Need A Kitchen Makeover?
Homeowners spend a lot more money on their kitchen remodeling projects than on just about every other home improvement project. One of the reasons is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return when compared to other areas in the house. However, it is vitally important to take the proper steps and make smart choices if you are to increase your return on investment.
How long should you spend planning?
If you want to do it right, it might take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the actual construction does. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends spending at least six months planning so you are absolutely sure about every little thing by the time construction begins. This way, you won’t have the problem of discovering new things along the way that you want to include that could interrupt the construction process.
Proper planning will also ensure that you are inconvenienced for a limited length of time during construction. It will also help you stay on budget and might even reduce your costs. Keep in mind that disrupting the construction process will likely increase construction costs and negatively impact your return on investment.
Avoid structural changes if possible
One sure fire way to drive up your remodeling costs is to decide to move your electrical outlets, plumbing pipes or knocking down walls. These often lead to unanticipated problems, so if at all possible, try to leave the water fixtures, appliances and walls where they currently are. Not only will you reduce your demo costs, but there also won’t be anywhere near the same level of debris to deal with during the project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
A word of advice, you should really focus on the overall efficiency and design of your kitchen as opposed to getting too hung up on kitchen appliances and tools. You may have your eye on a luxury brand refrigerator or commercial grade cooker, but will they actually fit your cooking needs and lifestyle? Experts recommend concentrating your dollars on features that are more long term and increase value, such as cabinets or new flooring.
Do your new features fit?
Whichever new features you decide to add, you should be certain you can actually get them into the kitchen. Case in point, your doorway size might limit your ability to get the extra-large fridge you want. Simply put, don’t buy any oversized items before you check to be sure they can get in the door. This will mean measuring your doors, counters, walkways and even ceiling height. It’s a good idea to be certain that you have all of the fixtures and materials on hand before any construction actually begins.
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Always choose quality
While you certainly don’t want to blow you money on all sorts of overly expensive luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items now that don’t last. Low-quality bargains may allow for a smaller budget, but they will ultimately cost you a lot more in the long term. The trick is to find the sweet spot between high quality and affordability. You also might want to focus on products with long warranty periods and low maintenance requirements. Case in point, good quality countertops may seem pricey at the outset, but will look great for a long time to come.
As with any venture like this you should always be prepared for the unexpected. No matter how much time you spend planning your remodeling job, there’s virtually no way to avoid an occasional unwelcome surprise. For instance, it’s always worthwhile to add a little leeway for the completion of your project. If you must have it done in January, then it would be wise to plan to finish the project by November just in case.
When should you call us to help?
Getting the pros from the start, as early as the planning phase, is a smart way to make certain that remodeling the kitchen in your Sherwood home will be a success. Pros know how to simplify what would otherwise seem extremely complex. We can make you aware all the potential dangers that you must avoid to save yourself a lot of money, and hassle as well. It is also extremely important to maintain open lines of communication with your remodeling contractor. This helps us remain on the same page, and makes it easier to keep the project on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Sherwood home? Steve’s Home Improvement is your perfect home remodeling partner. We are a team of professional home and kitchen remodeling contractors that will be by your side every step of the way and create the kitchen of your dreams. For a free, no obligation consultation give us a call at (503) 342-8234.