Need A Kitchen Makeover?
Homeowners spend a lot more money on their kitchen remodeling projects than on any other home improvement project. One of the reasons is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return in comparison to other rooms in the house. However, it is vitally important to take the proper steps and make wise decisions if you are to maximize your return on investment.
How long should you spend planning?
If you want to do it properly, it might 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 at least six months planning. This seems like a bit too much, but it would definitely help you to be absolutely sure about everything decision you have to make before any remodeling beings. The longer time you spend planning the less likely it is that you will discover a some fancy new component that you want to incorporate that could bring the construction process to a temporary halt.
Proper preparation 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. Always remember that disrupting the construction process will likely inflate construction costs and ultimately impact your return on investment.
Limit your structural changes
If you choose to start tearing down walls, or moving plumbing pipes and electrical outlets your remodeling costs will increase dramatically. With all the unexpected issues that can potentially come from this, it is best to simply leave the kitchen as structurally intact as possible. You will not only save money on demolition and reconstruction costs, but you will also cut the amount of debris you will have to deal with during your project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
Many homeowners make the mistake of focusing on kitchen appliances and tools rather than the overall design and ultimate efficiency of their kitchen. 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 investing your money in features that are more long term and add reasonable value, such as cabinets or new flooring.
Don’t forget to measure
You will likely add a few new features into your kitchen, but it is equally important to find out whether they will actually fit. You might want an extra-large fridge, but if it won’t fit through your door then you will have to decide on a different size. To put it simply, don’t purchase any large items before you make sure they can fit through the door. This will mean taking measurements of your doorways, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. It is best to make certain that you have all of the fixtures and materials on hand before any construction actually begins.
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Make quality your top priority
Even though it is a good idea to be careful about throwing your money around on unnecessarily expensive kitchen items, it is just as important to choose functionality and durability, and this won’t always come cheap. Cheap bargains may allow for a lean budget, but they tend to cost you a lot more in the long run. You can instead opt for products that combine long warranty periods and low maintenance. Countertops are a prime example of this. High quality countertops may appear to be pricey at first glance, but several years from now when they still look beautiful it will be money well spent.
As part of your plan, make room for the unexpected. Regardless of 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 must have it done in January, then it would make sense to plan to complete the project by November to be on the safe side.
When should you call us to help?
Having professional help in Salem, Oregon for the planning phases is a sure way to guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling. Pros know how to simplify what would otherwise seem complicated. 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. We always maintain open lines of communication with our clients. This keeps us all on the same page, and makes sure that we keep the project on budget.
Are you considering a kitchen remodel for your Salem home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the process 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 kitchen of your dreams. Contact us at (503) 342-8234 today to arrange an appointment.