Did you know that there are things that you can do that will help you to be more prepared for and save money on a brand new kitchen remodel in Swansea, MA? If you have shopped around at all or read up on the costs associated with doing a complete kitchen remodel, chances are you were floored. It can cost a lot more than the average homeowner might imagine. However, if you are still in need of an upgrade, you can learn how to reduce labor costs, cut expenses for materials, and still get a great-looking kitchen that will last you for many years.
Shopping for Materials
One of the most exciting parts of any home remodeling project is getting to shop for materials. Creating your very own “dream kitchen” is something that many homeowners hope to get the chance to do one day. The first way to save is to visit the Cabinet Factory Outlet to take a look at our wide selection of South Coast kitchen cabinets and accessories. We have a large showroom filled with many different styles, colors, sizes, and designs. We even have kitchen specialty cabinets and accessories to help you maximize the space that you have and get all the little extras you want without breaking the bank.
If you are working with a contractor, have him meet you to take a look at the Swansea kitchen cabinets that you want to purchase to make sure that they will work with your layout. That’s another way to save – don’t change the layout. Sure it might be nice to rearrange a few things in your set-up, but when you start moving things like the sink, electrical outlets, stoves, and refrigerators all the way across the room, that means a plumber, electrician, and other specialty contractors need to come out too. More contractors means more money and more money could very well cut into your budget.
If you aren’t working with a contractor, make sure to contact your local building inspector to make sure you have all of the proper permits and that you understand the building codes and future inspections that will be required in order to get your kitchen signed off. You don’t want to sacrifice safety or the investment that you are making into your kitchen, by skipping over these important tasks.
Reduce Labor by Doing the Demo Work Yourself
Another great way to cut costs on labor is to do some of the demolition work of your existing kitchen yourself. However, it is important to note that you need to protect the things that you aren’t planning on replacing, such as flooring, fixtures, and appliances. If these things are relatively new, in good condition, and go with the new design for your kitchen remodel in Swansea, MA, there’s no reason to replace them. It will save you even more money on both materials and labor.
Minimize the amount of dirt and dust that will make its way through your home by sealing off the kitchen. Take advantage of your local trash company’s dumpster rentals to get all of the materials you remove off your property as soon as possible. If your home has linoleum instead of tile and the age of the house warrants it, you may want to hae it tested for asbestos. If it tests positive, you will need to hire an abatement team to remove it, but if it is negative you can proceed and remove it on your own.
Before you start ripping out cabinets and cupboards make sure to:
- disconnect the electricity, plumbing, and gas to your kitchen
- remove any plumbing connections to the sink, dishwasher and refrigerator
- disconnect the gas from the oven
- unplug any appliance that is hardwired into the wall
- remove coverings, including outlets, light fixtures, switches, windows and vents
- remove appliances and keep them in a safe place
- disconnect all sink faucets and attachments before lifting sink off countertop
- remove all trim from cabinets, floors and around windows
- remove the backsplash tile from behind the sink, stove and counters
- use a drill or pry bar to remove wall and base kitchen cabinets
- clean up and remove waste as you go
If you have hired a contractor, the next steps should probably be done by a professional. They involved removing the old drywall, pulling plaster off ceilings, and other jobs that are near electrical wiring and ductwork that could become damaged. If your contractor gives you the go-ahead to remove linoleum or tile from the floor, you can do that with a pry bar. Again, keep cleaning up and removing waste materials as you go to keep the project clean and neat.
Installation Day Arrives!
Once everything is cleaned out and all of the extra work is completed by the contractor, you can finally have your brand new South Coast kitchen cabinets installed. Your contractor should have done all of the measuring for you to ensure that everything, including kitchen specialty cabinets and accessories, would properly fit. You can further enhance your new kitchen remodel in Swansea, MA by adding hardware, such as door knobs and drawer pulls, to your new kitchen cabinets. Make sure to match the metal from your hardware with the metal used for fixtures, including lighting and plumbing.
If you are interested in learning more about the kitchen cabinets, vanities, flooring, countertops, and other materials available at the Cabinet Factory Outlet, stop by our showroom on Grand Army of the Republic Highway in Swansea, Massachusetts or give us a call at 508-379-6154.