Planning a Kitchen Renovation? Here Are 9 Things That You Need to Know First
Think you’re ready to create the kitchen you’ve always been dreaming about? You’ve spent countless hours perusing magazines, blogs and Pinterest looking for designs to use. You think you have saved enough for your kitchen renovation. You’ve even found a reputable contractor. Does this mean that it’s a green light for the kitchen remodel?
Not just yet.
Here are a few crucial matters that you need to be aware of before proceeding with the renovation of your kitchen.
Set a budget
The quickest way to waste money with a renovation project is to proceed without a set budget. Before even proceeding with the planning and design stage of the project, you should have a rough idea of how much it will cost you and how much you truly can afford.
Having a budget allows you to avoid overspending. And even if you think you have enough money for the remodel, you need to make an allowance for unforeseen costs. Here, it pays to be flexible. If you’re willing to swap some of your wants for needs, you can find a happy medium for your dream kitchen and your available budget. Be sure to discuss your budget with your contractor so that you can have a fair idea of what to expect as well as possible alternatives.
Consider the timelines
Simply put, kitchen remodels can leave your home in a big mess. If you think that it will take just a few weeks to complete a project, your contractor can give you a realistic timeframe. In turn, this will allow you to make the necessary arrangements, like renting a storage space.
Plumbing works can complicate the project
You might have a specific idea of the look that you want to achieve for your kitchen. However, pursuing that idea can turn even the simplest projects into complex ones, especially if it involves additional plumbing works. Again, talk with your contractor so that you’ll know how much that idea will cost you, and find out about cheaper alternatives you can try.
Pay attention to codes and regulations
Some types of works involved in a kitchen remodel require securing the pertinent permits from the local government. Make sure that you do not cut corners. Otherwise, you can undermine the value of your home when you are planning to sell it or refinance it. Take note that lenders and potential buyers want remodeled homes which comply with prevailing building codes.
Everything in its rightful place
During the design stage, you should have a fair idea of the kitchen equipment and tools you own. Here, you’d like to make sure that your new kitchen can accommodate all your cooking tools and implements.
Is your current ventilation system sufficient?
All those odors in your kitchen have to go somewhere, right? Check with your contractor if your home’s vents are sufficient or if additional work is required.
Shopping for appliances
When shopping for appliances, you have to find the right balance between your wants and the resale value. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, choose appliances which will appeal to the broadest number of potential buyers.
Function over form
Envision how you would like to use your kitchen and then let the design emanate from that. Your goal is to have a kitchen that looks good but also allows you to enjoy the activities that you like.
If you are thinking about a kitchen renovation for your home, contact Turek’s Plumbing in Fox Cities today.