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Renovating a Kitchen For Under $4,000

Aug 3, 2008
In order to renovate a kitchen with less than four thousand dollars, you must plan ahead, cut out over spending on frivolous items, and stick to a budget. Most kitchen projects run over budget because of poor planning or under estimations. Knowing what you need and where to get the supplies will help you stay within your budget and still have a modern kitchen.

Proper renovation begins with good planning. How long is the tear out going to take, where am I going to dump the old materials, and do I need help getting the old stuff out are all good questions to ask yourself. Tearing out a kitchen usually does not take as long as you would think. Especially if you have extra help; one or even two people will cut your work time in half. Things like old appliances, large cabinets, or sink bases can take two or three people to remove. If your going at it alone, be prepared to add an extra hour to each time estimation. How you will dispose of these items might be a concern in your city or neighborhood. Some local municipalities will take large items and others will make you haul them away yourself. There are plenty of junk haulers in every community and a lot of these people now take old items for free, because of their recycling value. Note: the junk haulers like 1-800 got junk do not want you to know that most of these junk items that you are paying them to take, can actually be taken for free by other enterprising junk collectors.

Next is planning a list of items you need and where you will get these items. Things to keep in mind: flooring, paint, wall tiles for backsplash, kitchen cabinets, appliances, possibly windows, counter tops, lumber for construction (if necessary), moldings, lighting, fixtures, and possibly some other items. Some of these items you will have to buy locally and I highly suggest buying from a local store for these items, avoid big box retailers. You may save some money upfront but you are sacrificing better customer service and local people who need your business much more than a big box retailer. Other items you can buy online. Things like lighting, fixtures, and kitchen cabinets can be purchased online. Yes, even kitchen cabinets can be bought through the internet; this is done with RTA kitchen cabinets. (RTA stands for ready to assemble kitchen cabinets).

Sticking to a budget is easier when you look online for your kitchen supplies. If you cannot buy online, make sure you look in multiple locations and compare prices among multiple stores. Armed with this knowledge will not only save you money, but it can save time, but it can also give you a variety of choices that can produce better quality products.

Keeping these things in mind will help your project with budget and should provide a better variety of materials. Keep in mind that buying local will help your neighborhood economy and you will be doing your part to help the small business owner. Also plan ahead, look online, and remember to schedule your friends to help with you kitchen project.
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