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How To Save Money On Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen renovations are a hectic task. They come with staggering expenses and daunting amounts of work. However, the end result is rewarding. OK, so let's find out how to save money on kitchen renovations!

While certain costs are unavoidable, there are a few ways you can reduce the costs and get the kitchen of your dreams.

This article will shed light on kitchen renovation costs in the UK and ways to save money during the upgrade.

How Much Do Kitchen Renovations Cost?

Several factors decide the final cost of a kitchen renovation. Factors such as the condition and size of the kitchen, the design, the materials, and other services determine the project’s fee.

In addition to the above factors, there will be some hidden costs such as delivery charges.

The estimated cost of a new small kitchen is £5,000 to £6,000 with VAT if you are working with a tight budget. This estimate can increase or decrease depending on any changes you make.

The costliest part of a kitchen makeover is new cabinetry. Since these have to be tailored to fit your kitchen’s nooks and crannies, they come at a higher price range. Therefore, you will have to put proper thought into what type of cabinet to order for your kitchen since it will be a long-term solution.

New appliances and other services such as electrical work, plumbing, etc. get added to the cost. Rewiring can cost you up to £1,000. If you hire a fitter through a company, they usually charge up to  £200 per day for their role in the renovation.

Before you start taking apart your old units, note down the costs of each aspect of the renovation for a better idea of the overall cost. This will help you stick to your budget and get work done with ease.

How To Save Money On Kitchen Renovations?

There are several ways you can do cost cutting when renovating your kitchen. However, it is important to note that while it is possible to cut down costs, make sure you do not do this at the expense of quality.

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Here are a few tips on how to save some pounds when your purse strings are tight and get the best possible outcome on a kitchen renovation.

Make A Plan

You will need to lay out a proper plan for your kitchen renovation before you begin ripping out old parts. It will be easier on your wallet if you do the entire planning by yourself instead of paying someone else.

Before you work on the design, write down your financial limit for the renovation. It is better to have some contingency in the budgeting, in case the project requires a few extra pounds.

Once your budget is set, take a look around your kitchen and figure out what needs to be changed and what can stay the same. Note down each required change and estimate the cost involved in setting up the replacement. 

Prioritize what you need over what you want. If the budget allows for it, you can squeeze the ‘want’ part of it into the plan.

A well-planned-out design will help you stay within your set budget. It will also ensure that you have taken sufficient time to make decisions and are not making the wrong choices under pressure. Wrong choices could cost you more!


Do adequate amounts of research on the various elements of the renovation. Do not pick the first thing you see, and do not settle on the first cost someone mentions to you.

Take a good look around and visit various spots to get the best quotes on the products and services. Compare products and see what fits into your price range.

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Straightforward products will be cheaper than customized products ones. There will be considerable variations in worktops and units, depending on the design and material.

For instance, a laminate worktop is cheaper than a marble or granite one.


A lot of the cost can be cut down if you take it upon yourself to do various parts of the renovation. There are certain things you may be handy at and certain things you can learn from the internet. Use the available resources wisely and make them work in your favour.

If you are unsure how to proceed, the least you can do is prep the space for the renovation before the workers come in. The less work you have for them, the less you will be charged.

Additionally, it is cost-efficient to step out and make the purchases yourself. Rather than handing it off to your fitter or kitchen company, it will be a smart choice for you to shop for the required accessories instead of them.

Reuse Existing Kitchen Parts

If certain existing elements in your kitchen are of good quality, do not discard them. You can give them a new lease on life by making changes to some features. For instance, you can liven an old sturdy cabinet with a splash of new paint.

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Since cabinets are a costly part of the renovation, upcycling them is a good way to save money. You can switch out the doors for a new look while keeping the body intact. You can also replace old knobs with new trendy ones for a whole new look.

Buy During A Sale

You may be tempted to make all your purchases at the same instant once you have narrowed down what you want. However, a little waiting time can pay off. Plan your renovation in such a way that it coincides with peak sale times of the year.

It helps to haggle a little for the best prices wherever possible. Additionally, you can steer away from top brands appliances towards lesser-known brands to save a good amount of money. As long as the product has the quality and specifications you want, who cares what brand it is?

Sell Old Unit

Just because your old kitchen does not appeal to your taste anymore, it does not mean it is time to send it to the scrapyard.

You can make some money on the side and ship off usable parts of your kitchen to those willing to buy them. There are companies and websites that will buy appliances, worktops, cabinets, etc., depending on their need.

Do your research before you put up anything for sale. Most companies charge a commission for every sale you make. However, the fee is usually minimal. One such digital marketplace is Gumtree.

Reduce Structural Changes

Consider your design. Does it involve any major changes, such as structural alterations? While the change may look wonderful, how does it sit with your budget? Is it something you really, really need?

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Certain structural changes to any part of the property require planning applications in the UK. These jack up the prices of the project. So, think well before you incorporate major changes in your design.

If you are not certain if you will need planning permissions, reach out to the local department for clarification.

Try Not To Move Utility Meters

Do not disrupt the layout of your kitchen so much that you have to get new plumbing or wiring done. 

Leave your kitchen sink where it is. If you try to move it to a new spot, you will have to reroute your plumbing. This will increase the costs.

Not moving your gas and electric points to different spots will also save you a ton of money. While in some instances it may be unavoidable, consider the new design, and work out a plan that costs you the least.

Consider Second-Hand Kitchens

Second-hand products cost less than brand-new ones—that is a no-brainer. Scout around for companies that sell second-hand kitchens, and see if they have what you need. It will save you a lot of money.

You should also look into ex-display kitchens in showrooms. These usually sell for a bargain. Before you make a purchase, make sure you have properly vetted the products in person for quality and fit.

Get A Local Fitter

It is always better to go with a local fitter to renovate your kitchen rather than taking onboard the ones provided by the kitchen supplier.

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Local fitters will be able to install your new kitchen at fraction of the rates compared to company fitters. They will also be able to get you wholesale prices on certain kitchen elements.

Shop around a bit before settling on the workers. Match the skill and cost of the worker before hiring them. It is important that you do not overlook the skill for the low cost. A poorly fitted kitchen is not worth the money you will save.

How To Save Money On Kitchen Renovations: The Takeaway

Kitchen renovations can be quite fun if done right. It requires a good amount of planning and knowledge before you can take the plunge and rip out the old kitchen.

Once your budget and to-do checklist is ready, dive into the change. There are many ways you can save your hard-earned pounds without compromising on the quality of the process.

Even a budget kitchen renovation done right is a beautiful sight to see!

Chef Matty
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