Other kitchen remodeling costs
In addition to all the costs above, you'll also have professional installation fees (around $3,900 or 17% of the budget, on average) and design expenses (about 4% of the average budget or $920). If you're doing any work to the doors or windows, that usually comes in around $920.
Your fees are also going to vary depending on your property's location and local market prices. According to HomeAdvisor, kitchen remodels cost the most in the following cities:
- San Jose, California.
- Los Angeles, California.
- San Francisco, California.
- San Diego, California.
- Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ways to cut costs on your kitchen remodel project
Choosing low-cost, high-ROI projects and materials is the best way to make the most of your kitchen remodeling budget. But there are other ways, too.
On the cabinets, you can opt to simply repaint rather than refinish or replace them. A nice coat of white or gray is a good on-trend choice. Adding updated hardware can also give the cabinetry a fresh new look for a low price.
Here are a few other ways you can save on cash:
- Consider a stick-on tile backsplash: These cost a lot less than traditional tile options, and they're easy to install, too.
- Check out stone, granite, and marble supply yards: They'll often have remnants left over from larger projects that you can buy for less.
- Opt for open shelving: You can skip cabinetry costs altogether by opting for the very popular open shelving look. You can even use salvaged or reclaimed wood for the shelves to reduce costs more.
- Steer clear of too much rearranging: Avoid knocking out walls, moving pipes and wiring, and just generally relocating things if you really want to stay on budget. Focus on reframing the room -- not completely transforming it.
- Minimize the permit requirements: Permits can be costly, especially if you need one for every little project you take on. Take some time to study local building code, and consider permit requirements when nailing down your renovation plans.
You should also shop around for your remodeling contractor and materials, and use in-store pros for design and consulting needs. Hiring a professional kitchen designer can run you from $100 to $200 per hour -- and you can bet your design will take more than a few hours -- especially when you consider the back-and-forth you'll need to have.
How can you finance a kitchen remodel?
If you don't have the money to fund your kitchen remodel out of pocket, you have tons of financing options to choose from. For one, you can tap your home equity using a home equity loan, home equity line of credit (HELOC), or cash-out refinance loan. If possible, these should be your top choices for financing, as they typically come with lower interest rates than other options out there. You can even tap the equity you have in another investment property, if necessary.
A personal loan or credit card is also a possibility, though you'll pay more in interest to take these out. If you do opt for a credit card, consider using a cash-back one -- or at least one that gives you discounts at home improvement stores. This could help you reduce your remodeling costs even more. If you choose a personal loan, just make sure to shop around, as rates and terms vary significantly from lender to lender.
A quick note here: Not all these financial options will be available to everyone. Your exact financing and loan choices will depend on your credit score, debts, and how much equity you have in the property.