Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Are you in the process of doing so? Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, a kitchen renovation is one of the most rewarding home remodeling projects. A home with a newly remodeled kitchen can expect to recoup something to the tune of 75% of the cost during resale. However, it can be easy to make mistakes that will end up costing you time and money. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Do your research. Find the layout, the look, the colors, the paint, everything you will want in your new kitchen. While you may not get everything you want, be ready to present them to the contractor to discuss.
Hire a contractor. Even the most experienced DIY-er will benefit from a professional opinion, and just because you can do something yourself doesn’t mean you necessarily should. Some things, like electrical, should best be handled by a professional.
Think of how you use the kitchen. Is it a gathering place, or do you spend as little time in there as possible? Do you intend to sell the home? What will be the best use of the square footage you already have?
Maximize space where you can. Additional cabinets, cubbies, counterspace, and storage are all plusses when adding onto an existing home, and the kitchen is one of the best places to add it since the kitchen becomes a general workspace in many homes after a while. We all know about the ubiquitous junk drawer. Work with a designer to help you plan a space with loads of extra storage.
Keep your receipts from the remodel for tax purposes. This way, you have a record and can find out if any of it was tax deductible.
Don’t overshoot the neighborhood house costs. Your house isn’t just a solitary unit, and it’s good form to try to stay within the price range of the rest of the neighborhood. It seems silly, but if one house sells for a lot more than the others, then the prices of all the other houses go up, and that can start a chain reaction that can end with lower class buyers being edged out of the price range.
Don’t overspend your budget. While this seems obvious, many remodelers fail to plan for unexpected costs and therefore end up spending way more than they ever intended to. Make a budget, stick to it, and make sure you allow plenty of wiggle room.
Don’t waste time dithering about decisions. Every decision you don’t make is a construction delay that can be costly and irritating to everyone involved, especially for you! Make your decisions as early as possible and stick with them. Some changes are inevitable, but keep them to a minimum.
Don’t distract your contractors. Keep children and pets, and idle chatter, out of the way. Loose lips sink ships—and remodeling projects! The less time you spend bothering your contractors, the faster they will be finished.
With these tools in mind, go forth and transform your kitchen to a modern, efficient space that will keep you and your family happy for years to come.