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How Much Does a New Kitchen Cost?
If you have decided that it is time to get a new kitchen, you will be spoiled for choice with all the available options. There are so many different designs that look great, and they all suit different shapes and sizes of kitchen, not to mention budgets. How much a new kitchen costs will depend on a variety of factors. Here is a guide to help you decide how much money you are likely to spend.
Size of Kitchen
First, the overall size of your kitchen has a dramatic influence on how much you can expect to spend. If you have a large kitchen, it is going to cost more to replace than a small one. There is the cost of ripping out the kitchen, which will involve more labor the bigger it is. There is also the replacement cost to consider. The larger your kitchen is, the more storage space you may want to put in it, and the higher the labor charge will be to finish everything.
The good news is that kitchens can usually be designed to fit your budget, from as little as about $5,000. It really depends on what type of kitchen you want and whether you will be buying new appliances or keeping your old ones. If you want to go all out, you could be looking at a vast sum of money, but if you have a big budget, the sky is the limit when it comes to kitchens.
Look at how much money you can reasonably afford to spend and how you will pay for it. You may be able to vary your budget slightly as you go along, but having a figure in mind before you start shopping is a prudent idea.
What Do You Want?
Write a list of what you really want in your kitchen and what you would like to have. That way, if you find that your dream kitchen comes in under budget, you can add to it. However, if you do not have the money to spend, you may need to take away some of the things that are not absolutely essential to you. Don’t be afraid to shop around as some kitchen providers can be cheaper than others, and there are often deals to be found.
Matching Dreams and Reality
After window shopping, you should be left with two figures: one is your budget and the other one is the price of your dream kitchen. Hopefully, these figures will be similar and you can effortlessly match your dreams with your reality. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work like that, and you might find that your figures are miles apart. Don’t despair; there are ways to match them more evenly.
Reducing The Cost
If you need to reduce the cost, determine exactly how much you need to save. Here are some places where you can save yourself money.
Labor - Labor can be expensive. Try to negotiate with the kitchen fitter, who may reduce their price if they want the work. Another consideration is whether you could do any of the work yourself. Kitchens are relatively easy to fit if you are good at DIY, and this could save you a fortune. Even doing small jobs such as tiling yourself could save you money.
Appliances - Think about whether you need as many new appliances as you have calculated. It may be the case that some of your old appliances work perfectly well, or you may be able to buy slightly cheaper versions to save yourself money.
Shop Around Some More - Kitchens are often similar-looking but can be very different in price. Shop around again and see if there is anything similar available for a cheaper price and if you can live with the price reduction by potentially reducing the quality. Don’t be afraid to negotiate if you need to.
If you are lucky enough to have some money left after getting your dream kitchen, you could always consider an upgrade. Look for better quality in things such as counters and flooring as these will see a lot of wear, and consider upgrading your appliances. You could also treat yourself to some new crockery, such as this Artisan 5-Piece Place Setting, to go with your brand-new kitchen.
Buying a new kitchen is an exciting event, and with some careful planning, it doesn't have to be a headache. Remember, kitchens cost as much as you are willing to spend on them, so don’t be tempted to get into too much debt.