What can I do myself to help cut costs to remodel my kitchen?
Do the grunt work. Get rid of the old floors, tear up the linoleum. If you're getting new cabinets anyway, then you are certainly capable of removing the old ones from your walls. Just be careful not to damage the wall or framework.
Be your own kitchen designer. It's a lot of work but could save you 10-20 percent of the overall remodel cost. This applies mainly to homeowners going for the whole kitchen makeover.
Repaint older cabinets. If you like the cabinets enough to refinish or paint them a different color, consider that option before purchasing an all-new set.
Go with cheaper, yet still beautiful materials. Tile creates an amazing effect on counter tops, tables, floors, and walls, and can be installed yourself if you have the time and energy.
Get more storage for minimal cost. Adding a standalone storage unit in a more discreet corner or adjoining ante room is another great way to spruce up the kitchen without killing the pocketbook.
Blend high-end with thrift. Mixing expensive and mid-range appliances and cabinets can give a high-end appeal for a middle of the road price.
Remember that since the kitchen is a top-value room, particularly for prospective buyers, cutting drastic corners should not be done here. Always make sure to use pro's like Calfinder contractors for any of the tough stuff, such as plumbing, electrical, gas lines and cabinetry. Beyond violating building codes through botched DIY jobs, you may find that you've negatively affected your home's value. Choose wisely and know your limitations.
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