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5 Kitchen Remodeling Costs Every Homeowner Needs To Know…

By on August 23, 2016

Kitchen Remodel Costs

When you’re remodeling your kitchen, there’s three initial sets of costs you need to consider…

(We’ll discuss the a 4th kitchen remodeling cost at the end of this article that EVERY contractor knows how to charge for, but most homeowners don’t even know exist…)

“If you want to skip down to see what the average $$$ amount is for a new kitchen, scroll down to the very bottom of this page… “

Remodeling Costs, Contingency Costs, Change Orders, Planning & Design Costs

kitchen remodel costYour kitchen remodeling costs are costs associated with purchasing the new materials for your kitchen, such as cabinets, flooring, slabs for countertops, tile, etc + the labor to install those new materials.

You’re kitchen remodeling cost will also include demolition, and on average, some basic electrical (adding new light fixtures, running 220 circuits, etc), basic plumbing (repositioning supply and drain lines for new sink locations, new angle stops, moving gas lines), and paint.

These costs are normally found on the initial bid/quote you’ll receive from your contractor. This is pretty straight forward and what most people use to create their kitchen renovation budget.

But…

It’s not the only thing you need to budget for…

Contingency costs are those unforeseen circumstances that stress homeowners and contractors out more than anything. For the homeowner, its more money, more time, more money, more money… And did I mention more money?

The stress for the contractor is knowing, for example, that their client just committed to a $50K remodel, but after demo found water damage and mold and now has to inform the client that 1.) they can’t move forward with the remodel until the problem is fixed.

And 2.) that it’s going to cost the homeowner an additional $10k.

It’s tough for both parties (trust me, when we find issues, telling our clients about it just sucks…), so if it ever happens to you, know that your contractor is doing everything to keep you happy while making sure your kitchen remodel is done right! (Be nice, it’ll make it easier on both of us!:))

The next kitchen remodeling cost is that of the Change Order, which can also include trip charges and delay charges…

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Great Example Of How A Contractor Can Pay For Their New Yacht…

Change orders, although not apart of the initial remodel costs, are actually pretty common…

This is when a homeowner approves an initial design and work order, but in the middle of the project “changes their mind”…

For example…

You decide that you no longer what to go with a tile backsplash, and instead, want to do a full panel glass backsplash…

Or, you’ve thought about it, and not that the under cabinet lights are in, you now want to add under cabinet plug strips…

And so on, and so on…

The labor and materials for these changes are what they are, but you can expect a few things with a change order:

  1. A change order fee (this is due to the contractor having to stop work and spend additional time writing up a change order bid, purchasing the new materials, reallocating resources, changing schedules, etc. It pays for the admin time to make it happen). This fee can run anywhere from $250 to $1,000, depending on the change order (average is $250).
  2. Once the change order is finalized and agreed upon by you and your contractor, payment for this change order in full (yes, including labor and materials) is due at that moment.

This allows to keep your contractor on schedule and to make all of the purchases necessary for your changes…

Next are trip charges…

Let’s say you decide to GC your own project, and you schedule your countertop guy to template for countertops on Friday at 8am.

He shows up at 8am and only half of the base cabinets are installed…

Since he’s come out to your home, and can’t template beaches you’re not ready, he will 99.99999% charge you for an additional trip as now you’ve just wasted his time.

This can be for any trade, and you can expect trip charges to range from $300-$1,500, depending on the case at hand…

You can expect a GC to charge you anywhere from $500-$1,000/trip for those kinds of delays…

And MANY of these problems occur when an inexperience how owner decides to plan and design their own kitchen…

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Kitchen Design Cost – The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make When Remodeling Your Kitchen

kitchen design servicesWhen a homeowner lacks renovation experience, they pay for it… Just like investing in stocks blindly or thinking your companies 401K is the best place for your money, you end up paying A TON of money in the form of “Stupid Tax”…

Let me give you an example…

We just recently took on a client and were told that everything was absolutely ready to go. She designed her own kitchen, and ordered her own materials… We said “sure, we can help” and scheduled the job…

Once we arrived, we immediately found tons of errors in the design and materials on site…

Cabinets were the wrong sizes, necessary finish panels were missing for cabinets, 10″ pieces of filler were being called for when bigger cabinets could have been used to create more functionality and better use of space, etc…

Long story short, because we ended up having to help her design her kitchen on the fly, and were delayed about a week to finish the job, she ended up paying about $4,000 over her initial quote in fees, change orders and trip charges…

Now…

ALL OF THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED!

Not only could the money have been saved, but the time wasted and headache acquired could have been sidestepped altogether is she would have paid the $1,000 for a good set of plans drawn up by a professional…

(NOTE: You wouldn’t plan your own surgery, right? Sure, you could diagonose symptoms, but if you wouldn’t trust yourself to remove your own tumor, maybe you should consider not planning a remodel to the biggest, most used, most seen room in your house.)

We charge anywhere from $500-$1,500 for a set of kitchen plans and drawings, all depending upon the size of the kitchen and amount of revisions come from our clients…

But when it’s all said and done, you will have 100% accurate plans and elevations, an accurate list of materials such as cabinets, backsplash, countertop sqft, etc.

You’ll then be able to hand the elevations and drawings over to your contractor and spend the day at the beach with your kids…

Honestly, most homeowners “freak out” a bit at the price to plan their kitchen, but trust me, it will save you more money and more time than if you winged it yourself…

BONUS: The Kithchen Remodeling Cost That EVERY Contractor Knows How To Charge, But Most Homeowners Don’t Even Know Exists…

If you’ve ever read books by Robert Kiyosaki, or have ever heard Dave Ramsay speak, they both often times recognize the existence of the “stupid tax”. This is when you make a mistake with your finances that you were ignorant of…

Well, there’s one thing that EVERY contractor looks for, and it could cost you thousands of dollars…

We mention it on our 7 Fatal Mistakes page, but I’ll go into a little more detail here…

It’s called the “Pain In The A$$” tax…

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Let me explain…

When you first meet your contractor, you’re going to be looking & listeneing for characteristics that you think would qualify them for being a good fit for your project…

Well, what most homeowners don’t know is that good contractors that KNOW THEIR VALUE, are also doing the same to you as a client…

Now when most homeowners don’t like a contractor, they’ll just never contact them again…

But for the contractor with the good reputation, he’ll at least respond (unless you’re that terrible of a human being lol) with an estimate for your project…

Sounds normal, right?

But it’s not just a normal kitchen estimate…

The cost of your kitchen remodel on that quote is quadruple the price of what he would normally charge a client…

Why?

Becuase you were probably a “pain in the ass”… And to be honest, if you’re not going to be a client that is pleasant to work with… that doens’t understand that there are always variables in construction… that doens’t understand that you won’t get away with nickel and diming a contractor to death… And that doesn’t realize that if you didn’t pay for a service, it’s not getting done…

Then chances are, you’re going to pay the price…

Either you’re going to say “this guy is crazy, his estimate is way too expensive…”

Or…

You’ll say “looks good, let’s do it!”

But even if you’re a pain in the ass, and you accept the offer that is quadruple in price, your project is now “worth” the headache to the contractor…

Make sense?

Kitchen Remodel Cost – Dollars & Cents

how much does a kitchen remodel costI’m sure this is the section that you were really looking for, but I had to lay a proper foundation in order you you to have a complete understanding of what you can expect during a kitchen renovation project…

This is a good metric (actually, it’s pretty accurate) for gauging the cost of your kitchen…

Now PLEASE keep in mind that this is based on medium grade (and just a step above) materials, not the cheap crap where they advertise “full kitchen remodel, only $20!”…

Here’s the formula…

$1,000-$2,000 x LFT = TKC




Measure the length of your kitchen, and then measure the width of your kitchen… And when you measure, account for islands, peninsulas, all appliances, etc…

What you want to do is get a measurement of linear feet (as opposed to sqft)…

So lets say you have a 10×10 kitchen, but its in an L shape… that means you have 20lft in your kitchen… (as apposed to 100sqft, make sense)

This is what the LFT in the formula above represents…

Then you simply multiply $1,000-$1,500 by the amount of LFT you have in your kitchen, and that will give you a pretty good idea of what your kitchen remodeling costs should be…

So, in the example above, we have a 10×10 kitchen with 20LFT… $1,000-$1,500 x 20 =$20,000-$30,000 for the total kitchen remodel cost…

And if you have more questions about kitchen remodeling costs, or you’re ready to start your own kitchen remodel, simply enter your name and best contact info in the form below for a free consultation…

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