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The kitchen is always the heart of a home. It’s where the magic happens and people come together. Everyone wants a kitchen that they love being in, whether they rent own own the home that they live in. Not feeling the kitchen vibe in your rental property? Maybe it’s time for a kitchen renovation!
Now, whether it’s a basic kitchen renovation or a complete strip down and redo, the first things that comes to mind is the cost. Whether you are aiming for a luxurious kitchen upgrade or a simpler do over, here are some main factors to work on and the costs associated with it.
The first thing that you should consider is the layout of your kitchen. How big do you want the kitchen to be? Are you looking to expand the size, or keep it the same? If you are keen on expanding, it is going to be more pricey than just renovating in the existing space as it’s going to involve moving things around and re-building a part of the house if necessary.
Flooring is a very important part of a kitchen renovation, especially in a rental property. Are the floors going to be wooden or tiled? Try and pick something that is more modern, so it works well with the piping and wiring upgrade of the kitchen.
Do you want to change the benches, tabletops and cabinets in the kitchen? Instead of buying ready-made cabinetry sets, go for custom made cabinets. It will help you make your kitchen more spacious with more storage space. Vinyl cabinets and drawers are the latest trend because they give your cabinets a glossy look.
Choosing these cabinets will also cut the cost of cabinet painting. Along with that, these cabinets and drawers will last longer. Custom cabinets will cost you more, but they are likely to last longer that ready-made ones.
Then comes the countertops. Engineered stone and quartz are the best materials to choose for a basic to mid-range kitchen remodelling. If you are wanting a more vintage feel for your kitchen renovation, then granite countertops are the way to go. In a rental property, focus on durable materials that are hard-wearing.
Now that we have gone over some ideas for the layout and cabinetry, let’s think about some other features that you’ll require for your kitchen renovation. Appliances are a major feature that makes a kitchen functional.
Obviously, you’ll need continuous hot water to complete your kitchen chores, and a water filter for drinking and cooking. A gas induction cooktop with a built-in oven can be a great idea because it is functional and cost-effective. Dishwashers, waste disposers, refrigerator, and microwave are some more appliances you may or may not need. Choose energy efficient models to save on energy costs and water consumption.
Other than that, lighting is another important feature. If you have a small kitchen, the traditional LED ceiling lights will work perfectly. Again, LED lights are a great option for a rental property as they use less electricity, and will cost less to run. There are other options such as Incandescent lights, Halogen lights, and fluorescent lights.
Who do you need to hire for renovating your kitchen?
Unless you’re a plumber yourself, a kitchen revamp is most definitely not a DIY project. Saving costs by doing it yourself can sometimes end up costing you money down the line. It’s a good idea to call in the experts to help make your dream kitchen come true. So, here are some essential tradies you are going to need for your renovation.
Properly fitted pipelines, sinks, and faucets make your life easy in the kitchen. A professional plumber is whom you need to design and install all the pipelines with the sink before the floor gets laid.
If taking the custom route, you will also need a cabinet maker because custom made cabinets is the best solution to prevent any last minute panic situations. The cabinet maker will visit you and measure the size of the kitchen and the cabinets that are to be installed.
Flooring And Countertop Contractor
Contact an experienced and reliable flooring and countertop contractor so that you can get the same design for both your bench top and floor, especially if you are considering tiled or marble floors.
Some kitchen renovation contractors can manage the entire kitchen renovation for you from start to finish. They employ builders, plumbers, gas-fitters and drain-layers for you, so you have just one point of contact, and don’t have to undergo the ordeal to having to find multiple contractors for the job, and having to coordinate with each and every one of them. Hiring a complete kitchen renovation contractor works out much better than hiring individual contractors. Having a single point of contact also speeds up the renovation time, which is essential for a kitchen renovation.
So, how much is a kitchen renovation going to cost me in New Zealand?
Finally, the costs for renovating your kitchen.
If you want a basic kitchen renovation for your New Zealand home, it can range somewhere between $5k-$10k. This estimate is only when you need to make minor alterations to your kitchen.
For a mid-range renovation, the average cost can range somewhere between $10k to $20k on average, depending on the material and fixtures you choose.
If you are after a more luxurious renovation, the costs are likely to range between $20k-$30k on average, in New Zealand.
The average cost for a kitchen renovation in New Zealand usually ranges between $28,000 to $50,000, depending on how simple or extravagant you want your kitchen to be.
Having a nice kitchen adds to the value of your property, as well as helping to attract great tenants. It will increase their enjoyment of living in your home, and help to keep them on as long-term tenants.