The kitchen is considered to be the epicenter of the home. It is where the action takes place—where the family shares meals, entertains friends, makes memories, and discusses weighty matters. Of all the rooms in the house, it is important to make the kitchen look organized, stylish, and inviting.
Because the kitchen is the hub of the home, often with lots of foot traffic, it is also one of the first areas that may need to be remodeled. When it’s time to sell a home, an upgraded kitchen can go a long way to increasing the home’s value.
If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, consider the following do’s and don’ts before getting started:
- DO research contractors – Do not just go with the cheapest contractor or the one who can get the job done the fastest. Do your research to find a reputable and dependable one. If you have not had extensive experience with making home improvements, do not attempt to remodel your kitchen on your own. Leave it to the carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other professionals who excel in their designated fields. Price is an important deciding factor, but it should not be the only one. Check the background of the contractors by looking at their online reviews, licenses, and work portfolios. Contact references and be wary of any red flags.
- DON’T rush through planning and designing – It’s hard to function without a kitchen for an extended period of time. Thus, you might be tempted to pressure your contractor to hurry your project along. A rushed job could lead to cut corners and add up to big problems later. Hold your contractor to deadlines, but understand that a kitchen overhaul is one of the more time consuming home improvement projects.
- DO budget accordingly – If the contractor tells you that you will spend $20,000 for the remodeling project, make sure you have at least $25,000 or more in reserve. Rarely do home improvement projects stay exactly within their allotted budget. It’s important to accommodate for contingencies that will arise once the remodeling project begins. You can almost be sure that some unforeseen expenses will crop up.
Kitchen remodels are never easy, but if you do your research, hire the right people, and expect the unexpected, you can stay sane through the process. When you are enjoying family dinner in your beautiful new kitchen, you’ll find that it was well worth the trouble.