[GUIDE]: Average Cost of a Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodeling costs are typically perplexing to property owners. Since each development has its unique requirements, qualities, quirks, and solutions, it’s difficult to determine the average cost of a kitchen remodel. You can choose between cheap and premium products when it comes to materials. In addition to all that, various contractors demand different fees for the scope of your project and for comparable services in the United States.

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National Kitchen and Bath Association Market Outlook

In fact, in its most recent Market Outlook value report, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) shows that the entire industry can continue to expect overall spending for kitchen and bath projects to grow well into 2022. At the height of the pandemic, the industry suffered a 5.9% drop in 2020 due to economic uncertainty. There was a meteoric rise of 16.6% in 2021 which more than compensated for 2020’s decline and smaller growth rates in 2018 (9%) and 2019 (1%).

Undeniably, American homeowners consider kitchen and bath areas as the most expensive renovation cost but the most popular choice since it helps increase a home’s value against the national average. The good news, which even surprised me, was the fact that kitchen remodels were considered a good idea and gained significant attraction and status during the COVID19 pandemic, with 70% of American homeowners viewing it as very important, compared to 64% in 2019 or earlier. On the surface, this could have been driven by hot real estate market values as potential buyers, both domestic or foreign, were snapping up homes at a breakneck pace.

There is a shift, however. Market and economic uncertainty from the pandemic likely forced a lot of do-it-yourself projects to save on professional fees (plus COVID19 health risks of having a contract renovator or interior designer in the home!) but the NKBA believes there will be a shift to more professional projects as kitchen rebuilds become more complex and extravagant in their design for comfort living and house flipping market dynamics.

Other NKBA Market Outlook Report Findings

  • American homeowners engaged in recent do-it-yourself project work (DIY) to ensure health and safety (22%), remodel savings (25%) and more time to pursue their own projects (23%)
  • For kitchens, premium upgrades featured improvements in water filtration systems (54%) and smart home modernization (57%) to automate comfort and living
  • American homeowners were primarily motivated to improve look and feel (aesthetics) in the kitchen (15%), durability and quality (new countertops with higher-grade materials), and increase the value of the home as real estate markets heat up.
  • Not surprisingly, kitchen remodels and cost considerations are driven by the homeowner’s age (life stage) and combined household income if there is a married couple. Empty nesters, like mature homeowners who are 45+ and have no children with them, will likely spend far more on premium kitchen upgrades for any solid surface or if the size of the space is limited such as how a galley kitchen would be designed.

The report also indicates that older adults (45+) will find their design inspiration from other homes, whether it is an open house, or model home, or a housing trade event. I am not surprised to find that younger homeowners (single, couples) rely on Google and social media platforms such as Instagram or Pinterest. Both are great but clearly a generational thing.

Eye-Opening 2020 Outlook Report Findings

I did get my hands on a copy of their wonderful 2020 report and found some interesting data points. See the tables below.

Top Reasons Consumers Remodel a Kitchen or Bath

REASONPERCENTAGE
TO INCREASE MY HOME’S VALUE24%
TO PERSONALIZE MY HOME’S DESIGN23%
TO REPLACE WORN-OUT FEATURES18%
TO INCREASE MY PERSONAL HAPPINESS16%
TO REPAIR DAMAGE10%
TO MAKE MY FLOOR PLAN MORE FUNCTIONAL3%
TO INCREASE ENERGY EFFICIENCY3%
TO MAKE MY HOME EASIER TO AGE IN2%
TO PREPARE MY HOME FOR SALE1%
TO INCORPORATE SMART HOME PRODUCTSLESS THAN 1%
TO RESTORE MY HOME TO ITS ORIGINAL DESIGNLESS THAN 1%
Source: National Kitchen and Bath Association, 2020 Market Outlook Report
Mint Green Kitchen Decor and Green kitchen cabinets with island bar

Some Thoughts

It is obvious that many of the homeowners surveyed were likely 45+ mature adults (empty-nesters with no kids) who were making conscious decisions to remodel their kitchen in a way that improves their personal happiness and replaces worn out kitchen items with more durable options. This goes hand in hand with damage repair.

The fact many were not ready to sell their home (at a paltry 1 per cent) appears to validate the age of the survey audience. They want to live in it for another decade, make it more comfortable, but also ensure any expensive remodels last long enough for the home’s eventual sale.

Personalizing home design did not clearly identify what this means. This can be a tricky reason because if you remodel your home in a style that is largely unpopular or doesn’t stand the test of time, it will impact both the home’s value and ease in selling.

Floor plans being made more functional and making changes for easier aging may be two-fold. Empty-nesters who want more open concept living and modern kitchen design that is functional. The other side of this coin would be older seniors, looking for functionality, that complements with their aging and limitations.

While a small percentage, the certain few who want to restore their home to an original design could be affluent collectors or home design lovers who enjoy period themes like mid-century modern and contemporary homes, or older Victorian-style or Farmhouse-style homes for generational reasons.

Top Obstacles Homeowners Face When Remodeling their Kitchen

REASONPERCENTAGE
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIALS OR PRODUCTS26%
OBTAINING THE FUNDS TO START THE PROJECT20%
FINDING THE TIME TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT20%
FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO DO THE PROJECT (LABOR)12%
DEALING WITH UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE PROJECT10%
STAYING WITHIN MY BUDGET8%
LEARNING HOW TO DO THINGS MYSELF (DIY – DO IT YOURSELF)3%
STAYING ON SCHEDULE WITH DEADLINES2%
Source: National Kitchen and Bath Association, 2020 Market Outlook Report
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Farmhouse Kitchen Island Lighting

Average Spending by Project Type

KITCHEN TYPEAVERAGE SPENDING
DO IT YOURSELF (DIY)$6600
MIX (DO IT YOURSELF AND PROFESSIONAL DESIGN)$7800
PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN REMODEL DESIGN$18700
Source: National Kitchen and Bath Association, 2020 Market Outlook Report
Kitchen Window Size: Small cozy bright kitchen with a window to the street

What Should You Do?

It is difficult to determine how much your kitchen renovation project cost will be as it is entirely dependent on several variables.

Maybe your dream kitchen is a complete overhaul or full kitchen remodel, an upscale remodel, requires new kitchen flooring, or is dependent on new plumbing, the size of your space, or even custom cabinetry. There is a big difference in kitchen remodel budget planning if it is a major remodel, involves large projects, or even smaller projects. Heck, even small changes, the quality of materials, and layout changes play a role.

None of this is easy because it’s a lot more than just a fresh coat of paint and definitely more costly if you’re considering new cabinets based on the size of your kitchen.

The best way to approach this is simply to begin planning your renovation costs as soon as possible. I have listed some scope of work examples and the average kitchen remodel cost. This should give you a better idea and help you get started. We also provide budget standards, cost analyses for a kitchen renovation, and remodeling cost-cutting strategies.

How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

The average kitchen remodeling cost has a total budget of about $20,000 for a medium-sized kitchen. The magnitude of the kitchen and the level of luxury you desire in your cabinets and equipment will determine the total price. The cost of a big kitchen remodeling project might range from $40,000 to $70,000.

However, before you start looking at expenses and pricing, consider which style of kitchen makeover you want to do:

Kitchen improvements add to the value of your home and property. Not everyone is interested in this, but it’s always a consideration. As we get older, large homes become anchors, and sometimes, we need to let go and simplify our lives. It’s essential to keep with trends that can stand the test of time as it could be a problem if you ever sell your home later.

Are you remodeling your kitchen because you want an aesthetic upgrade?
Are you investing your kitchen remodel on high-quality American-made cabinetry to improve durability and quality? High-quality materials also come with a lifetime guarantee.
Are you investing in a kitchen remodel as you have plans to sell your home in the next three to fives years?

Assuming you fit into the first group, your best bet is to hire a professional designer, get a reasonably priced builder, and order Chinese-made, attractive cabinets from Forevermark. If you work extremely hard to keep your prices low, you may have a 10×10 kitchen remodel for just $10,000. The guarantee is only for several years; therefore, you will not have to make any changes. The construction company would most likely charge you around $3,000 to $5,000 for these kinds of cabinets, and the time frame will be roughly one week. Handmade or manufactured marble counters can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000. You may need to set aside a few hundred dollars for the designers.

Most one-stop renovation companies will provide you with a free estimate as well as a style. They’ll apply for permission and have in-house installers complete the setup. They have specialized project teams who take accountability for every wrong job. They will go to great lengths to satisfy customers since a negative review will hurt their business. On the other hand, contractors are not responsible if you are dissatisfied with their work.

If you want to remain in your home for maybe 15 to 20 years and spend money on your kitchen, American-made cabinetry is the best option. They’re entirely customizable, high-quality, long-lasting, and made of natural hardwood, and the majority of them come with a lifetime guarantee. One disadvantage is that the delivery time is always at least five weeks. Such cabinets are around three to five times higher than the cost of Chinese-made cabinets. Prices begin at $15,000 and go up to $45,000.

Because the project can take a bit of time, and if you genuinely would like to spend on your appliances, countertops, and flooring, you will have to pay more on setup. Having American-made cabinets, handmade or artificial marble counters, lighting, new flooring, storage or even a kitchen island, advanced kitchen equipment, and other upgrades in a standard kitchen would cost from $35,000 and $70,000. Of course, you can spend a lot of money on your kitchen if you have a large bank account.

Option 3 (Bonus)

If you’re in the middle, meaning you’re going to be staying in this property for around 7 to 15 years and wouldn’t want to overspend but also would not want to go broke, it is indeed worth spending approximately $15,000 and no more than $45,000 on renovating your kitchen. In smaller and standard kitchens, lovely stone worktops, excellent backsplash, robust American-made cabinet designs, and ideal flooring may be more accessible if you work with between $25,000 and $35,000. If your kitchen is large, Chinese-made cabinets can help you maintain your budget within the $30,000 range. But, in the grand scheme of things, redesigning your kitchen is not a minor item on your to-do list.

Cost of a 10-by-10 Kitchen Renovation

As per the Kitchen and Bath Store, a ten by ten kitchen redesign can cost around $15,000 to $30,000. Worksurface will be limited to a kitchen measuring 100-square-foot. A little additional planning can go a long way in making your fantasy small kitchen a reality. Here are a few of our preferred small kitchen improvement ideas to help you save space while adding functionality.

Small Kitchen Appliances Invest in a SMEG fridge for a sleek appearance and compact profile. This high-end refrigerator is just 9.2 cubic feet, which is considerably less than standard refrigerators that range between 10 and 13 cubic feet.

There are also many possibilities if you need a burner and oven that is smaller than conventional to fit inside your kitchen. To prevent using up a lot of space, opt for something 20 inches broad.
Kitchen Shelves Assuming you do not have enough cabinet space, try adding shelves in your kitchen.

A shelving unit may house a variety of items, including spices, dinnerware, as well as kitchen decor that will effectively tie your room together.
Pot Hanger Don’t have a lot of room? Suspend your pans and pots from the ceiling as a space saving hack.
Moveable Island Just a modest island in the middle of your kitchen will provide much feel to the space.

When you are not using it, a mobile island can be moved against an adjacent wall to provide additional space.

The industry benchmark for cost is a 10-by-10 kitchen, which many refurbishment professionals use. The average price of a kitchen remodel for cabinets is roughly $3,300, based on the premise that even a 100-square-foot kitchen can have around six cabinets on your kitchen wall and five underneath the countertop (excluding one in the sink or dishwasher).

Alternatively, you can estimate your countertop cost by assuming 30 sq ft of countertop surface at $29 per sq foot. Ceramic tile, for example, can cost around $20 per sq foot, although limestone and concrete are more costly, could cost up to $40 per sq foot.

Because the approximate cost of installing flooring ranges from $3 to $22 per square foot, based on the materials, you can expect the 10-by-10 makeover to cost from $300 to $2,200 on flooring.

But when it comes to illumination, you may handle it yourself reasonably easily and save money by not hiring a professional. A contractor typically charges around $150 per installation for more complex lighting solutions such as recessed lights.

Costs of a New Kitchen Renovation

What should you budget for each component of a kitchen renovation? The more time a renovating firm has been in operation, the more contacts it will have. They have the industry insight on who has the best rates, expertise, and quality, and then they will be able to put everything together more quickly.

Consider paying even more for the products and services at the beginning of the list, in order of cost. The national averages usually refer to a 125-square-foot kitchen.

Cabinets for the Kitchen: How Much Do They Cost?

When it comes to kitchen renovation, most people start with cabinets. And besides, cabinets have a significant impact on the overall initial impression of the kitchen. Even though the kitchen is enormous, antiquated or broken can leave prospective customers unimpressed. Regardless of whether you want custom cabinets or not, you may anticipate paying from $3,000 to $8,000 on average.

STOCK CABINETSVery cost effective. Ranges from $75 to $150 for each linear foot. Styles and dimensions are limited, but they are widely accessible at home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s.
SEMI-CUSTOM ALTERNATIVE CABINETSRange in price from $100 to $900 per linear foot and are available in the same sizes as ready-made options. You can customize the door fronts, drawer resizing, and cabinet depth for an extra cost.
CUSTOM CABINETSCost varies but usually around $1500 per linear foot. This option requires a professional cabinetmaker or carpenter. It is an expensive option that most empty-nest homeowners will consider to increase aesthetics, functionality, and the home’s resale value. The price can vary based on the customizations you select.

Prepare to pay the extra 50-75 percent of the cabinet’s value for setup when you’re buying the cabinetry on your own.

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets Cost

Consequently, repairing or refacing pre-existing cabinets might yield outstanding results. To contrast:

REFINISHINGYou can get a completely new look even without replacing them if you restore your cabinets. Since you may have to work with a professional for the best results, you will still be able to save around $1,500 to $3,500 if you do it yourself.
CABINET REFACINGThe cost of refacing cabinets ranges from $3,500 to $9,000. You can reface cabinets with various materials and designs for a fraction of the price. I recommend getting a contractor to handle this correctly and according to industry standards.
HARDWAREYou can buy knows or handles for your cupboards and drawers for as little as $2 or $20 each.

How Much do New Kitchen Appliances Cost?

On average, replacing old appliances with new ones can cost around $100 and $300 per piece of equipment item and much higher if you’re investing in modern stainless steel appliances, for example.

Property values increase by adding high-quality kitchen appliances.  I’ve seen some fantastic kitchens with dynamite appliances; I am talking, instant buyer appeal.

Stainless steel appliances have modern appeal in upscale kitchen remodel projects. Depending on the size and layout of your kitchen, your costs will range from $400 to as much as $12,000. Installation services are usually embedded in these prices and can be as much as $500 and as low as (less likely) $100. This can have a very wide variance, so expect to get at least three competitive quotations in your local area.

If you are contemplating retaining your outdated appliances, please remember that they typically last only 10 to 12 years and can go for $250 up to $500 to fix; you could save more cash by upgrading them with manufacturer warranty, newer versions now.

Smudge-free stainless-steel devices are now available, but there is still a variety of possibilities, including:

STANDARD APPLIANCESThese are the ones that don’t have a lot of bells and whistles and don’t last as long as higher-end alternatives. Microwaves and trash disposals, on the other hand, perform the job and integrate into most designs.
Costs range from $200 to $1000 on average.
APPLIANCES WITH AN ENERGY STAR RATINGProperty owners take advantage of the low electricity bills, longer life expectancy, and several states provide residential subsidies and incentives to assist you in making your kitchen work more efficient. Search for this accreditation when buying a freezer, dishwasher, refrigerator, or lighting.

Costs range from $300 to $3,000 on average.
HIGH-END APPLIANCESHave a lifespan that is often comparable to Energy Star devices. But, they frequently include other functions such as sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, sensors, and so forth.

The average price ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 and up.
PERSONALIZED APPLIANCESThe other most costly appliances are those that are designed and constructed in your kitchen area. However, they take up less floor area, which many property owners appreciate. These may necessitate structural improvements.

The average price ranges from $1,500 to $10,000 or more.

Cost of Kitchen Countertops

Putting in new worktops is yet another typical upgrade, and its cost varies based on the substance utilized and the overall measures required. It is crucial to think about the countertop’s appearance and utility while picking the material.

Seamless materials, like marble, are much more resilient and expensive, as you might think. To save money, you can still use materials like asphalt that bring little benefit. You may anticipate spending from $2,000 to $4,500 for installing your countertops, depending on whether you want hardwood, limestone, quartz, or marble.

Cost of a New Kitchen Floor

Flooring expense ranges from $1,400 to $5,000, depending on the materials used and the total floor space. While vinyl is a cost-effective alternative, it adds little value to the property. Granite and wooden floors, on the other hand, will add value but at a higher price. Although wood flooring is attractive, most renovators advise against including them in the kitchen due to their susceptibility to dampness.

Cost of a Kitchen Makeover

Though it may appear that employing a kitchen designer is a high cost, they are frequently the most networked to other professionals. They can provide you with huge discounts of around 20% if you combine your services with them. Designers often offer consultation services to give you a more accurate idea of the final cost.

Design costs can cost anything between three and ten percent of your overall expenditure.

Professional kitchen designers charge between $100 and $200 per hour on average to assist you in realizing your ideas. Even though some property owners spend $5,000 or more to engage with experienced experts, You can also request a flat charge.

Designers also help choose the ideal materials and colors for your concept and area. As you deal with numerous contractors and suppliers, remodeling companies can also supply 3D modeling and general support services.

Labor Costs for Kitchen Renovations

Setup prices might range from $2,000 to $6,000 in terms of wages. Set aside 15 percent of the total allocation for labor charges. Contracting a kitchen renovation contractor may assist you in getting something out of your expenditure, based on the scale and area your kitchen covers and the amenities you want.

Is It Worth It to Redesign My Kitchen

"A kitchen is an area that may significantly impact the value of your property for prospective buyers," says HGTV's Kristen Hampshire. 

"A beautiful, updated kitchen may make your house alluring."

Kitchen renovations are becoming incredibly popular. For one thing, they frequently increase the market value significantly. Around 2019, a typical $66,000 kitchen makeover recouped 62 percent of its expenditure on average when a homeowner sold the property, and a modest $22,000 renovation yielded an average yield of 80 percent.

Small renovations can offer a higher return on investment since they are more likely to solve technical difficulties. A minor renovation considers more adaptable forms, and preferred style and elegance get prioritized in more costly undertakings. Although it is essential that the piping and amenities work, several homebuyers will not require a lavishly decorated kitchen.

Except if you plan on selling your home soon, it’s essential to create a kitchen you will enjoy. In the end, your kitchen is far more than a financial investment. The kitchen is where you feed your family and take care of them. You also entertain your guests and friends in the kitchen. It is your home’s living and breathing hub, where you can ponder, converse and rest.

If you plan on staying in your property for a long time, choose whatever you want and appreciate it. According to the Research for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, 40 percent of property owners wished to spend a fortune on their kitchen remodel. They didn’t offer more organizing capabilities is their greatest disappointment.

What Are Some Ways to Save Money on a Kitchen Renovation?

During the last few years, kitchen renovation costs have skyrocketed. Kitchens have grown in size over time, and they have also become more opulent. Luxurious elements are becoming increasingly popular in even the most modestly priced properties.

While you can include additional items on a reduced budget, you need to be resourceful. Here are some cost-cutting ideas:

Shop Wisely

Begin searching for discounts immediately and leave your time. First, do some research on the items to assess their quality. Next, hunt for bargains online and in cheap stores. If something appeals to you but it’s out of your price range, seek similar designs at lower-cost websites. You might also go to a recycling facility or a salvage business to look for items.

Maintain Your Existing Style

Any project that entails transferring water, gas, or electricity will increase your costs. Choose a style that keeps or barely modifies your current kitchen layout to save money. You can relocate most appliances without having to relocate their electrical connections. A dishwasher, for example, may typically be relocated to the opposite side of a sink.

Get Professional Services for Free

Some reputable professionals like CliqStudios provide professional design services for free. Make it clear to your designer that pricing is a top priority. They’ll utilize their knowledge to help you create a kitchen that’s both functional and affordable. Appliance, lighting, countertops, and tile store employees can also provide helpful recommendations.

Do-it-Yourself vs. Manage-it

You could manage your kitchen remodeling project with your contractor, even though no construction experience. You can save up to 30 percent on the renovation project if you hire a reliable general contractor.

Save on Countertops

Choose single-thickness worktops or laminated if you’re on a tight budget. To save cash, select lower-cost countertop materials unless you’re planning to sell them immediately. Please remember that marble surfaces such as quartz or granite have significant demand.

Dedicate between 5 and 15 percent of your property’s worth on a kitchen remodel to get the best return on investment.

Again, for optimal rate of return, Home Advisor recommends spending between 5 and 15 percent of your home’s worth on a kitchen renovation. If your house were worth $300,000, a moderate renovation budget would be $15,000.

When planning your kitchen budget, remember the one-third guideline. Employ the one-third principle when deciding the amount of money to spend upon every aspect of your makeover: one-third on cabinetry, a third on other improvements like worktops, appliances, flooring, backsplashes, and sinks, as well as the final third on human resources.

Consider Enlisting the Assistance of a Qualified Interior Designer

If you have a large budget for the makeover, hire a reputable designer to ensure that the result is of high quality. Professional kitchen designers demand between $100 and $200 per hour minimum, so make sure you budget for them.

Increase your Expenditure for Unexpected Expenses

You should set aside anything between 15 and 20 percent of your remodeling budget for any unanticipated issues that develop during the remodeling process. That is your protection to reimburse any additional expenses incurred due to termite infestations, water leaks, or mold discovered when you tear out those cupboards.

Seek advice from a reliable real estate professional for information on how renovation may influence the selling value of your home.

If your remodel aligns with plans to sell in the future, ask a local realtor about the return on capital of your kitchen redesign. They can give you an unbiased opinion on design decisions, tell you the improvements homebuyers want in your area, and refer you to reliable local contractors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Fair Price for a Kitchen Remodel?

According to HomeAdvisor, the total cost of a kitchen makeover ranges between $12,567 and $34,962. A modest kitchen redesign can be as low as $4,000, while a luxurious renovation can reach $50,000 or more.

Kitchen Remodel: What is the Most Expensive Portion?

A new kitchen cabinet can cost upwards of $15,000 on average, making them one of the most expensive parts of the remodel. New appliances are in the second spot, with an estimated $8,200. The next most costly item is the countertops, which typically cost slightly under $6,000.

What is the Cost to Remodel a 10×10 Kitchen?

A 10 by 10 square feet kitchen can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000. The area’s pricing per square foot will cost you around $75 to $150 per square foot

What is My Budget for New Kitchen Cabinets?

The cost of kitchen cabinets varies greatly, ranging between $100 and $1,200 per linear foot. A 10-by-10-foot kitchen can cost somewhere between $2,000 and $24,000, with the majority falling between $4,000 and $13,000.

How Much Can Kitchen Remodel Increase Home Values?

As I write this, the average return on investment (ROI) for a mid-range kitchen redesign is between 50 to 60 percent of the total renovation spend. You should be able to recoup between $34,500 and $41,400 if you spent $69,000 redoing your kitchen.

How Much Does a 12×12 Kitchen Remodel Cost?

A 12 by 12-foot kitchen is often standard size, and the dimensions allow you the freedom to do virtually any kind of refurbishment you want. Depending on square footage, renovating a kitchen of this magnitude might cost somewhere around $14,000 to $36,000.

How Much Does a 150 sq ft Kitchen Remodel Cost?

You will find this in the range of $15,000 to $40,000.

Can you Remodel a Kitchen for $5000?

Unless you are prepared to handle most of the work independently, you can redesign a small kitchen for as low as $5,000. Most new appliances that will not break the bank get listed in Consumer Reports’ budget design.

Can a Kitchen be Remodeled for $10,000?

Repainting walls is one item that property owners may accomplish for a $10,000 kitchen renovation. Cabinets can be repainted, refinished, or refaced. They are also getting new flooring installed by flooring contractors.

Can I Remodel my Kitchen for 25,000?

A budget between $12,000 and $25,000 is an excellent budget range to remodel the majority of your kitchen, as well as very few additional kitchen accessories. You will probably do part of the job alone, but you’ll be able to employ experts for the rest.

Can You Remodel a Kitchen for $30,000?

Kitchen renovations in this price range involve less physiological effort for the property owners, who can delegate most of the job to experts. However, this does not imply an utterly hands-off strategy.

What Percentage of Kitchen Remodel is Labor?

Human resources and expenditures account for around 30% to 35% of the total cost. Your venture may slant somewhat one way or another based on your renovation decisions. Knowing where your money goes is crucial when dealing with a limited budget.

The expensive part of a kitchen remodel is actually labor and everything else. A kitchen and bathroom remodel are the most expensive projects in your home but they also help increase your home’s value. That s why many Americans consider a home equity loan because the home value increased by a wider margin in hot real estate markets. You can never have too much money to bring much value to your home.

One of the first things you’ll notice at home depot or any other retail that sells national kitchen materials is that everything is a rough estimate. You have to play with your budget and many contractors provide online tools like a kitchen remodel cost estimator.

Why is the average cost of a small kitchen remodel and the overall cost of a major kitchen remodel so expensive?

You have building codes and high-end material items to consider such as natural stone, stainless steel appliances (for a modern look) tile backsplash, granite countertops, quartz countertops, stock cabinets, or semi-custom cabinets, and even electrical work. You may need an interior designer who may recommend structural changes to support an open floor plan for a large kitchen. The kitchen size will obviously impact the average cost of kitchen materials.

General contractors do not work off hourly rates but piece work because it helps some of them remain competitive. However, any bathroom or kitchen remodel is going to amount to about 50 to 60 hours per contractor. Quality materials in some bathroom remodel projects can easily be about $8500 with labor being another $8000. The moral of the story? If you get professional help, get professionals and pay a rate that will result in quality work like you’d expect with an automobile mechanic. Pay the going rate with a great professional and they’ll be there to fix it until you’re happy.

I have seen so many unhappy people use those Uber-style match-making sites, seeking the best price possible, only to find the roofing project is in shambles. I have some friends in Canada that used HomeStars and picked some contractors who had moderate reviews. The work was done quickly and with some shoddy workmanship. Their price was clearly competitive for a reason. It literally took four weeks to get them back to finish the job they did not complete properly the first time. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for!”.

Having said this, I don’t for a second believe there are not quality contractors on the service mentioned above. You just need to spend more time with due diligence which doesn’t always guarantee a successful project outcome.

Are Cabinets or Countertops more Expensive?

To replace cabinets, it will cost $5,050 on average, whereas adding countertops costs $3,300. The most expensive requirement is the material, which costs just under $1,200 for laminate countertops and more than $3,250 for solid surfaces.