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Common costs overlooked in a kitchen renovation

14th Jul '16 • By Emily Ayers

The kitchen is one of the most important components of a home and is usually a key selling point. If you’re thinking of a kitchen renovation, you should be aware of all the costs involved in such a project.


There are several common renovation costs that are usually overlooked. From labour to material, to the kind of kitchen you design, numerous factors should be taken into consideration. Here are the most common forgotten costs in a kitchen renovation.

Plumbing & Electrical Costs
If you intend to move your kitchen to a more desirable position, you will have to factor in the costs of new plumbing and wiring. This task can be undertaken easily if the service provider has access to underfloor lines. If you have concrete flooring, however, you will have to account for the additional costs of removing and repairing the floor.


When remodeling, costs of new floor boards is usually left unaccounted for. Undeniably, if your changing the structure of your kitchen, the floorboards will need to be re-fitted to accommodate the new design. Further, you must plan where you want the new flooring to end. Clashing floorboards will undermine the entire project if not properly considered.


Kitchen Cabinets
One of the primary forgotten costs in a kitchen renovation would be kitchen cabinet re-alignment. This occurs when a room is not square. New cabinets and benchtops have to re-structured to fit with the current walls and ceiling.

Ducting for Range Hood
Installing a new range hood will require proper ducting. Ventilation systems repel grease and smells and are an important element to any kitchen.


Keep in mind the general 10 to 20 percent rule, where your kitchen renovation project shouldn’t be less than 10% the home’s actual worth or more than 20% the current value of your house.

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