How to Estimate Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling costs vary significantly based on a number of factors.

The average kitchen remodel costs between $18,000 and $25,000 but can reach up to $100,000 depending on the size and details selected. Estimating the cost of kitchen remodeling prepares a homeowner for what to expect when embarking on the project. Before you begin estimating the costs, determine how much you have to spend. Setting the budget before you begin helps you keep things in perspective and may avoid overspending. Remember that many remodeling projects go over budget when unexpected problems arise. Build in a buffer in the remodeling budget so you don't run out of money.

Determine the scope of the kitchen remodel. Identify the areas you wish to renovate, making a list of everything you will change. Take measurements of the room and items you will replace such as cupboards and appliances. This allows for a more accurate estimate. If you are replacing flooring, calculate the square footage by multiplying the length and the width of the room. Make a list of the materials needed for each project.

Review your list to determine which projects you can complete on your own and which will require a professional. Jobs completed by a professional will have additional labor expenses to include in the estimate.

Prioritize the items on the list. Mark items that are must-haves for your project, things you would like to do and extras that you will cut if the budget won't allow them.

Gather estimates from professional contractors for the aspects of the kitchen remodel that you aren't handling yourself. Provide the list of projects and your budget to the contractors so they can offer suggestions and give you an accurate estimate.

Visit the local home improvement store to get accurate estimates for the projects you will handle yourself. Take your list of projects, measurements and materials needed. A small notebook allows you to write the prices of the various materials and make notes about finishes and other details. The employees at the home improvement store can give you estimates based on your measurements.

Take all of the information home. Calculate the totals for each project in the kitchen remodel. Compare the totals with your initial budget to determine if everything fits into it. Decide which projects you will complete and which projects will wait.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Notebook
  • Calculator

Tip

  • Leave the electrical and plumbing work to the professionals to avoid hazards down the road. Gas appliances also need a professional installation for safety reasons.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience come from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.