How Much Should I Spend to Remodel My Kitchen?

From on October 16, 2009 in Kitchen Remodel

So you’re not made of money! And you can’t spend your life savings on a kitchen remodel. Then you may ask, “What should it cost to redo the room that usually adds the most value to the house and brings in the greatest return on my remodeling buck?” Here are the average costs across the nation, hints on where that money is going and how to cut back.

Kitchen RemodelPhoto Credit: Kitchen Cabinets Design

A cost survey based on national averages reported that a minor 10 x 20 remodel, including island and upgrades, costs nearly $20,000. The mid-range kitchen should run from $50,000 to $60,000 and an upscale remodel is over $100,000. In contrast, and better news for the frugal at heart, is the report from CabinetDiscounters that lists the average between $12,000 and $22,000.

The other costly areas where you can either splurge if you have a big budget or cut back if you’re looking to trim expenses are listed here from most expensive to least (custom cabinets and high-end appliances haggle over first place):

Economy-minded tips from This Old House to save a little:

  • Remodel for efficiency, not to add space
  • Purchase recycled items or spruce up what you have
  • Donate your trash for tax deductions and peace of mind
  • Leave the kitchen sink where it is to save on plumbing costs
  • Hire contractors during their off season (usually the first of the year) to get a deal