How To Plan A Kitchen Remodel
If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to leave this to the experts, and contact a kitchen remodeling contractor to get the job done. This will cost you more money than doing it yourself, but it also saves you the time, and effort of doing it yourself, while guaranteeing professional results that can add value to your property.
However, a kitchen remodel is a pretty significant investment. If you want to do it right, this isn’t something that you should do on impulse. Planning your remodel with a kitchen remodeling contractor at your side is the best way to get the outcome you want, but how do you do this?
Do Your Research
The first step is inspiration. Figure out what it is that you want out of your kitchen remodel, whether that’s increasing your property value, or making your dream kitchen so that your home is more truly your own. Once you know what you want, do some research on the Internet to start to look at kitchen designs that you find inspiring or appealing. Take this a step further and go showrooms or other places where they have faux kitchens assembled so you can walk in the space and see if this something that you could be happy with in real life, or discover that the picture is less than practical once you have to navigate the space.
Do The Math
Once you know what you generally want out of a kitchen remodel, it’s time to start getting realistic. Start gathering up the numbers you’ll need, from your dream kitchen, and compare that with the budget that you’re willing to allocate towards your kitchen remodel. If this is your dream kitchen, you may find that even if the total cost is $60,000 because of the custom cabinets and rare woods used in the butcher’s block counter, it’s worth it.
On the other hand, if you’re remodeling the kitchen because you plan to move out, and you just want something a bit more modern to raise the asking price of the home, you may budget less flamboyantly. Always shoot for a number you’re comfortable. But then, as a precaution, be prepared to add on, at minimum a 20% cost for contingencies.
Prepare Your Alternatives
If you’re moving out of your home, a kitchen remodel isn’t going to be much of an issue to you in terms of convenience. However, if you’re staying at home while the work is getting done, you’re going to need to reorganize some of your life and activities while this work is being done.
Pets, for instance, should be confined while the work is being done, so that an errant dog or cat doesn’t cause trouble, or, worse yet, accidentally come to harm. Barriers like plastic should go up while the work is in progress to prevent sawdust, dirt, and other particles from drifting into other parts of the home.
If you make sure you consult carefully with a kitchen remodeling contractor and make the appropriate preparations, you’ll have a smooth experience, with a beautiful kitchen at the end of it, and budget that’s still under control.