Santa Clarita kitchen remodeling in the U.S. as of 2014 had an average cost of a little over $22,000. That kind of money is a bit daunting to many American homeowners, so they started to tackle their remodeling projects themselves. While remodeling you kitchen yourself sounds like a great way to save a lot of money, believe me, it is never a simple undertaking.
You can probably imagine all the obstacles to overcome and the headaches involved. Determination and good intentions are valuable assets, but they aren’t always enough to see a remodel through. Of course there are plenty of ways to save money while eliminating the costs of leaving the remodeling to professionals.
You do have to consider what kind of skills you have when it comes to doing the necessary tasks. Don’t think that just because you can build a fence or lay down some laminated flooring that you have all the skills it takes to redo a kitchen. You’re just kidding yourself. If you decide to hire a contractor, make sure to check their Yelp page to make sure you are getting a good one.
Remodeling the Kitchen Yourself:
The do-it-yourself kitchen project is something that usually gets the homeowners into deep trouble. A kitchen is no place to start cutting corners. Keep in mind that a kitchen involves almost every type of materials with the exception of roofing.
When you remodel a kitchen you have to deal with costs for things like gas pipes, countertops, drywall, paint, flooring, cabinetry, plumbing, appliances, and electrical. Everybody knows that one of the first things people look at when buying a home is the kitchen and how many bedrooms. What you lose when you choose to remodel yourself, is the quality of workmanship that enables you to ask for that extra price. That money can far surpass what you can save by doing it yourself.
Remodeling a kitchen requires extensive knowledge and experience. There are just too many things that factor into it. The average Joe may enjoy doing it, and learning from the experience, but is going to lose out cash-wise over the long run.
Alternatives for Remodeling Your Own Kitchen:
If there is any room in your house that needs a professional touch, it’s your kitchen. Too many things can go wrong and there are too many different areas that require expertise. If you want quality work then you need experienced workers who know how to do it right.
One thing to think about though, is if a person is willing to spend time researching kitchen design and learn what all is involved and interview the appropriate subcontractors, they could serve as their own general contractor and pull off a successful remodel.
Even being your own general contractor is something that shouldn’t be taken too lightly. If you find the right subcontractors you could still come out with a good job. You just need to delegate the work and you can save yourself around 10% to 20% overall on your costs. This could net you around $2,000 to $5,000 for your DIY kitchen remodeling project.
If you are interested in more info on hiring a remodel contractor, check out the Facebook page for Boulder Builders, Inc.
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