Saving Money, Saving Sanity on Kitchen Remodeling

Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty of Illinois

So maybe when you first moved into the Fox Valley area or Elgin, the house was in the right location, on the right block, surrounded by the right schools, with the right everything except that out-dated, what were they thinking, 1960's pea green appliances, help me fix this eye sore of a kitchen.  Or maybe it just doesn't flow well.  Ok, you're looking to remodel a kitchen and survive with your sanity intact, right?  Here are a few tips to get you pointed in the right direction.

Ask any Realtor and the first thing they'll tell you is that kitchens and baths sell houses!  Kitchen remodels are notorious for hassles, but are the most likely to return your best value dollar for dollar.  The average cost of a kitchen remodel runs just under $20,000 or $19,214, according to ServiceMagic, including minor and partial remodels.  A full scale kitchen remodel can run over $50,000. 

Here are some sanity saving tips to save money on your project:

Get multiple contractors to bid on your project.  Also, ask for a break down of pricing and ask if you get your own supplies if they will put them in for you.

Determine your budget before you visit the stores to make your selections for counters, appliances, cabinetry, etc.

Decide what are needs vs. wants. High end stone tile can run $40 per sq. foot while low end vinyl is
as little as $1.00 per sq. foot.  A compromise might be a mid range ceramic tile priced around $10.00 sq. ft instead.

Tweak your savings where it makes sense.  Basic stock cabinetry may be a deal and save you $10,000 to $20,000 on the total cost of your remodel.  But if you salvage your old cabinets and go for a fresh paint job, you could clean up a whole lot more cash. 

Upon completion on the job, be sure to get your contractor and all subcontractors to sign off on a waiver of lien.  That way no contractor will be able to place a mechanic's lien against your home.

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Jennifer Kinzle
Charles Rutenberg Realty, e-Pro 


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Connie Case
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Realtor, Knoxville Tn.

These are good points, not only will they save you money they will save you sanity!

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