5 hidden savings for your kitchen remodel
by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
You've done all you can do to cut corners. You chose cabinet refacing instead of complete cabinet replacement. You shopped at cabinet door outlets until you found the best deals. You made plans for installation and bought all the new hardware at an impressive discount.
But don't stop yet -- you can find other ways to save on your kitchen cabinet redo.
Save even more money during your kitchen remodel
Though you might think you have saved all you can on your new kitchen cabinets, there are a few things you might not have considered. Think about these options before you dive into the remodel:
- Do the finish work yourself. If your new cabinet doors are unfinished, do the finishing work yourself rather than hiring someone to do it. It might take a few weekends of your time, but you can save money and have the satisfaction of knowing you did an important part of the remodel on your own.
- Plan for meals while the remodel is taking place. One of the most unexpected costs of a kitchen remodel is eating out -- it is very easy to underestimate just how much those meals out can cost after a few days. To help alleviate the costs, set up a microwave, hot plate and small table in an area away from the kitchen. Invest in quick, ready-to-eat meals that simply need to be heated.
- Don't send the doors to the landfill. Rather than send the doors to the landfill or let the contractor haul them away, find other ways to use them. Consider painting them with clever sayings and using them as wall-hangings, or cut out the centers and re-purpose the cabinets as mirrors. If you don't want to use them again, consider selling them as a set on Craigslist or eBay.
- Use repeat customer discounts. When you make large purchases from home improvement stores, discount cabinet outlets and the like, you might be eligible for a repeat customer discount. Gift cards, special sales and percentages off your next purchase can help you save money on that new countertop or sink.
- Ask your contractor for tips. After working on hundreds of homes like yours, many contractors have discovered little factors that can add up to big savings. Don't be afraid to ask for their advice.
Saving money on your kitchen remodel can free up cash for other things you want to do, such as that cabinet refacing in the bathroom or the new paint in the living room. Take your time and do plenty of research to ensure that your dollar is stretching as far as it possibly can.