Kitchen Appliance Tips When Preparing To Remodel

Appliances are essential to a kitchen, not just for function but for form too. The benefit of remodeling your kitchen is that you are in charge. If you want new appliances, then get new or keep your old functioning appliances and save the money to invest in tiles, countertops, and cabinets. You need to consider a few factors when it comes to appliances in a kitchen remodel. Let's answer all of your questions to help you make the best decision for your home.

Should you get new appliances for a kitchen remodel?

While the choice is up to you, new appliances can help pull a new look together. For example, if your new kitchen is all white, then white appliances make sense, but stainless steel may make sense for a new kitchen with gray tones. Appliances can help to pull a design together and create a visually stunning room. 

Kitchen appliances can change the entire look and function of your kitchen. Take some time to consider how important the kitchen is to your daily life and your appliances. Older appliances may not look as nice as new ones and may even downgrade the new appearance of your kitchen. Also, if you dramatically change the layout of your kitchen, you may need different-sized appliances in new locations, necessitating new appliances. 

Additionally, if you want fully integrated appliances, you may not need to change as cabinet panels can cover the front of the appliance. With this method, not only do you get a gorgeous and integrated design, but you save money on appliances too. Matching appliances will blend better into a new design, so if your current appliances coordinate, then you should be fine. 

You can save money too by simply replacing the handles on the appliances you currently own to change the aesthetic without adding thousands of dollars to a kitchen remodel. Furthermore, you may need to consider more than just the fridge and stove. Other items that might need a change with new appliances are the microwave, sink, range hood, and dishwasher. 

Finally, keep in mind that it may be about that time to change out your appliances. Most appliances have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, and if yours are old, why not change them out now while your kitchen is getting an overhaul? On the other hand, if an appliance is over halfway through its lifespan, you may want to consider replacing it to prevent costly repairs and get a custom kitchen. 

How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen, including appliances?

The cost of remodeling a kitchen can vary wildly, considering many different factors create the final cost. From the size of your kitchen to the cost of the finishes and how much needs replacing can change the price, giving each kitchen remodel a custom price tag. 

You can expect to spend a certain percentage of your budget on different items. 

Cabinets will account for approximately 30 percent of your budget, while countertops will account for approximately 10 percent .Lighting and electrical will take up about 10 percent of the budget, and miscellaneous like flooring, backsplash, and plumbing will cost about 20 percent. Installation can cost about 15 percent and appliances about 15 percent. Of course, these are estimates, but they help put the price into perspective.

If you skip the appliances, that's fifteen percent you can dedicate to other portions of the kitchen. Overall, you can expect a remodel including appliances to cost about $100 to $250 per square foot, or between $21,000 and $51,000. But, again, the prices can range higher or lower depending on many factors, including the location and quality of the new additions. 

When should appliances be installed in a kitchen remodel?

Appliances are one of the last items added to a kitchen install. After the appliances, the only items to add are fixtures, hardware, backsplash, and finishing details. As they are the last items on the list, it gives you plenty of time to pick the perfect items for your kitchen. Furthermore, this will help you plan your budget and focus on the items in the remodel that are the most important to your design.  

What types of appliances are the easiest to update?

Appliances not built into the kitchen are the easiest to install, like a refrigerator or oven. Other appliances that require more work and may necessitate professional installation, such as a range, over-the-stove microwave, or dishwasher, necessitate more work and may necessitate professional installation.In addition, some people do less cooking and may want to focus on specific appliances over others. Think about what appliances matter the most to you and discuss it with your designer to help prioritize the appliances that matter the most to you. 

Are appliances included in a kitchen remodel?

Most kitchen designers factor in the cost of new appliances into the cost of a remodel. Usually, they work on percentages, such as the 15 percent above. The percentage will determine the amount of money in the budget and affect the quality of the appliances. If you tell the designer you want to keep your current appliances, it will change the budget to reflect no appliances. 

What is considered a kitchen appliance?

Any appliances used to prepare food or for the care of kitchen items count as kitchen appliances. From there, the appliances are broken into large and small appliances. The latter refers to coffee makers, crock pots, and other smaller countertop gadgets. Large appliances include refrigerators, built-in microwaves, ranges, and dishwashers. 

What are the essential kitchen appliances?

Essential kitchen appliances can change depending on the family. However, no kitchen is complete without a stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Many families will also want smaller appliances such as a coffee maker, stand mixer, crockpot, electric pressure cooker, mini grill, and an air fryer. While not all of these are essential, they can be for specific cooks. 

How often should you replace your kitchen appliances?

The majority of appliances will last you 10 to 15 years if used regularly. So, if something goes wrong after ten years, you should expect further issues to arise. Even if you get it fixed, there's a good risk that something else may go down over time. Let's talk about each kitchen appliance. 

Dishwashers can cut cleaning time in half and reduce water usage, but they require an upgrade every ten years. 

Refrigerators can last up to 13 years but should be replaced when they show signs of not keeping food at the right temperature. 

Ranges and ovens can last for up to 15 years before they need to be replaced. However, cracked glass or ceramic tops may require replacement sooner. Gas ranges and ovens can last a couple of years longer. 

Garbage disposals last about 12 years and may need to be replaced more often, depending on usage. 

Microwaves have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years but can last longer, depending on usage. 

Coffee makers and other small appliances will last about 5 to 10 years, depending on usage and quality. 

Should you hire a professional designer for a kitchen remodel?

While a minor cabinet switch, appliance replacement, or cosmetic makeover can be done on your own, a large overhaul should be handled by a kitchen designer. Hiring a professional designer can help you save money on the overall cost of the redesign while also allowing you to create the kitchen of your dreams.

Consider hiring a professional designer for your kitchen remodel if your kitchen does not 

flow; you want to add value to your home, want all the newest technology, are renovating an older home, want a complete overhaul, or if your kitchen is tiny and cramped. Professionals can make a kitchen both beautiful and functional as they have done remodeling and know the whole process. 

Moreover, if you want to remodel multiple parts of your home, a professional can help with flow and function. They can also improve the aesthetics of your kitchen as they know all the ins and outs of remodeling. If you find yourself overwhelmed and having a hard time tracking the process, save yourself some stress and allow a professional to do what they do best.  

Professionals can coordinate all of the different elements, from workers to plumbing, along with finding designs that function. They often have long-term working relationships with manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, and more, which makes for a better price and finished product. Furthermore, a professional can create long-lasting value that will improve the quality of your home. If you ever sell, the remodel can be an asset. 

While handling a remodel yourself may appear to be less expensive without the contacts and knowledge of what to do and what to avoid,Also, your time is valuable, and if time is more important to you than cost, allow someone else to take over the timing process of a remodel. Professionals can get a remodel done faster than the average homeowner and for less money, too, with a better-finished product.

Conclusion

Kitchen remodels often include new appliances to complement a new look. Hiring a professional can make the process easier, and with Skipp, you can save money in the process with this impressive four-step system. You'll be a part of the process, adding personal touches and collaborating with professionals eager to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us today and let us help you decide if you should keep or replace your kitchen appliances, along with handling the rest of the remodeling process for you. 

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