21 Jul / 2016

A Simple Guide to Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget

The kitchen is one of the most important parts of every home. For many property buyers, they look at the kitchen first and foremost before they proceed to the rest of the house. If you already have a home of your own, you probably realize that you’re spending a lot of time in the kitchen more than you think – this where meals are made, special memories are created and where many of your household chores are done. By all means, you should keep your kitchen well maintained and beautiful at all times.

However, as most parts of the home, the kitchen is prone to natural wear and tear. Of course, the temperature in this area changes constantly and preparing food, cutting ingredients on the counter and even spilling sauces can cause damage to some parts of the kitchen. If you are on a budget and you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, here’s a guide that can hopefully help you out.

1. Identify what needs to be changed and what can stay behind.

When you’re on a tight budget, you can’t just go ahead and plan out a kitchen remodel that’s so extravagant because you might not end up finishing the project due to lack of funds. It is best to prioritize and find out if you really need to change everything. For example, the tiles and grout are very dirty and you feel like you have to change everything. If the tiles are still intact, then you can just clean it. Regular scrubbing may not work so it’s best to use a steam cleaner instead. If you don’t have a steam cleaner yet, better shop for one because this is still cheaper compared to buying and having someone install a new set of tiles.

2. Do your research rather than hiring a professional designer.

Designers are very costly. You can go online instead and search for inspiration then plan out how to execute the plan with your local trusted carpenter.

3. Do what you can do yourself.

Miter SawPlanning to DIY everything is not a good idea. You have to admit there are things that you are not an expert with. However, you can always do the things you can yourself. For example, repainting the kitchen walls is quite easy. Hanging up some floating shelves or give your kitchen a new counter top, could easily be done with the right tools. Go to straightkerfs.com because they already did the research, and then invest in a good piece of equipment. However, if pipes must be replaced or if electrical wirings need to be repaired, you must call a professional.

4. Look for the best cleaning materials for your kitchen tools and equipment.

When remodeling a kitchen, it is quite tempting to replace all tools, pots and pans and more as well. However, if you do this, you will end up spending more than you planned. To make your pots and pans, utensils and other materials look brand new once again, look for the best cleaning materials you can use depending on the material your tools are made with. Perhaps you can use the steam cleaner again for some of the tools but for others such as removing burnt parts of pots and pans, you can check with a local hardware shop on the right cleaning tools to use. Look for cleaning hacks available online too such as the use of lemon, vinegar and baking soda. These things cost very little but can work miracles.

More information:
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