How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a Kitchen in Iowa?

posted Jasmyne Green 4/9/2021 in Homeowners

Are you dreaming of a brand-new kitchen for your Iowa home? In this article, we’ll explore the average costs associated with renovating a kitchen, the steps in the renovation process, and the return on investment you can anticipate. Have questions about financing? Our friendly and experienced Iowa-based lenders can help. Contact us to discuss your specific situation.

Depending on the scope of your kitchen renovation, you should plan to spend an average of $25,000.

Average cost to remodel a kitchen in Iowa

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to remodel a kitchen is $13,339-$37,689. In Iowa, sources put the average cost right in the middle of that range, at about $26,000. Keep in mind that the cost of your kitchen remodel will depend on a variety of factors including the size of the space, the quality of materials you choose, and fluctuating prices for materials and labor. Here’s some additional context to help you create a budget for your project:

"On average, our customers spend about $25,000 on their kitchen remodel in the Des Moines, IA area. However, they can start as low as $10,000 and exceed $40,000 depending on the kitchen and design,” according to HomeWorx.

Similarly, Home Indeed says: "The cost for a small kitchen remodel in Iowa is typically about $23,000, according to Remodeling’s 2020 Cost vs. Value report."

Timeline For a Kitchen Remodel 

Once you’ve decided on your budget, your next question will be, “how long am I going to be without my kitchen? Your kitchen remodel timeline will depend on the scope of the project, but on average it could take 6-8 weeks. A larger or more complex custom project could take longer, and a smaller project or partial remodel could be shorter than six weeks.

What to Expect

The steps involved in most kitchen remodels include:

  • Preliminary: Set a budget, hire a contractor, and make design choices.
  • Permitting: Your contractor should apply for permits for you, which can take a few weeks to go through the approval process.
  • Ordering: Again, your contractor may purchase and pick up these items for you or you can do it yourself. Before the demolition process begins, order cabinets, appliances, flooring, countertops, tile backsplash, etc.
  • Packing: Yes, you’ll need to pack up your entire kitchen, or at least the areas affected by the remodel. This is a good opportunity to get rid of things you no longer use.
  • Temporary kitchen: Sure, you could eat takeout for every meal during your remodel, but that can get old quickly (not to mention expensive and unhealthy). Consider a makeshift kitchen area, such as moving your fridge and microwave into the dining room. If your remodel occurs during warm weather, a grill can help you make easy and nutritious meals at home even when you don’t have a stove.
  • Demolition: Within a week, your contractors will demo your existing kitchen. Beware: this step is loud and dusty! If working from home, you may want to find a different place to work during demolition.
  • Structural changes: This step won’t apply to every remodel, but if you’re moving walls around or adding new windows or doorways, now is when they’ll be framed out.
  • Plumbing/mechanical/electrical: Again, if things are getting moved around or new utilities need to be added, now is the time.
  • Drywall/painting: New drywall is added (if applicable) and new/existing walls are painted.
  • Flooring: Most types of flooring need to be installed before the new cabinets.
  • Finish construction: Now things start to come together and you feel like the sacrifices were worth it as you watch the cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and appliances you picked out get installed.
  • Cleanup: The contractors will clean up the construction zone and then you can move into your new kitchen. Enjoy! 

It could take between 6-8 weeks to complete an average kitchen remodel, depending on the complexity of the project.

Choosing materials for your kitchen remodel 

As mentioned earlier, the types of materials you choose for your kitchen remodel can have a big impact on the total cost. Let’s take a look at the primary categories you’ll need to choose from and sample costs:

  • Cabinets: Choose between stock designs, semi-custom, and custom (with the latter being the most expensive choice). Also choose between MDF (fiberboard), plywood, and genuine wood cabinets. Real wood is the most expensive, but the price also varies depending on the type of wood you choose. Overall, the average price range for new cabinets is $4,000-$13,000.
  • Flooring: Tile is the most common type of kitchen flooring, but hardwoods and laminate/vinyl are also popular. You can expect to spend $3-$18 per square foot depending on the type of material you choose and the size of your floor. 
  • Countertops: You have a variety of materials to choose from in selecting your new counters from butcher block wood to laminate, tile, granite, quartz, etc. On average, you can expect to spend $40-$100 per square foot.
  • Appliances: You can buy appliances for your new kitchen individually or as a set. Overall, you can expect to spend $320 to $4,030 depending on the make and model you choose.
  • Tile backsplash: $1,000 is the average cost of a new kitchen tile backsplash.

Can a kitchen remodel increase property value? 

Many of today’s homebuyers are looking for “move-in ready” houses and a renovated kitchen is a very desirable feature. While estimates vary on the ROI of a kitchen remodel, you can expect to recoup about 60% of your kitchen remodel costs when you sell your home, making it a very good ROI opportunity. If you plan to sell your home in the near term, talk to a real estate agent first. They can give you a better sense of what homebuyers want, and whether a partial remodel would suffice, in your Iowa real estate market.

A kitchen remodel is an excellent opportunity to increase the value of your home. You can recoup as much as 60% of the remodel costs when you sell your home!

Partner With LSB For Your Kitchen Remodel!

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