New kitchen installations can’t be cheap. By the time you’ve bought the kitchen and equipment, installed it, and finally decorated it, even a “budget” kitchen will cost the better part of $3,000.
That’s why we put together this list of “money-saving tips.” Of course, every situation is different, but even if one of the tips helps you not to overpay or even makes you rethink your expenses, we will assume that it was worth it.
So, please, meet the top 10 tips on how to save on kitchen installation:
#1. Have a plan
Fully plan your work before you start:
- What will go where? – down to sockets, shelves, and kitchen gadgets
- Estimate your budget
- What “additions” do you want the installers to perform? – install knife racks and pan holders, add shelves to cabinets
Never leave decisions to be made while you work. On-the-go solutions are a major cause of budget overruns in any renovation job. The more time you spend on planning, the less money you spend on unnecessary reinstallations.
#2. Ask a professional about your project
This tip also refers to the importance of planning. If you are not a professional installer, you should seek expert advice from specialists. Home contractors and designers specialize in home renovations. By asking them about your project, you’ll get help and won’t pay for features you don’t need.
The best way to succeed on a project is to work with the right contractor who understands and can give you what you need.
In addition to their experience, most contractors offer free consultations. If you feel you cannot afford their services, you can ask for a free consultation to better understand where you should install your countertops, cabinets, and so on. They can give you advice on what to do, what not to do, and whether they can help you with your installation project. After getting their advice, you should find the right solution for your home.
#3. Compare different contractors
One of the most important steps when it comes to kitchen installation is comparing different contractors. This step is considered vital in the process of buying and renovating a property. Many people only consult with one contractor. It is not right! If you want to save and get a quality job, you need to look for more than one contractor and then compare rates. By analyzing different companies, you can get a good idea of the different options available.
#4. Research never hurt anyone
Another tip for you is to request written estimates from various contractors and lenders and then compare those prices and the cost of the project. In addition, you should also look into information and ratings from third-party sources such as repair magazines and consumer reports. It is recommended to look for fully-funded projects before starting work.
Also, be sure to check references and their credentials as you get ratings from various contractors and professionals. Furthermore, make sure the contractors you choose are properly licensed to begin installing your appliances. There are many reputable contractors who belong to experienced trade groups.
With proper research, you can find a suitable company that also offers a warranty. Finally, when you find and select a contractor, be sure to get the contract in writing.
#5. Timely manner
Before starting the kitchen installation, make sure that everything you need (which you provide) is in place. Even if it’s not completely necessary, at least the installer can see it and plan for it. Then there is no excuse to be wrong.
On top of that, before starting the job, especially if it is a large one, discuss the terms of the agreement with the contractor before starting it. You should discuss things such as the materials (fasteners, etc.) used in the project, labor costs, and other important factors that may affect your ROI in the future. This way, both parties will have an idea of what to expect from each other before starting a project.
#6. Focus on return on investment
What about the aforementioned ROI, whatever project you take on, make sure it makes you happy. If you are planning to sell your home soon, make sure you focus on renovation projects that will give you the best return on your money. Many installation options cost thousands of dollars. However, these projects do not necessarily add value to your home.
For example, installing your kitchen costs somewhere around $4,000 – $6,000, but most homeowners generally only recoup about 60% of the cost when it comes to home value upgrades. On the other hand, a small kitchen installation returns about 80% of the total cost. Thus, such a project makes more sense.
To make the best decision, be sure to call local real estate agents as well as contractors and ask them about the potential profit you can make from renovating your home.
#7. Vinyl floor
These days tiling kitchen floors has become almost de rigueur. However, compared to vinyl flooring, ceramic tiles have many disadvantages:
- Expensive to buy and install
- Difficult and expensive repairs
- Cold, hard, and uncomfortable underfoot
- They prevent easy access to pipes and electrical wiring under the floor
Hence, we recommend vinyl. In doing so your kitchen installation and its further use won’t cost you a fortune.
#8. Built under > integrated
Integrated devices are more expensive in the first place and more expensive to install. Moreover, they cost more to repair or replace if they break down than stand-alone appliances or built under ones.
#9. Be very realistic
While it’s good not to overpay for an installation at the same time, we also recommend that you don’t settle for a less expensive option. There is a fine line between “cheap” and “affordable”. You need to look for affordable options to renovate your home, not cheap ones!
So, make the smartest decision and keep in mind that the price of your home also depends on its value. So focus on that and make the smartest move. It is very important to understand the trade-off between quality and price when remodeling your home.
#10. Inspect the work once it is over
Once your project is completed and inspected by a licensed inspector or engineer, there are some things you should check carefully before signing off on the work:
- Materials: The materials used in your installation project must be of high quality and durable as they are responsible for making your home safer and more presentable. If there are any issues with materials such as fasteners or nails that will affect their durability or overall quality, notify the contractor immediately.
- Labor costs: Make sure that all labor costs are included in the contract before starting the project because after the project is completed you should not be charged for additional services. You can have a licensed inspector or engineer check labor costs if you want to make sure they are fair and reasonable.
- Warranties/guarantees: Some contractors may offer you extended warranties if you ask for them. The longer the warranty, the better.
Over to you
When budgeting, planning, and installing a new kitchen, do it for yourself; for your enjoyment. Forget about the impact this will have on the sale of your home. Whatever you do won’t be to everyone’s taste, so it’s unlikely to increase the value of your home when you come to sell.
We advise people not to spend money on a kitchen replacement if they plan to sell it shortly. Of course, do your best to keep the kitchen looking neat and modern, but always remember that you are unlikely to get back what you spent.