With the arrival of springtime comes the arrival of Dinner parties, evening cookouts and BBQ’s. You’ve already taken time to renovate your home so that it is more elegantly designed than it was before, not to mention you want to impress any visitors that happen to come by. If you want to impress your friends, family and neighbors with your cooking and social skills, it is time for you to invest in renovating your backyard patio. Besides adding a pool and some new landscaping; how about adding an outdoor kitchen to replace your old propane grill?
Incorporating an outdoor kitchen into your patio can do wonders for the value of your home. Not only does it increase the value, it also makes your home more marketable since it is more visually appealing to everyone. This is a new concept that more and more people are choosing to do instead of just investing in an old propane grill.
Having an outdoor kitchen is much more exciting than the pantry in your home. A typical outdoor kitchen can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000 to have installed. It is a trend that has been increasing in popularity over the decade. There are different ways you can design your outdoor kitchen so that it is the envy of all of your friends, family and neighbors. Here are a few handy tips that will save you money and time when you select a contractor to install your new pantry.
Don’t be afraid to patronize new companies. Since you are looking for a way to save some money, hiring a company that is just starting out is not a bad thing to do. Many new companies are hurting for business and they have employees that are skilled and licensed to construct the outdoor pantry of your dreams, if you would give them a chance. After all, everyone has to start somewhere. Using this option can save you thousands of dollars.
Choose to get your new pantry installed during the contractor’s off-season. If you get the work done when the contractor is not inundated with customers and projects that need to be completed. Not only will your patio get completed much faster, you can also negotiate for lower prices. Many homeowners make the mistake of just accepting the price that is stated. Be a cost conscious customer and try your hand at negotiating an even lower price for your new pantry. Many companies will allow you to negotiate at least 2 to 10 percent off the top.
Another way you can save money by not paying full price is to ask the contractor if your project can be used as one of their references. By accepting to do your outdoor pantry as a reference project, the contractor is essentially guaranteeing that your project will be completed with the utmost skill and dedication. They will do their best work so that you will give them a good review and they can show off the details of your project to any of their future prospective clients.