How often do you hear about a kitchen remodel coming in under budget? How about never? I can proudly say I spent $15,000 less than I expected. For one thing, my starting budget was realistic. For another, I hired a contractor who understood my goals and objectives, and we communicated excellently.
Here are some other key things that helped me manage costs: 1) I set up a separate checking account for the kitchen project so I could keep track of the money every step of the way; 2) Whenever possible, I reused existing materials. For example, the contractor reinstalled my old disposer and molding, which helped save money for other items I wanted to splurge on; 3) This is a big one—I didn’t change my mind, forcing the contractor to undo and redo work. Change orders add to labor costs. I have enough leftover cash to do some landscaping!