Most property owners are happy to find that completing a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project is possible without going into debt or overspending. If you are planning such renovations, the following tips will help ensure that you enjoy satisfactory results:
Create an Itemized Budget. Begin your project by determining the exact amount you can comfortably spend on each room you plan to remodel. However, make sure you allow a little “wiggle room” for unexpected expenses.
Use Existing Plumbing. Some homeowners think that remodeling a kitchen or bathroom means that the room’s plumbing must be replaced as well, but this is not true. Very often, existing plumbing does not need to be touched, and refraining from replacing pipes that still function properly is a great way to save money.
Large Fixtures. Shopping around when purchasing major fixtures, which are also the most noticeable, is a great way to avoid overspending.
Accessories and Small Fixtures. To ensure you stay within your budget, replace only small fixtures and accessories that are noticeably worn or no longer properly function. Other people can rarely tell which fixtures are refurbished and which are brand-new.
Paint. Painting is a great way to save money on a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project. It is a more cost-effective way to breathe life into a drab room than purchasing expensive panels or tiles.
Lighting and Mirrors. Because lighting and mirrors are both functional and decorative, they are an important part of renovating a bathroom or kitchen. Fortunately, these are also items that can be purchased used and if in good condition, will offer virtually identical benefits to their newer counterparts.
Flooring. When installing bathroom or kitchen floors, consider linoleum or cork. Such materials are much cheaper than ceramic or wood tiles and in most cases, just as attractive. However, this option will depend on the condition of the floor’s underlying foundation, so check with your contractor to find out if this option is wise. Renovating a kitchen or bathroom is a great way to add both beauty and value to your dwelling and following the helpful tips mentioned above will almost certainly help make your remodel project a success.