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That doesn’t have to be true. It’s highly possible to give your kitchen a fresh new look on a smaller budget.
We were delighted recently to be asked to contribute to a blog post about ways to renovate your kitchen on a budget. The post, for a leading loan comparison site RateCity, asked some of Australia’s top builders and suppliers to offer advice on kitchen renovations without involving a hefty price tag. Check it out for more inspiration and great advice: ‘Save on Your Mortgage and Update Your Kitchen’.
The kitchen should be one of your first ports of call when it comes to home renovation. It is a highly visible area that receives a lot of traffic, and is a major selling point. Most builders will agree that this is one of the areas that will add the most value to your property. Here are some of our tips for achieving maximum effects with minimum spend.
Give your kitchen a fresh coat of paint! People often underestimate this, but it’s amazing how effective it can be in giving a room an updated feel. Light, contemporary colours are a good choice as they will add a feeling of space and give your kitchen a de-cluttered look. Colours that are too bold could turn potential buyers off when it comes to resale.
If your existing cabinetry is in good condition, see how much you can change the appearance of your kitchen by simply painting the doors and changing the handles. Alternatively, if you really want a more drastic change, that doesn’t mean you need to spend on completely new cabinets. Why not reface them instead? This means you keep the interior parts of your existing cabinets and have new doors and drawer fronts put on. It’s a much cheaper way of achieving a whole new look.
Saving money elsewhere in your kitchen will enable you to devote most of your budget to the essentials when it comes to refurbishing. The most visible items in the kitchen are the benchtops and splashbacks. Here is where you have the most power to update the appearance of your room, so by focusing your budget you can achieve a kitchen makeover that looks luxurious and will last for many years to come.
For more information on a kitchen makeover for your home, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today!
Plates, cutlery and glass tumblers are all essential. You should invest in at least one decent frying pan or a pot that will get you through some basic meals. Stock up on food staples like salt and pepper, tomato sauce, pasta, coffee and tea, and don’t forget dishwashing liquid and a drying rack for your dishes. In terms of big appliances and furniture, first and foremost purchase a fridge, table and chairs.
WHAT CAN WAIT: As much as we love them, a dishwasher is not essential when the budget is tight.
ON THE CUSP: A microwave can be a great shortcut if you are still moving in and budgeting hard. But while it may make cooking easier, is it a luxury?
Purchase the best bed you can afford. Comfort is more important to your health than you may know. If you need space for your clothes, bedside tables look good and can be useful, however…
WHAT CAN WAIT: …if you have a decent wardrobe, bedside tables and dressers can wait!
Don’t forget to bring toilet cleaner, a toilet brush and toilet paper to your new home. You are going to need towels, and one item that is often overlooked, a bathmat. Ensure you have your toothbrush and toothpaste!
WHAT CAN WAIT: Most bathroom items are essential, however you can hold off on any decorative features you may be considering.
Whichever way you do your laundry, within your home or out, you are going to need laundry detergent, some form of clothes line and a hamper for your dirty clothes.
WHAT CAN WAIT: Dryers are expensive to run, so consider getting your old clothes horse out to use inside during the colder months.
ON THE CUSP: A washing machine is the one of the only appliances that can be outsourced until your budget allows for a purchase. How easily you can transport your clothes and accessibility to a laundromat will of course come into play, but, ultimately, do you really need one right now?
We always recommend buying a quality and durable couch.
WHAT CAN WAIT: Coffee tables and table accents are not a priority here.
ON THE CUSP: Up for fierce debate is the necessity of a TV. Some would argue yes, some would argue no, we leave this up to you.
Finally you should always have a good stock of cleaning products, including:
What do you think are the necessities in a new home? Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments below.