Budget Process- Step 2

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After determining what type of customer you are (see previous post) you can begin to set some realistic expectations about what you might spend on a kitchen project.

Based on Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, an “average” major kitchen remodel project will cost around $58,000 depending on your area of the US.  I have checked these numbers for my local market and they are reasonable for the project as noted.  Surely, I have projects that run ...

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With this ring, I thee wed … establish a long-term relationship with a 3-ring binder!

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For many years, I’ve observed kitchen & bath consumers became totally confused by all the information available in the market and on the web about doing a kitchen or bath project.  I affectionately refer to their condition as, “paralysis by analysis”.  Some of this information is valuable; other information is rubbish.    Here’s my first recommendation to make this process run smoother, regardless of the size and scope of your kitchen or bath project.

Buy a 3 ring ...

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Organizing the kitchen binder … a place for everything and everything in its place

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Over the last 3+ decades, clients have brought in a number of kitchen project file folders containing newspaper clippings and magazine articles which show photos of  products they like.    More often than not, the client looks at the clipping and can’t remember what it was that he liked!

Remember the notebook paper that you put in your binder mentioned in my last post?   When you cut out an article or photo, glue stick it to ...

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The Budgeting Process – Step 1: Define who you are

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One of the most mysterious processes in a kitchen or bath project is learning how to develop a budget that is realistic, based on your wants and needs.  With reality show producers throwing money at their projects and consumers believing that the professionals are out to rob them, it’s no wonder that the process is confusing.  It will take a few posts to cover this subject.  Stick with me because it will be worth it!

The very ...

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