4 Reasons Why Kitchen Renovations Go Over Budget

By Creativ Kitchens • September 11, 2017

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Why is it that so many kitchen renovations go over their original budget? Even with a large budget, or when you factor some breathing space into your budget, it’s easy for the unexpected dollars to add up.

Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons why kitchen renovations go over budget so you can prevent it from happening in your remodel.

 Unrealistic expectations

Many people create a budget for their kitchen based on what they want to spend, or what they can afford, rather than finding out what it will actually cost. Then they discover they have “champagne taste on a beer budget” and end up spending more than they planned. Best practice is to get a formal quote from the kitchen company you plan to use.

Upgrading on finishes

The cost of bench tops and cabinet doors varies greatly, largely depending on whether they are stock standard or custom made. The key here is to make a decision on the finishes you want before you start renovating, and make sure you don’t change your mind half way through the build!

Unforeseen complexities

Sometimes, a renovation will expose problems and issues you didn’t expect, particularly when you are taking walls down and replacing floors. Structural issues often only become apparent after you have started building.

While most of these problems can’t be predicted, it helps to have someone experienced do a building inspection prior to doing any demolition work.

 Cutting corners

When you try to save money by doing some of the renovation work yourself, or hiring the cheapest tradespeople you can find, accidents and mistakes are more likely to occur. Usually, you’ll get what you pay for! These mistakes often end up costing you more to fix than it would have cost you to get an experienced professional to do the job in the first place.

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to factor in another 5-10% of your total budget for unexpected circumstances that can’t be avoided. At Creativ Kitchens, we know the key to a kitchen renovation that goes ahead as planned and on budget is to use a professional and reputable kitchen company, contact us today!