Kitchen Remodeling: Top Strategies Before You Start
Aside from putting an addition on an existing home or building a new home entirely, a complete kitchen remodeling project is probably the most involved as well as the most desired home renovation project.
Considering the investment of both time and money associated with a whole kitchen remodeling, it is highly recommended that the homeowner spend a significant amount of time researching and collecting ideas before initiating a project.
Here are a few ideas and suggestions to keep in mind going forward once you have made the decision to remodel your kitchen.
5 Top Tips Before Your Start Your Kitchen Remodeling Project
- Ask Around
Do you have friends or neighbors who may have recently completed a kitchen remodel? Ask to come see their space and don’t be afraid to ask questions about why they chose specific products or a particular layout.
Don’t forget to ask about their favorite new feature and/or whether there’s something they wish they had done differently. Be sure to take notes of what you liked or didn’t like, words of caution, or other advice.
- Utilize Pinterest
If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, it may be a good idea to create one. Pinterest isn’t just a place to look for children’s birthday party ideas.
Though Pinterest can be overwhelming, if you start perusing without a specific category in mind, it can also be a wonderful resource if you take some time to learn how to navigate the site. Creating an account will allow you to start virtual ‘boards’ on which you can begin organizing and pinning kitchen pictures and ideas.
- Determine Your Budget
How much are you looking to spend on the project? Once you know what you are looking to have done in your kitchen, make a list of items in order of priority.
What items are you willing to splurge on and where are you willing to compromise? Don’t forget to plan for the unexpected! A good rule of thumb is to add a 10-15% cushion onto your budget for any unexpected repairs or unforeseen obstacles.
- Get an Estimate – or Three
Once you have an idea of how you would like your kitchen to look, it’s time to call in the professionals for a quote. It’s a wise idea to call in more than one contracting company for estimates on the project.
Don’t automatically go with the contractor or company that provides the lowest quote. It is important to look for skill and experience when it comes to hiring professionals for a home renovation project. Don’t be afraid to ask for photos of work completed by the individual or company in the past.
- Communication is Key
Once you’ve chosen the individual or company for the job, make sure your contractor understands the vision you have for your new kitchen. In addition, it’s important to be on the same page as far as which days and times will be devoted to the project and how long it will take to complete.
In conclusion, using these five pre-planning strategies will help you in your goal to remodel your kitchen before your start.
Are you considering a partial or full kitchen renovation? Contact Renovations Roofing and Remodeling, Inc. today for a consultation, and let us help you design the kitchen of your dreams.
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