Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to remodeling projects, the kitchen is the area that homeowners spend the most on. The good news is that the costs of kitchen remodeling can be recovered by the increase in value added to your home. Having said that, it is vitally important to take the correct steps and make smart decisions if you are to increase your return on investment.
How much time should you take to plan?
If you plan your kitchen remodel properly, it might actually take you as long to plan that it will take you to carry out the actual construction, or longer. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association advises spending at least six months planning so you are sure about everything by the time the remodeling starts. The longer time you spend planning the less likely it is that you will discover a some newfangled component that you want to incorporate that could interrupt the construction process.
Proper preparation will also make certain 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. Always remember that disrupting the construction process will likely increase construction costs and have a negative impact your return on investment.
Limit your structural changes
If you decide to start tearing down walls, or moving plumbing pipes and electrical outlets your remodeling costs will increase dramatically. With all the unforeseen problems that can potentially come from this, it is best to leave the kitchen structurally intact. You will not only save on demolition and reconstruction costs, but you will also cut the amount of debris and dust you will have to deal with during your project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
A word of advice, you really should place emphasis on the overall efficiency and design of your kitchen rather than getting too hung up on kitchen tools and appliances. You may have your eye on a luxury brand refrigerator or commercial grade cooker, but will they actually fit your cooking needs and lifestyle? Long term items such and flooring and cabinets are where you should really focus your investment.
Do your new features fit?
Regardless of what new features you decide to add, you should be sure you can actually get them in the kitchen. Case in point, your doorway size might limit your ability to get the super capacity refrigerator you want. I may be obvious to you, but many times people overlook that any large items that you buy for your kitchen have to make it through your front door. This will mean taking measurements of your doorways, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. It is a bad idea to begin construction until you have all the materials on hand.
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Make quality your top priority
While you certainly don’t want to waste money on a bunch of unnecessary luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items now that don’t last. What may seem like a good deal now might cost you more in time. The key is to find that sweet spot between affordabiliy and high quality. You also might want to focus on products with long warranty periods and low maintenance requirements. For instance, good quality countertops may seem really expensive at the start, but will still look fantastic for a long time to come.
Expect the unexpected
As with any venture such as this you should always be prepared for the unexpected. It doesn’t matter how much time you take to plan your remodeling job, there’s no way to avoid an occasional unwanted surprise. That is why, it is always wise to allow yourself a little wiggle room within your project. If you have to have it completed by December for example, then plan for the project to close in October to be on the safe side.
When is it time to call the professionals?
Getting professional help from the very start, as early as the planning stage, is a smart way to make certain that remodeling the kitchen in your Hillsboro home will be a success. You may feel overwhelmed from the beginning, but our team has years of experience to help streamline the process. Our expert skills would could help you foresee potential problems which you will be able to avoid and save yourself a lot of money in the process. It is also crucial to maintain open lines of communication with your remodeling contractor. This helps us remain on the same page, and makes sure that we keep the project on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Hillsboro home? Steve’s Home Improvement is your perfect home remodeling partner. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will walk with you every step of the way and create the dream kitchen you want. Give us a call at (503) 342-8234 today to schedule a consultation.