Avoiding Surprises That Break Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget

When you start thinking about remodeling your kitchen, it’s because you want it to look beautifully updated and also to work more efficiently for the life you’re living now, not simply to spend money. And there aren’t many people who want to go over budget or write a blank check for the project.

At T&K Contractors, we know that it’s very important to have an accurate and realistic estimate of the project’s cost before construction starts. That‘s why we offer our exclusive Price Promise Guarantee. Once you have our estimate, we will make sure you know what it covers, what it doesn’t, and what might cause the budget to change. We also want you to know that even the most accurate starting budget can be disrupted by circumstances that generally fall into 3 categories: the good, the bad and the unavoidable.

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1. Oh Wow!

The best reason to increase your budget is that you’ve decided to upgrade and upscale the choices you first made. It’s very important, though, that this be a conscious decision and we will let you know if this is happening. Once you start looking at appliances, you may discover ones with smart features you didn’t even know existed. You may fall in love with a gorgeous tile that costs more per square foot but is worth it for the style. You thought basic cabinets would be fine, but you see all the new organizing features available, and decide that they can make a big difference in how you use the kitchen. For example, would you find it life-changing to have that beloved stand mixer on a shelf that rises up out of the cabinet with no heavy lifting and tucks away out of sight when you’re done?

2. Oops!

Something that can have a really big – and bad – impact on the budget is changing your mind once the project is already underway, demolition has begun, and appliances removed. If you decide you want the refrigerator on the opposite side of the kitchen, work needs to stop, and the kitchen reconfigured. If you decide you really don’t need that commercial style range with 6 burners and it’s already been delivered, that’s a problem. We will make you aware if decisions you’re making that require design revisions and restocking fees will disrupt the construction schedule and add to the cost.

3. Oh No!

We try to anticipate problems that might be lurking behind the walls and build that into a realistic budget. Sometimes, however, there may be unforeseen damage caused by water, termites, mold or latent structural issues that reveal themselves only after walls are opened or flooring removed. Our team of pros will let you know as soon as something unexpected turns up and what effect it will have on the cost or timing of the renovation.

One thing you won’t have to worry about…

When you choose T&K Contractors for your kitchen renovation, or any remodeling project, one problem that you won’t have is poor communication. We will provide you with realistic pricing information from the start and give you more detailed and specific budgeting as the project becomes more defined. We will let you know up front if you decide you want to do something that will take you above your desired budget. We are happy to discuss the complete details of our Price Promise Guarantee, so you’ll know what to expect. We would love to talk to you about the T&K Difference and your next project!