5 Easy Ways to Budget Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Costs

A home remodeling project is the most fun in its earliest stages. Your brain is filled with all sorts of great design ideas. Then the word “budget” comes into play. It is a puzzle trying to work out how much to allocate for the array of costs that accompany a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.
We are here with a handy guide to anticipating project costs, avoiding last second expenses, and places where you can cut down costs without necessarily sacrificing style.
1) Hire a certified designer to do a site inspection.
Although it adds an initial cost to your project (but only about 4%) it can save you money in the long run.

2) Budget your Remodeling Costs.
According to experts at the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) you can anticipate spreading your budget according to several categories including Installation, Cabinetry, Countertops, faucets, etc.
An average breakdown for a KITCHEN should be:
Design Fees: 4%
Installation: 17%
Appliances and ventilation: 14%
Cabinetry and hardware: 29%
Countertops: 10%
Lighting: 5%
Flooring: 7%
Doors and windows: 4%
Walls and ceilings: 5%
Faucets and plumbing: 4%
Miscellaneous: 1%

An average breakdown for a BATHROOM should be:
Design Fees: 4%
Installation: 20%
Fixtures: 15%
Cabinetry and hardware: 16%
Countertops: 7%
Lighting and ventilation: 5%
Flooring: 9%
Doors and windows: 4%
Walls and ceilings: 5%
Faucets and plumbing: 14%
Miscellanous: 1%

3) Be Upfront about the Total Budget
Having a clear budget for a remodel sounds like an obvious first step, but being frank about finances can be awkward for some of us. Since the timeline also impacts costs, know that having to rush product orders will quickly drive up the bill.

4) Permits
Not every home remodeling project requires one, but things like adding a new gas line will definitely require a home permit. Make sure to ask about the cost of pulling permits from the get-go and ensure they’re included in your budget.

5) Think Beyond Sticker Price
When looking at your choices for things like counter tops and appliances, keep in mind “associated costs” such as delivery and installation fees.