Did you know that only 1 in 5 homeowners underestimate their kitchen remodeling budget? Well, kitchen remodeling requires time and money. Both first time and experienced kitchen remodelers face unexpected costs at one point during the project. If only homeowners started the project with the same information and experience they acquire by the end of the remodeling, they would find a way to identify and avoid unplanned expenses. Unfortunately, it is impossible, but you can learn from your past mistakes and from people who have made and learned from their mistakes.
Knowing some common unexpected costs can prepare you to avoid them or reduce the costs.
The essential step that can save you from incurring unplanned costs is coming up with a realistic budget. Consider labor charges, materials, professional fees, furniture, and other expenses. Professional remodeling companies will break down every step and show you what you need throughout the process. However, here are some unexpected costs that are likely to pop up during the process.
Change in Meal Plans
You may not have access to some of your appliances or gas and electricity during a kitchen remodeling. In some cases, the kitchen might be out of bounds. Eating out is expensive and more so if you have a large family.
Consider talking to your contractor to help organize some space in the kitchen to cook from conveniently. If it is not possible, set aside some space in another room like your living room, and use it as a temporary kitchen. Another option is using your balcony or barbeque area for cooking. Also, you can try out meal prepping for one week’s food.
A kitchen remodels is an excellent opportunity to upgrade outdated features in your home. When most homeowners begin the process, they always have things in mind which they anticipate to upgrade. However, as the project proceeds, it is easy to identify a gap in the upgraded features’ functionality and efficiency and the old ones.
It is normal to feel the urge to upgrade everything for uniformity in functionality, design, and efficiency. However, sometimes the need for an upgrade spirals past the kitchen. If you proceed with the upgrade, you will have to spend extra money.
When drafting the budget, decide the higher limits, the essential things you must do during the remodeling, and things that can wait.
Prior planning will save you from impulse spending. In some cases, the upgrade is necessary and cannot wait. The kitchen remodeling expert will help you to identify anticipated upgrades and their estimated costs.
Managing your Expectations
Homeowners get impatient or change their minds about specific aspects of the project. Unfortunately, if the change happens after you have signed the contract with the remodeler, you will need to pay extra to actualize the changes. For example, if you want to change the kitchen cabinets’ design and the constructor has already subcontracted the work, you have to pay more to accommodate the changes. Besides, you will pay for the initial cabinets then the new ones.
Do your research before signing the contract and decide what you need. Enquire about the timelines so that you can prepare psychologically. If you have concerns about the project’s pace or any other aspect, talk to the constructor about it.
There is always a chance for accidents during such projects, such as damage to appliance or injury by one of the constructors.
When protecting appliances from the debris, consider moving them to another room until the remodeling is over. Apart from dust, construction materials or the remodelers can hit and damage the appliances by mistake.
According to the law, contractors should observe the current housing code; otherwise, they risk losing their contracting license.
Codes ensure you are safe. However, they keep changing. Since you cannot ignore updating the code, or compromise your safety, consider the cost of updating your home’s code.
Find out the year your home was constructed, the recent activities in your neighborhood like natural disasters that could have led to new codes, and any required upgrade such as energy efficiency updates.
Involve your contractor in your research and discuss how to deal with the home code issues.
Does your kitchen remodel project involve tearing down walls, cupboards, or floors? Well, the changes reveal structural damages that you need to work on immediately. Adding a new wall or tearing an old one down leads to structural adjustments. Bringing down a wall may reveal molds, pests, or broken water lines.
For example, if you are tearing down a cupboard, you will need to replace the floor beneath the cabinet if it is damaged. Unfortunately, if you do not have spare floorboards or tiles similar to the original floor, and you cannot find them in the shops, you will have to change the entire kitchen floor for uniformity.
Do you want to maintain the appliances and sinks in their original location? Have you budgeted for an electrician and plumber to make the changes? Do not underestimate the cost. If you want to add more appliances in places without power outlets, you will need to rewire the kitchen. Wiring or rewiring is costly, so it can dent your remodeling budget.
Have a 10-15% extra to cater for the expenses in your budget.
Homeowners assume the power bills that will accrue during the kitchen remodeling project. Most, if not all, tools used during the process rely on electricity. Although the bill may not be as much, it can be inconveniencing if you have other unexpected expenses.
So, have a budget for electricity bills in the kitchen remodel budget.
The presence of many and unfamiliar people in your home scare pets. Also, the noises tick them off. Besides, your pets can be injured if they step on the rumbles or something falls on them.
Initially, you may not have considered the risk that your pet is facing when you leave them in your home during remodeling. It’s possible that you did not expect your pet to act differently when the remodeling team arrives. Unfortunately, you cannot watch your pet suffering, so you need a fast solution. Look for friends or family member’s place to take the pets for some time. However, if that does not work, you will need to board them in a shelter, which means unexpected expenses.
To avoid the last minute and unplanned expense, inform the remodeling team that you have a pet. Find out the duration of the project. Look for a place to board your pet until the project is completed. Early planning will give you time to consider your options and select the best one for your pet and according to your budget.
Although remodeling your kitchen is exciting, it can also be stressful. Prior planning and anticipating expenses can relieve stress. Working with professional kitchen remodelers and maintaining realistic expectations and budget can help you deal with unexpected costs as they can hinder the completion of your project