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How to save money when renovating a kitchen

When it comes to renovating your home, the kitchen is the biggy, and can be a real money pit. My top advice would be, if you your home is your long term "forever" home like us, it is 100% worth spending the money and getting exactly what you want, you will be living with it for years to come, and long term it will no doubt add value to your home. If however your property is an investment property you plan on staying in only a few years, do not blow the budget as in the short term you may not see a return on your investment. 

How to save money when renovating a kitchen

* For us the biggest chunk of our budget was spent on tradespeople, which as we had extensive work done to the room, including removal of a wall, new electrics, changes to plumping and plastering was not a surprise. However if you are planning a pretty straight forward, like for like remodel and you are DIY savvy you may be able to save yourself £££ by doing it yourself, although saying that always get in qualified people when it comes to electric and gas. Most of the large DIY chains sell kitchens that you can assemble and then install yourself at a fraction of the cost of employing someone to do it.

*When it comes to new kitchens the amount you can spend is infinite, so do your research. Think about what you want from the room and the look you want to achieve, and remember large show rooms cost money to run so expect to see that in the cost of your kitchen. We used Howdens who sell directly to trade only, and do not have sprawling show rooms to pay for, which I believe meant we could afford a quality kitchen. All units are delivered assembled which saves your builder time and you money. 

How to save money when renovating a kitchen

* Worktops are a place you can save yourself serious money, laminate worktops come in loads of designs and effects and can save you a shed load of money compared to real wood or expensive granite or quartz. The quality these days is amazing, you can achieve a high end look without the price tag.

*Tiles is another area you can save money especially if your kitchen is a DIY kitchen on a budget. All the chains like wickes, b&q, homebase ect sell budget friendly tiles for a fraction of the price of more high end styles found in specialist tile shops and online. We went for a statement tile, but for us it was an expense we felt was worth it for the over all look achieved. Another way to keep the cost down, is to scale down the tiled area, and maybe only going for a splash back behind the hob, rather than tiles around the whole kitchen.

How to save money when renovating a kitchen

* Appliances, the chances are when replacing your kitchen you will need new appliances, but if you can reuse it will save you money, especially if you are on a small budget. If you do buy new ones, shop around, do your research, sometimes just a change in the model number will save you money, often newer models are more expensive with very little difference in performance. Don't get sucked in by website deals make sure that really is the best price you can buy that appliance for, often one companies deal is not a deal at all compared to another. I also saved money by using my Topcashback account when ordering my appliances and earnt myself nearly £100 back, so defiantly worth doing, as it's free money after all.

*Decorating is another place to save money, for starters do the painting yourself rather than using a decorator it will save you hundreds of pounds. Paint can be pricy but with the likes of valspar in b&q and the decorating centre online, you can have paint colours from more expensive brands mixed for a fraction of the cost. We used a valspar own colour and we love it, the colour is beautiful and the paint easy to work with.

*Decor is a place you can save serious pounds, vases and plant pots, faux plants and the like can all be picked up from stores like Matalan, H&M and TKmaxx for a few quid and will add style and personality to your room, without blowing the budget.

How to save money when renovating a kitchen

I hope this little guide was helpful, if you haven't read my other kitchen posts, I've added links Kitchen renovation reveal and Planning a kitchen renovation.

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