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The Cost of a Kitchen Remodel

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One of the most popular home remodeling projects is remodeling a kitchen, but what's the cost of a kitchen remodel? That depends on quite a few factors, including the size of your kitchen, how it's laid out, and what kind of upgrades you choose. An average 200-square-foot kitchen can cost anywhere from $17,000 to just under $20,000, but if you have a larger kitchen or add features like islands, top appliances, and other amenities, the cost can jump to between $50,000 and $115,000.

Plan Your Kitchen Remodel to Cut Costs

Before you hire a contractor or a kitchen designer, you should have an idea of what you want your new kitchen to look like. It's a good idea to look at magazines and websites to find pictures of your dream kitchen, so you can go over them when you find your contractor to find out what's feasible for your kitchen. Once you have an idea of what you want, it's time to look for a contractor and/or a kitchen designer. Make sure your contractor is licensed in your state, has good references, and has lots of experience working with kitchen remodels. Check with your local Better Business Bureau for any complaints, and ask how much experience they have. Look at other kitchen remodels they've completed, too. If you're unsure, visit the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) website and look for a member contractor in your area.

Keep the Kitchen Remodel Simple

The more you move things, add or remove walls, and add details, the more your cost of a kitchen remodel can skyrocket. For example, if you move the sink, stove, or other major appliances, you'll probably have to add plumbing and electrical outlets, which can be expensive. Refacing cabinets is far cheaper than replacing cabinets, and another idea is to remove the center panel of your cabinets, add glass, and make your kitchen look totally different without the expense of replacing the cabinets. Instead of expensive granite countertops, think about other alternatives, like concrete, tile, or "faux" granite that uses granite facing instead of an entire sheet of granite.

Invest in good quality cabinets and appliances that will last for years, since the cost of a kitchen remodel is an investment in your home and it's value. Most experts agree that you'll gain about 80 percent of your remodel dollars in increasing your home's value, so look at your remodel project as an investment in your own, along with an update of your kitchen.

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