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Feb 26, 2013
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Staying on Budget When Renovating your Kitchen What good is preparing a budget for renovating your kitchen if you don’t stick to the budget? Renovations usually have complications, or problems that need more cash. You can’t avoid every challenge, but if you pre-plan and investigate, you can help prevent going over your budget. Here are a few things to help:

  • Do it yourself

    If you can do more of the work yourself, you’ll have far less need to spend money. Don’t go overboard and undertake tasks you have no clue how to do. Some tasks will need professionals to do it. If you do basic investigations, research and or maybe some of the small-scale demolition and garbage removal, however, you will be able to save money.

  • Determine what needs replaced

    A lot of people strip out old kitchens and replace with all new materials and appliances, but there might be some items you can keep with minor repairs or paint such as: the sink, shelving, or even the carcasses of the cabinets. You can make the cabinets look like new if you simply buy new doors/or handles. If you’re fortunate and have an old timber kitchen, you might want to strip back the paint and refinish the cabinets instead of than tearing them and replacing them with laminate ones. Timber is an excellent material that lasts a long time.

  • Check for water damage

    Often, when you renovate, you will find water damage behind under-sink floor cabinets in a either the kitchen or bathroom. Look inside the cabinet under your sink and under the counter. Dark stains can point out the problem to you before work gets started. This way you’ll be able to tell if the water damage might extend beyond the kitchen cabinetry and have damaged any walls. This is one sign you might need increase your budget for repairs before you waste money on new cabinets.

  • Identify load-bearing walls

    You’ll need to identify load-bearing walls as an advance tactic. After all, if you’re not certain what holds up what, how can you create an effective plan? You can have an engineer or builder to advise you. Before you decide to cut, you need to slice or pierce any wall and make sure you know what’s behind it. You should go into your attic or basement area and determine if there are water pipes or wiring running into the wall. It is a costly and even dangerous mistake if you cut into a live electrical wire or slam down your sledge hammer into your plumbing.

  • Have part of your budget planned for unavoidable problems

    No matter how hard you try, there will usually be some issues you just can’t anticipate before you begin. You may find unsound plaster behind cabinets. There may be structural damage from earlier renovations done carelessly. Maybe they cut the joists to run a pipe. You’ll always want to plan for unpredictable surprises. To do this, keep aside 15% of your total budget. If you do this at the start, you won’t find yourself scraping for cash at the end of the project.

 
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