5 Kitchen Remodeling Costs Every Homeowner Needs To Know…



hey good morning my friend this is matthew campbell with modern kitchen pros thanks for joining me on this beautiful tuesday morning here in socal I'm actually sitting outside of starbucks I don't mind the saxophone and the trumpets in the background I'm just kind of getting my day started here but I wanted to put together this video because I continue to have clients ask me the same questions over and over and over and over and over and over and over again and then a lot of them seem shocked when some of this stuff comes up so I wanted to you know kind of give you a heads up on what you can expect when it comes to doing a kitchen remodel as in regards to the cost right so the first point and keep in mind i'm sitting up in next to the drive-thru so if you hear people's coffee orders coming through don't mind them so the first cost you're looking at straight remodeling costs right so this is going to be the cost for new cabinets new paint new countertops new flooring new backsplash new lighting you know it's all the basic cross to come in so materials and labor these are just things that you can expect to pay and those are pretty simple pretty you know straightforward and they're very easy to understand what you get them the next thing you're in sorry I'm a little under the weather so try to shoot this thing quick the next thing you're going to want to it'll be back up Brook like the remodeling costs that's something that everybody knows right but it's these next few line items that I'm going to discuss that a surprise homeowners or put them over budget so just wanting to give you some preparations so you walk into a renovation knowing exactly what to expect right so the next thing you have is contingency cross and contingency costs kind of tie into the next point I'll get there in a second but contingencies are let's say after demo your contractor discovers that there's mold or that you've got you know termites or you've got electrical that's from the 1930s and it's completely out of code or somebody completely Mickey master plumbing whatever the case may be these are things that need to get fixed right a good contractors not going to let that stuff go they're gonna fix it they're going to stop what they're doing bring it up to you tell you what the cost is to fix it and then they'll wait on your approval now you can have your contractor do it which is already there i highly recommend it it's much better for you as far as time is concerned to just use the contractor you already have in place rather than trying to find somebody else to fix it but you also need to understand that it is an additional cost right and we have to tell our clients open / kids it's not common sense right you guys don't do this every day we do it every day so we see it every day so we have to tell you and I feel obligated to tell you that please put together a contingency budget especially if you have an older home it's just the smart thing to do and that way you're not surprised when something comes up you at least have the money to cover the cost right so along with contingency the next one is change order soap in it in a change order listen you have one of the above issues i mentioned mold termites electrical whatever you got a problem that needs to be fixed that was unforeseen before construction started right a change order at one is is the it's essentially the contract that says hey I agree to these changes this is what it's going to cost me and I agree to pay for the additional cost perfect no problem so change orders can be for unforeseen things but change orders can also happen when you decide to do something crazy like change the design of your kitchen in the middle of construction you're gonna pay for that because now essentially you just wasted the time of the contractor and you're gonna have to pay for it right you're gonna have to pay for the contractor undoing everything that he did and then you're going to have to pay for him re planning and reordering and then you're gonna have to pay for him to redo and you know or do your new design do your new idea whatever the case may be and change owners are due one hundred percent up front and full so don't be surprised when the contract ask you for the entire changeover up front without the work even being done that state law here in California and with Callie being our or having i should say the most strictest codes in the country you can guarantee that it's going to be the same way in every other state so that's what change orders are right and there's normally a fee a change order fee associated with the change order in and of itself but they do cost extra money and it sucks so if you're you're indecisive it's unfortunate right but at least have a little bit of contingency money set aside for any change orders that may come up man the sun is rising it's nice out here the next thing you can expect when I probably should I did this one first but it's designed costs now design costs are kind of like an insurance policy you hire a professional planner to come in and keep in mind we've worked with a ton of interior designers i would say ninety percent of them are garbage garbage they don't know what they're doing they just like to throw paint on the walls and maybe change the fabric on a few pillows and call it a day but they don't know anything about planning kitchens they don't know anything about major construction nothing i unfortunately i've seen it time and time again and it's just it's heartbreaking to watch homeowners spend their money on these guys no I'm not an interior designer right but I'm a planner and what I do is I go in and I draw up plans based upon specific measurements that I've either taken or you've given to me and I plan your kitchen according to those measurements and normally it's within about a sixteenth of an inch which is about I don't know if you can see it like that babe so we're pretty accurate if you have a designer or planner or whatever that doesn't know what they're doing and first find out first to have I asked them for hey I want to see a past project where I want to see the plans and then I want to see the finished project you know you have every right to ask that from them don't don't trust them don't you know ask ask ask ask always ask so but design costs it's a small insurance policy right you're paying we're from 500 to 1,500 dollars to have somebody come out and professionally plan your kitchen right plan cabinet placement you'll know exactly how much square footage you have for countertop you'll know how much it's actually exactly how much square footage you have a backsplash you can get lighting diagrams you can do all kinds of stuff put it this way you have architectural drawings where you you know when you're building a house from the ground up you get a roll of blueprints right for every single elevation every single room so this is actually a step down from architectural drawings but it's so and that's kind of how extensive the information raised right that's how accurate the measurements have to be it's just a step down from having your full house you know in blueprints but you pay this fee and it you can rest at night knowing that a professional has measured your kitchen or at least planned your kitchen and it helps because when you take these plans and you hand them over to a contractor they know exactly what goes where every single time also you know exactly what to order how many cabinets how many finished panels how much molding how much toe kick you know how many filler pieces you need how many handles you need there's no guesswork right and a lot of homeowners that try to plan these things on their own they make thousands of mcdonough stakes and because they wanted to save on the extra 500 bucks or a thousand or $1,500 whatever the planner was going to charge you right we wanted to save that money when now they're paying double triple quadruple the price that they would have paid for the design fee in just having your contract to fix all of your mistakes now if you plan a couple of kitchens before then you're probably ok but for most home owners they're only doing every you know to remodels in their lifetime that's the average and if you know I don't go in and try to get myself brain surgery right I'm not a doctor why would you try to plan your kitchen when it's the most used most seen you know and probably one of the most expensive rooms in your house why would you do that don't do it higher you know if you've got ideas and you know jot them down that's great but run them by a professional and make sure you get accurate plans drawn up so you know that you're not going to run into any unforeseen costs because now you have to change a bunch of mistakes that you made and I see it over and over again I know you guys mean well and that's great but you know what at the end of that we just had a client two weeks ago that we were going in for it was a quick project right we were actually just doing the cabinet installation and she's like yeah man I'm a designer I've done like 65 kitchen remodels blah blah blah blah I was like whatever because I've heard that a lot in this industry and like I said nine times out of ten these people don't know what they're doing but so I'm like okay cool send me the plan so I saw the plans they were awful right awful and I'm like are you sure this is everything because I don't want to waste my time now mind you this was supposed to be a one day project one day cabinet installation we get there and we start installing cabinets and immediately I saw a problem she had a nine inch gap you know the wasn't on the plans but she had a nine inch gap of filler on one of her walls right and i called it out to her and her husband and the husband was like well yeah let's make it functional yada yada yada well she's very indecisive I mean she was oh she's probably one of the tougher ones to work with because she was so indecisive but she screwed up the plans and so we made changes on the fly so I charge her for change orders i charge it for my my time and long story short her one day job turned into a two week job yeah one day to two weeks and it cost her triple the original bed triple the cost all because she didn't hire a professional all because she was indecisive and it just it sucked I felt bad but I can't work for free my guys can't work for free and you know I would never expect you to go to your job or your business and work for free it's just not it's not how things roll you know so especially when you're hitting me for my time no no no that not gonna happen so that's the design custom i SAT there for a little bit but that's something that I I honestly think that every smart homeowner should pay for a professional planner to come out we guarantee all of our work plus all of our gc's work directly with all of our planners so rest assured that if for some strange reason we have an off day we make a mistake in your design it's guaranteed we'll take care of it will fix it and we'll do whatever we have to do to make it right so now the last one and if you're still watching this video thanks I know I kind of went off on a rant on the design thing but these are some important points that are going to help you save money the last one is called the one if you've ever read a robert kiyosaki book like the rich dad poor dad or you've ever listened to dave ramsey speak about you know finances and things like that you've heard them mention the term paint our stupid tax right and in this industry we have what's called a pain in the ass tax that most homeowners don't even know exists every contractor knows about it but most homeowners i would say 99.999% of homeowners do not know that there's a pain in the ass that here's what I mean what I want a contractor when you first meet a contractor you're obviously vetting them right to make sure that they're going to be a good fit for your project but they're also vetting you to make sure that you're going to be a good client for their business and most homeowners don't understand that they think that the world revolves around them in a desert and especially with contractors that are good and that are busy they don't need your business right your privilege to be working with them it's not it's not the other way around so you know if you're going to be a headache and if you don't if you're not self-aware enough to understand that you are a pain in the ass well you're going to pay for it in a lot of times when somebody we just saw this bid come in two days ago a client up spective client called us said hey I got a bid for a kitchen remodel can you see what you can do I'm going through this bid and for me it was red flags everywhere because the contractor that bid it one sent a bit and disappeared but to every single line item there's probably five times what it cost so when we rebid it we actually add did it at our cost and it was about I think came in at about six thousand dollars less than the other contractor so me and my GC we were like wait wait wait wait wait why what this doesn't add up why would a contractor and we know the other company right why would this guy do this well long story short Scott's been the S after having a few conversations with him and you know asking him some questions and things like that because we vet a lot of our clients we realize that you know what this guy's going to be a headache and you know it's probably not worth our time yeah it's a great job you know it's a twenty-five-thousand-dollar contract but you know what at the end of the day is it really worth the headache and you know in the beginning contractors are they're hungry right but after being burnt by homeowner after a homeowner after a homeowner and dealing with a ton of crazy clients contractors realize that their time is valuable and that they all are only going to work with clients that are pleasant to work with so if you're not pleasant if you're indecisive if you constantly ask about price price price price budget budget budget budget that's a red flag for a contractor because they know that you're going to nickel and dime them to death you know so if you can't then please keep in mind if you can't afford the remodel right now it's not a problem save more money to do something very nice don't expect to be able to have a fifty-thousand-dollar remodel for 10 grand I know this common sense but you'd be surprised at how many almond homeowners hit us with those kinds of numbers that's absolutely insane but yeah just don't be a family has to be nice be pleasant you know don't be indecisive and let the contractor be the contractor right you know I mean I hear this joke all the time actually I don't know who said it but it was a you know I don't come to your job and smack the mic out of your hand and start ordering whoppers like it's the same kind of thing right like let the contractor do his job trust that he knows what he's doing especially if they're licensed or insured or whatever the case may be and they have the experience to back it up trust don't micromanage otherwise it's going to take much more time and you're going to be paying for that time trust me so just be pleasant be nice be decisive don't micromanage have a good set of plans in place and let the contractor do his thing and you're gonna be just fine I promise you so I'm sorry for the long video of this was only suppose be a five minute video but I was like 15 minutes but I hope you got some value from this if you have any questions leave them in the comments section below this is either going to be on YouTube it's going to be on our blog as well but yeah any questions concerns set us up and I hope you have a great day

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