Budget, budget, budget… and stick with it

Setting a budget for your kitchen remodel and staying within it sounds so obvious and simple, but it’s harder than you think. The key to not blowing your kitchen remodelling budget is careful planning. Here are some essential tips on how to stay within your budget:

  • Make a wish list and a priority list by doing your homework. Gathering ideas and information on what’s in the market. What’s most important to you?
  • Make a list of alternates for the wish list. This can be seen as either your plan-B or if the budget allows for a little extra.
  • Look at your finances and calculate how much you can afford to spend.
  • Listen to the advice from the professionals – kitchen designer & building contractor.
  • Select all your finishes (cabinetry, wall, floor, etc.) with your kitchen designer prior to start / manufacturing process and don’t make changes. By sticking to the plan, you will save time and money. And avoid extras; don’t be tempted to deviate from your budget mid-project.
  • When you’ve received all the quotations form the builder and kitchen contractor – know how the costs will break down.
  • Make sure you understand what’s included in all the documents / quotations from your kitchen and building contract. Make sure all labor, installations, and products are included in your contract.
  • Always be prepared for unexpected cost. There are all sorts of budget-busting surprises lurking behind the walls or under the floor.
  • Don’t listen to television shows about prices and timelines – don’t assume – ask your contractors, since they are the ones that will be doing the job. Keep in mind that external factors can also delay projects such as loadshedding.
  • Decide whether you’re going to stay in your home while renovations are taking place. And factor in the costs of eating-out / take-ways if you don’t have alternative methods of preparing food.
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