10 Cost and Stress Saving Tips for a Budget Kitchen Renovation


Renovating your kitchen can bring your home into the modern era while creating a space for memorable meals and moments. However, if you aren’t careful, a renovation can go over budget and cost thousands more than expected. Follow our 10 tips below to help cut costs and keep your renovation project within your budget!

1. Develop a solid plan

This tip may seem like an unnecessary expense, but having a solid plan from the start will save you headaches and surprise costs in the project. A designer will have the experience necessary to create a kitchen that is functional and cost-effective.

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2. Leave plumbing and gas lines alone

Each time you move a sink, a dishwasher, or a gas stove, the price of your renovation just went up a few thousand dollars. Unless it’s necessary, keep your large appliances in place and build around them.

3. Be flexible

If you’re going for a particular look, see if there are ways to achieve the same aesthetic with more affordable materials. Be ready to change certain aspects throughout the planning process, and you’ll be able to cut corners on cost throughout the project.

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4. Paint your cabinets

Cabinets are one of the most expensive pieces of a kitchen renovation. Sometimes a fresh coat of bright white paint and new hardware are all you need to modernize their appearance.

5. Add lighting

Lighting is a simple addition to your kitchen that can make a huge impact. More light will make your kitchen feel more open while giving a more modern feel to the room. Check out fresh light options such as under-cabinet lighting and pendant lights.

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6. Salvage what you can

Leave the sledgehammer alone if you can help it. If you carefully remove cabinets, counters, and appliances instead of bashing them, you could end up reselling them to help pay back some of the renovation costs.

7. Don’t overlook used appliances

Used appliances may seem tacky, but there are tons of great deals out there on fridges, stoves, and dishwashers that have minimal wear. Don’t overlook buying used and you could end up saving thousands on your renovation.

8. Do the heavy lifting

You can save a lot by choosing to forgo delivery from contractors and picking up your materials and appliances yourself. Yes, it’s more hard work, but the sweat will pay off in the end.

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9. Shop local

Your first instinct may be to buy exclusively from big-box stores, but you’re bound to get a better product at a better price when buying local. With local builders, you’ll have more room to negotiate and the product will be of higher quality.

10. Shop online

Little things like cabinet hardware, fixtures, and plumbing can be found at a better price online. A few dollars here and there will amount to huge savings at the end of your renovation.

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For more information about kitchen renovations, visit our dedicated kitchen page.

Let’s renovate together!

If you’re ready to start planning your renovation, give us a call at 1-888-670-9742 to speak with one of our expert renovation advisors, or you can submit your project online. Your advisor will speak with you to understand the exact requirements for your renovation and refer up to three 360° Verified contractors from our network to provide competing quotes. All for free and with no obligation. We can’t wait to help you bring your vision to life!

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