The kitchen truly acts as the heart of any household and can have a fantastic impact on the overall resale value of the property, and giving the room a serious makeover is a great way to revitalise your home. Finding ways to create a fresh and stylish kitchen without breaking the bank may seem a little complicated, but with some of these simple tips and ideas, you can create the kitchen of your dreams and make a nice profit on the project at resale.
Most of the savings you can make on a kitchen renovation stem from the planning; be sure to carefully consider each change you are making before committing to it. Here are a few things to keep in mind before starting your kitchen renovation:
- Moving your cooker/sink to different positions within the kitchen can be extremely costly; the relocation of plumbing, drainage and gas lines is very expensive, as are the fees of having a trained professional do the job for you in a safe manner.
- Ensure all electrical changes are done in the same period; if you have an electrician changing/fitting sockets then be sure to be prepared with new light fittings you want added are available at the time, having him come back another day will double the cost where it could have been avoided.
- Make a rough sketch of how you want the kitchen to look upon completion, this will help compare colours and get an idea of fixture positioning.
Don’t confuse money saving bargains with cheap imitation electronic appliances. Many online retailers offer substantial savings on seemingly ‘high quality’ electronic goods, but often these low-grade imitation products are poorly made appliances with a deceiving chrome finish. If you can find a sale deal on kitchen appliances which are made by a reputable manufacturer then you have found the item for you!
High quality items can often be bought at a huge discount if the packaging is open of there is a slight scratch on the product itself. Keep an eye out for these bargains during your shopping trips and snap them up quickly, you can rest assured they won’t be around for long!
Kitchen cabinet units can be expensive to say the least, but there are ways to cut down expenditure on these items and still get great results.
- Reface old cabinets and doors by sanding them down to the bare wood and re-staining or painting in your desired colour.
- If you wish to replace old damaged cabinets, install particle board cabinet boxes and solid wooden doors, this will cut the cost of a premade cabinet and allow you to apply whichever colour you like.
- Refraining from installing hardwood cabinets will cut the cost almost in half, consider this when shopping around.
So there we are, some quick and easy tips to help your create a fresh, stylish kitchen without going over your budget. Keep these tips in mind when shopping around and you’ll be sure to cut costs!
This home renovations piece was written by DIY enthusiast Daniel Travis – Brown on behalf of Tapshop321 Kitchen Taps; for more great tips and advice follow Dan on Twitter @DanTravisBrown