost of your remodeling project so plan carefully.
Other Remodeling Expenses:
- Design changes
- Structural considerations
- Fixtures and appliances
- Floor and wall finishes
- Plumbing and electrical problems
- Permit and inspection costs
- Waste disposal
- Meal costs incurred while kitchen is under construction