Planning Your Kitchen Makeover: Is it Better to DIY to save money?

Do you want to remodel your kitchen but can’t decide whether to splurge on a makeover or to go the DIY route? Most women believe a beautiful, well organized kitchen gives the home a welcoming and cosy feel. However, you do not need a lot of money to make big changes. If you are working with a strict budget and considering your options, here are some helpful tips to help you decide if it is better to DIY to save money.

Considerations: How do you use your kitchen?

Essentially, the way your kitchen looks will be a projection of the image of your lifestyle. Since there are no rigid rules about what costs what in the kitchen, what you decide to makeover using your individual skills will depend on what is most important to you.

If you are a cook and churning out gourmet meals is akey aspect of your lifestyle, you might consider splurging on a professional range of appliances, since they would be “making money” for you and that is a justifiable expense.  If on the other hand, your kitchen is more suitedto a busy family, then what you need is lots of storage in your kitchen cabinets, and a DIY would be a more sensible route.

Again, is the kitchen you plan to makeover in a house you plan to live in for the rest of your life? If you’re planning a kitchen you’ll be making use of for the next 10 years, you could decide to DIY to save money. You could also use placeholders for the items your budget won’t allow for at the moment. You have a lot of time to replace them with your desired items or simply swap them out for something new when your tastes change in the future. Another plus is that you have no boundaries when it comes to personalising your new space.

Considerations: Cost

In case your main concern about the end product is for resale purposes, then you need to determine if your DIY skills are enough to fetch you a high return-on-investment in the long run. Would your personal taste and design appeal to the general public? If you go with a sleek, modern kitchen, it could be easier for new owners to use as is, or simply make a few adjustments here and there to suit their preferred kitchen. On the other hand, a Hansel and Gretel themed remodel might just not be what most sellers would consider when looking to buy a house.

To conclude, the cabinetry, countertops, back splash, tiles, hardware, and flooring are all prime areas of the kitchen which would stand up to most sorts of DIY creativity. Saving money in your makeover venture is easy then when you consider that you’re getting a new domestic workspace at a fraction of the cost.

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