Need A Kitchen Makeover?
Homeowners invest a good deal more money on their kitchen remodeling projects than on any other home improvement project. The good news is that kitchen remodeling costs can be recovered by the value they add to your home. Having said that, it is vitally important to take the right steps and make practical decisions if you are to maximize your return on investment.
How much time should you take to plan?
If you want to do it properly, it might actually take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the actual construction does. You may not believe this, the National Kitchen and Bath Association actually advocates that you spend a minimum of six months preparing. While this may seem like a bit of overkill, but it would definitely help you to be certain about everything before any remodeling beings. This way, you won’t have the problem of discovering new things along the way that you want to add that could disrupt the construction process.
Proper planning will also ensure that you are inconvenienced for a minimal length of time during construction. More importantly it could save you some money in the long run, and at least help you to adhere to your budget. The last thing you want to do is interrupt the construction process once it has begun. This would likely result in additional construction costs and negatively affect your return on investment.
Keep structural changes to a minimum
One sure fire way to increase your remodeling costs is to change the location of your electrical outlets, plumbing pipes or knocking down walls. These often lead to unanticipated problems, so whenever possible, try to keep the water fixtures, appliances and walls where they currently are. You’ll not only save on demolition and reconstruction costs, but you will also cut the amount of debris and dust you will have to contend with during your project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
A word of advice, you should really place emphasis on the overall efficiency and design of your kitchen instead of getting too hung up on kitchen tools and appliances. The luxury brand refrigerator may seem like a need, but if it negatively impacts the budget and makes you cut corners that ultimately reduce your kitchens functionality then you will probably regret it. Long lasting items such and cabinets and flooring are where you should really put your money.
Don’t forget to measure
You will likely add a small number of new features into your kitchen, but it is equally important to determine whether they will actually fit. You might want an extra-large refrigerator, but if it won’t fit through your door then you will have to decide on a different model. In other words, don’t purchase any oversized items before you check to be sure they can make it through the door. This will mean taking measurements of your doorways, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. It is also recommended to acquire all your fixtures and materials before construction starts.
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Go for quality
Although it is important to be careful about splashing your money on unnecessarily expensive kitchen items, it is just as important to go for durability and functionality, and this may not come cheap. What may seem like a good deal now might end up costing you more in the long run. The key is to find the sweet spot between affordabiliy and high quality. You should also focus on products with low maintenance requirements and long warranty periods. There is no better example of this than countertops. High quality countertops may seem expensive at first, but several years from now when they still look striking it will be money well spent.
You should always leave room for the unexpected. No matter how much time you spend planning your remodeling job, there’s no way to avoid an occasional unwanted surprise. For example, it’s always worthwhile to create a little leeway for completing the project. If you have to have it done in January, then it would make sense to plan to finish the project by November to be on the safe side.
Where do professionals come in?
Getting professional help from the start, as early as the planning phase, is a safe way to guarantee that remodeling the kitchen in your Gladstone home will be a success. You may feel stressed out from the beginning, but our team has years of experience to help simplify the entire process. We can make you aware all the potential pitfalls that you need to avoid to save yourself a lot of hassle, and money as well. We always maintain open lines of communication with our clients. This ensures that you are always see eye-to-eye, and it will definitely makes easier for you stay on budget.
Are you considering a kitchen remodel for your Gladstone home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the project as stress free as possible. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will walk with you every step of the way and deliver the dream kitchen you want. Give us a call at (503) 342-8234 today to schedule a free estimate.