How Much Does A Kitchen Remodel Cost?July 13, 2018 5:27 pm
The Cost Of Kitchen Remodeling In Kansas City
One of the most common questions for Kansas City homeowners doing a kitchen remodel is “how much will it cost?”
Of course, that makes sense because price is always important. Since all remodels are different, a one-size-fits-all answer to questions about cost is impossible.
But that doesn’t mean you should just blindly accept whatever bid any contractor gives you. In fact, one of most common mistakes is to assume that the lowest price is usually the best deal.
Instead of asking how much a kitchen remodel will cost, the better question is: “What will I get for my money?”
Here are 5 key factors that determine whether you will get the most for your remodeling dollar.
The Skill Of The Installers
Most Kansas City kitchen remodelers use a “subcontracting model” to complete projects. In some cases, it means they are a sales and marketing company that sell projects and then basically subcontracts the entire project to the lowest bidder.
Other times it just means they use a rotating group of subcontractors of varying quality. Either way, this business model makes it harder to control both the schedule of the project and the overall quality of the results.
There’s a better model, but one very few contractors use. It’s to employ their own Master Installers. By doing that, a company can hold the installation team to the highest standards because they are employees, not sub-contractors.
So why don’t more kitchen remodelers in Kansas City employ their own Master Installers? Because even though the results are better and more consistent, it does cost more to employ the best.
The Quality Of The Materials
Speaking of quality and cost, it also matters what materials are used. Any kitchen remodeler can lower their estimate by using inferior materials, but that will also lower the quality and durability of your new kitchen.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with deciding to use a good product instead of a premium product as long as your contractor has explained the choice and made it YOUR choice.
The problem comes in if they are using poor or mediocre products that lessen the quality of your results. This is another case where having the lowest price may actually not be the best value.
The Stability Of The Kansas City Kitchen Remodeler You Hire
It should go without saying but we’ll say it anyway: you should always at a minimum insist that your Kansas City kitchen remodeler be properly licensed, insured, and A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau.
But if you want true ‘peace-of-mind’ you should go deeper. In particular, choosing a financially-stable company with 10 or more years in business is your best option. If you try hard enough, you can almost always find kitchen contractors willing to ‘race-to-the-bottom’ and give you a lower price.
That kind of mindset is exactly why the large majority of contractors go out of business in 5 years or less. Then when you have an issue down the road, there is no one to call.
We are not recommending paying outrageous prices. Just because a company has experience, it’s not an excuse to be unfair to homeowners. We’re simply recommending factoring in the stability of the company when making a decision on who to hire.
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Option For A Less Expensive Makeover
What if you do want to do a kitchen remodel for much less? Instead of hiring a kitchen remodeler who may cut corners, consider the option of a Kitchen Refinish.
A kitchen refinish is appropriate when you don’t want to make any major changes to the layout of your kitchen and your cabinets don’t need to be replaced, just refinished. You can do things like completely change the exterior look of your cabinets, get new countertops, tile backsplash, and updated fixtures and more.
Most contractors won’t give you this option, but it can be a great solution in certain situations and typically costs about 1/3 of a full kitchen remodel.
How Much Value You Want To Add To Your Home?
Making exact promises for how much value a kitchen remodel can add to your Kansas City home is something no responsible remodeling company would do. There are simply too many factors that go into a home’s value to name a specific value.
However, it’s common sense that the better your new kitchen looks and the longer it lasts, the more it adds value to your home.
When thinking about the costs of a kitchen remodel, many homeowners only think about the upfront cost of a remodel. But the better your kitchen, the more value you add to your home.
The bottom line is you should always weigh the expected quality of your results when weighing the cost of a kitchen remodeling project.
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