Kitchen Renovation Expenses You May Not Have Considered

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Everyone (or at least the majority of people!) is excited about the prospect of a kitchen remodel. Depending on the plan of your kitchen remodel, both labour and other unanticipated costs can push your project’s budget over the edge.

Many homeowners embark on a kitchen remodel without considering how their final product choices will affect the project’s overall cost. For this reason, requesting a kitchen design consultation from a kitchen renovator is an excellent way to establish a starting point and work within your budget from there.

Here are a few examples of potential hidden kitchen renovation costs:

Design Fees

Many homeowners intend to do their renovation design, but budget constraints may necessitate the services of an interior designer. Kitchen design is, in fact, a highly specialised field, and design fees are not always “hidden.” However, it is critical to inquire about the designer’s role in the project and the services included in the price.

You should also be aware that some designers lack the necessary qualifications or experience in kitchen design. This is why you must inquire about their capability in following through with your specific requests.


Cabinet prices can be difficult to determine. A cabinetmaker is paid for their time and work. The cost of the cabinet may change based on the style or quality of the cabinet. Contractors may be able to build the same kind of cabinets available at a lower cost, such as prefabricated cabinets, in some cases. The critical thing to remember is that if you use an installer rather than a contractor, your cabinets will need to be styled and built around your existing kitchen layout.

Installation of Appliances

Even if it makes sense to have everything done by one company, you may need to shop around. Today’s appliances are generally fairly dependable and long-lasting, but replacing your refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher all at once is a significant investment. If you are considering a major appliance upgrade, compare the costs of leasing versus purchasing.

If you’re not fond of buying unit in full, you can opt to lease an appliance instead. A lease includes a monthly payment and an incentive to keep the appliance in good working order. After the lease term expires, you can trade in the appliance for a newer model at a much lower cost.

Installation of Electrical Components

Although your contractor will install all necessary receptacles, switches, and lighting, you may need to upgrade your electrical panel. Older homes may need to change their electrical panels if they want to add power to an area like the kitchen. This is because the panels were made for a much smaller home and will need to be changed.

Part of your electrical concerns should include your lighting options. The most important thing to remember about lighting is that it should be incorporated into the design of your kitchen from the start. Installing kitchen lighting after the fact is not a good idea. Also, keep in mind that choosing fixtures that require hardwiring will raise the cost of lighting.

Installation of Plumbing

The cost of remodelling your kitchen involves a wide range of trades, including plumbing, heating, and, in some cases, electrical work. If your contractor does not handle everything in-house, these costs can quickly increase.

Final Thoughts

Kitchen renovations are almost always large-scale projects that require a significant investment. Although the initial budget may be challenging to develop, it is critical to understand how much money you will need to spend to get the new kitchen you desire. You can be confident that your kitchen will be transformed the way you want it if you have a well-thought-out plan, a detailed design, and a trusted contractor on your side.

To ensure that you get what you want, we use a unique approach to remodelling and renovations, from high-efficiency replacements and upgrades to luxurious designs. If you’re considering a kitchen renovation in Mandurah, get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can improve your area!

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Aaron Rekman is the owner of Azztek Kitchens in Mandurah and has over 20 years experience in kitchen design, manufacturing, kitchen installation, home renovation and the building industry. Do you have a question for Aaron? Contact Azztek Kitchens today.