How Much Should I REALLY Spend on a Kitchen Remodel?

One of the questions we often hear is “How much will my kitchen renovation cost?”  Never fear; The experienced designers at McCabinet are here to help you understand the costs associated with your project and ensure your budget stays on track.

Calculating Kitchen Renovation Cost

While every kitchen is different, and everyone’s choices for finishes will certainly vary, there is a suggested remodeling price range that can help you begin to determine if it is the right time to renovate your space.

To begin, when considering a kitchen remodel, it is imperative to be realistic about your current financial situation and determine what total investment you feel comfortable with.  It is also important to be honest with yourself and your designer about your end goals.

mccabinet kitchen styles
mccabinet kitchen styles

When estimating your total cost to ensure project feasibility, the suggested amount to spend on a kitchen remodel for your personal use is typically between eight to 16 percent of the total home value.

What to Include in Your Kitchen Remodeling

An investment on the lower end, closer to eight percent of your home’s total value, usually preserves the kitchen’s existing footprint while improving its appearance and functionality.  Kitchen renovation cost may include:

  • New cabinets
  • New countertops
  • Fresh paint
  • New flooring
  • New appliances, sink and faucet
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An investment on the higher end, closer to 16 percent of your home’s total value, is typically more extensive and can include a complete redesign of your space.  You may be removing walls, moving water lines and rewiring or adding electric. A substantial remodel like this may also include:

  • New, top-of-the-line cabinetry
  • New, potentially imported or specialty countertops
  • Fresh paint
  • New flooring
  • New top-of-the-line, energy-efficient appliances

It is important to understand that an investment above or below the recommended percentage can lead to a lower return on your investment. 

Kitchen Remodeling to Sell Your Home

With that said, however, when remodeling a kitchen in an effort to sell the home, McCabinet often advises spending a little less, between three and six percent of your home’s value.  The goals of a kitchen remodel when investing to sell should be different than your goals when remodeling for personal use.  When remodeling to sell, you should consider updating cabinetry and countertops to a finish that is appealing to the market in your area, versus selecting something that suits your personal taste.  You may be able to select trendier finishes as well, as a kitchen remodeled for resale should look up-to-date and on-trend, whereas a kitchen remodeled for your personal use should be remodeled to your personal taste and stand the test of time.

mccabinet kitchen remodel
McCabinet kitchen remodel

No matter if you’re redesigning for yourself, for a flip, or for a quick sell, we often recommend looking at your kitchen remodeling budget in thirds.  This will help you avoid overspending in any one area.  Approximately one third of your budget will go toward cabinetry, one third will go toward updating finishes including countertops, backsplashes, appliances, flooring, etc, and one third will go toward labor.

At McCabinet, our designers will walk you through budgeting and will help you select finishes to meet your design goals while staying within your budget.  When you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call for a free consultation and see what we can do for you!

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