The cost of kitchen remodeling can be prohibitive.
But anyone with some basic building skill and desire can reduce budget requirements
significantly by doing some of the tasks themselves.
Many home improvement centers offer free clinics to teach some of the more
basic tasks of kitchen remodeling. In many cases the simple know-how offered
in these clinics is more than enough for anyone to do a competent job for
only the cost of materials.
Books and magazines are another source of information that can turn anyone
into a kitchen remodeling or decorating do-it-yourself pro. Be be aware though
that books might not offer the most current building information, as new superior
materials come on the market almost daily.
The cost of professional help from plumbers or electricians will need to
be factored into your kitchen remodeling budget. These types of improvement
jobs are best left to the professionals unless you are quite confident of
your skills. But keep in mind that in the event of water damage repair or
fire, your insurance company might not cover losses if the work is not done
to local codes and ordinances.
Things like painting, laying tile, decorating, are well within the reach
of any homeowner with a clinic under the belt. Like anything else, practice
makes perfect. If you're laying tile and have never done it before, or haven't
done it in a while, you might consider practicing before you start. Visit
local tile recyclers. You can find tiles of the same size as the ones you
plan on using for only pennies. Get a 4x4 sheet of 1 inch thick particle board,
plywood, or backer board and practice laying the tiles according to what you
learned at the clinic. You can avoid having to repair your work after a little
Do as much of the improvement work as you can yourself, so long as you are
comfortable with your skill level. In addition to controlling your remodeling
budget, the results are your own creative, fun, custom accomplishment you
can be proud of. Just make sure to realize your limitations, and let the professionals
do the work you're not comfortable with doing yourself. A botched job will
cost three times as much once ruined materials are removed, discarded, and
replaced by a professional. So make sure you're confident.
Be realistic about your skill level when DIY, trying to save money on your
kitchen remodeling budget. Home improvement center clinics can provide a wide
range of knowledge to help reduce big parts of your budget.
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