How Much Does It Cost To Remodel A Kitchen In Scranton PA


Average Kitchen Remodeling Cost In Scranton PA

There is no doubt that a kitchen renovation can be a significant financial investment. For this reason, it’s important that you properly plan and prepare for this type of remodeling project. I have found that homeowners do not know where to begin, what to expect, or how much a kitchen remodel will cost. 

Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

For a successful and comfortable renovation, planning and preparing for the project are of key importance. Mistakes made here can have a long lasting impact or could cost you additional money. As they say ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’  

Preparing a budget to fit your financial goals is a very good place to start your planning. If you have been saving money or using a loan to complete the renovation, define a budget that you are comfortable.

After you have determined what funds that you have available for the work, you can begin planning, designing, and strategizing your new kitchen.

While there is a wealth of information and inspiration available online, I recommend collaborating with an industry professional.

A great cabinetry designer/supplier or kitchen remodeler can bring expertise and value to help with your planning.

An interior designer or architect can also be an excellent partner for your project, depending on your budget and intended scope of work.

So how much is your new kitchen going to cost you?

According to Remodeling  2018 Cost vs. Value report, the average cost for a minor kitchen remodel in Scranton PA is $20,800.

The average cost of a major kitchen remodel using midrange materials is $62,837.

Upscale kitchen remodels in the Scranton area averaged $124,874.

These figures are slightly below the averages for the Mid Atlantic region. 

In future articles, we will cover typical cost breakdowns for: cabinetry, flooring, appliances, and other major kitchen components.

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What do you need to include in your budget? 

That all depends on your goals, budget, and the condition of your existing kitchen. Typically, the first things that come to mind when planning a kitchen remodel are appliances, cabinetry, and countertops. However, there are many other facets of the project that also must be factored into the cost.

Demolition, flooring, lighting, backsplash, and plumbing/electrical fixtures are all common components of a kitchen remodel and must be considered during planning and budgeting.

Many kitchens found in the older homes of the Scranton area have not been updated in 30-40 years.

Older homes may require more invasive work to rectify framing deficiencies, insulating the walls, leveling of the floors/walls, and modernizing plumbing and electrical systems to modern standards. These cost can add up quickly so be sure to provide an allowance in your budget for this type of work.

The specific needs for your home may vary, it’s best to review these concerns with your contractor.

Always plan for the unexpected. Remodeling projects can be dynamic in nature.

A qualified kitchen remodeler will have knowledge and experience to help identify potential problems and obstacles that may come up during construction.

It’s best for the contractor to factor these scenarios into their conceptual estimate, or at least discuss potential cost up front.

Whether you are remodeling your own kitchen, or hiring a professional, always have reserve funds to cover the expense of unforeseen circumstances and/or changes that may pop up during the project.

Your kitchen contractor can help guide your reserve budget, but 10% – 15% is a general recommendation. 

Upscale kitchen remodel in progress -Wilkes Barre, PA

Upscale kitchen remodel in progress -Wilkes Barre, PA

Prioritize Your Needs 

Establish a list of wants vs. needs for your new kitchen. Simply put, what things would you like to incorporate into your kitchen and what elements must be included in your remodel.

Having your priorities established will help you with creating allowances and getting the most for your money.

It is usually best to reduce the scope of a project to fit a budget, rather than skimping on quality of the goods you purchase. It may be better to do a few components of your kitchen, rather than try to tackle everything.

When corners are cut you will end up with a kitchen plagued with low quality. 

Save Money By Refinishing Your Cabinets.  

Theres no doubt that cabinetry is the most costly component of most kitchen remodels.

Services such as cabinet painting and refacing are a great way to improve the look and quality of a kitchen without the investment in new cabinetry.

Refacing existing cabinets, adding new hardware, crown moulding, quartz or granite counters, and backsplash is often well under half the cost of cabinet replacement. 

Cabinet door painting - Clarks Summit, PA

Cabinet door painting – Clarks Summit, PA

 Return On Investment 

While most clients we work with are not planning on selling their home in the near future, understanding how a remodel may impact the future selling price is still an important consideration. 

Investing wisely in your kitchen will yield the best client satisfaction and provide the best return on invest.

Referencing the cost vs value report, the typical ROI of a minor kitchen remodel, such as cabinet refacing, is over 81%. Upscale kitchen remodels provide a lower ROI at during the sale of a home.

High end components, such as luxury appliances, provide little value to the home when sold. If you have your heart set on a $30K commercial appliance package, make sure your doing it for the right reasons. 

Upscale finishes should be considered, or purchased, to fit your needs, not to meet the needs of a future homebuyer.  

Knowing how to effectively spend your money can help you recoup more money when you sell your home. 


There’s a lot to consider when planning your kitchen remodel. From choosing the perfect finishes to finding the best contractor to complete the work, it can be both an exciting and daunting task. We have been able to match kitchen remodeling projects with a variety of budgets. Having a good plan and making effecient choices help you maximize your budget and satisfaction.  

If you have any questions regarding a kitchen remodel for your home, drop them in the comments below or send us an email.   




NEPA Remodeling offers cabinet painting and full scale kitchen remodeling throughout the greater Scranton PA area. To schedule a consultation for a project in your home, you can easily fill out a request for a phone or in home consultation.  


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