It is tempting to discard existing appliances when you build new cabinets around them. Rethink the idea. If the appliances are workable, keep them—and save yourself $1,000 to $5,000, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Also, keep the present location of major fixtures, appliances and utilities relative to the plumbing, gas and electrical outlets. Rearranging plumbing, wiring and jacks can be very expensive. Refacing existing cabinets can reduce the cost of your kitchen remodel considerably and eliminate the need for new flooring, countertops and appliances. If you must get new cabinets, options such as spice racks and slide-out wire baskets can be added later. Also, install cabinets without soffits to decrease labor cost, and avoid trim moldings, or use a simple trim. If you must have a new wood trim to match the new cabinets, order pre-finished trim to decrease labor cost; avoid having the painting or staining done on-site. Other helpful tips: Choose neutral colors for fixtures, appliances and laminates, and avoid the need for a new floor by sanding and refinishing a hardwood floor that may be underneath existing vinyl flooring.
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