Remodeling your kitchen can be a big project. Before you get started, you should make sure you have done your research and know what you’re doing. It is better to be prepared than to go into a project unsure of what to do.
Here are 7 things you need to know when remodeling your kitchen:
1. It’s worth it to pay for a designer
When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you have a lot of things to pay for. To keep costs down, you might skip hiring a designer to help you out. In reality, hiring a designer is one of the best ways to ensure the project goes smoothly. A designer has years of experience and has the knowledge needed to make the job successful. Plus, if you run into any issues or have a question, the designer is ready to help.
You will notice that home improvement stores also offer help from in-store designers. This help is typically free to customers. Though these in-store designers can help, they shouldn’t take the place of professional designers. Often, they do not have the same expertise. It’s always a good idea to get help from a professional designer instead.
2. You can stick to a cosmetic upgrade if you’re moving soon
If you’re in the market for a new home, you might be tempted to remodel your kitchen to help it sell. This isn’t a bad idea, but some homeowners spend too much money on remodeling their home before they sell it. A complete renovation isn’t necessary if you’re planning on moving in the next few years.
A better idea is to stick to a cosmetic upgrade. You can easily paint the cabinets and replace the drawer pulls. Replace the light fixtures or install a new faucet. Simple cosmetic upgrades where they are needed are a more cost-effective option than a total renovation. Then, you can put that leftover money into renovating your new kitchen.
3. You don’t need to start from scratch
When some homeowners begin remodeling their kitchens, they think they need to start over completely. In reality, there are plenty of things in your existing kitchen that will work with the remodel. Take a look at your kitchen and decide what needs to be replaced and what doesn’t.
Make sure you are keeping the things that still work. It can be easy to replace everything in the kitchen, but some of your appliances may still function. You can keep the existing windows. If you don’t relocate your dishwasher and sink, you can keep the plumbing in the same place. Some homeowners uncover beautiful flooring under their old flooring. You can easily save some time, money, and energy by using that existing flooring.
4. It’s a good idea to have a budget before you get started
Before you begin remodeling your kitchen, sit down and come up with a budget. Having a budget will help you to stick to your plan and only spend what is reasonable for your lifestyle. This will also help you to know whether you should remodel now or wait until you have more money saved up.
To come up with a budget, you should do your research. Look into average costs for kitchen remodels. You can also check out average costs for individual pieces of a whole remodel. For example, you could look into marble countertop costs. The cost can vary, but marble countertops are typically around $60 per square foot. This is a real number you can add to your budget.
If you don’t set a budget ahead of time, you will end up overspending. You will be buying things as you continue remodeling your home and you won’t know when to stop. Creating a budget helps you to stay on track. You can also prioritize the most important changes if money is tight.
5. You can leave some of the work to the pros
As mentioned, a kitchen remodel is a big project. Not all homeowners can handle the project on their own, and that’s okay. That’s what the professionals are around for. If you don’t have experience in remodeling a kitchen, it can be helpful to leave some of the work to the professionals.
Some remodeling tasks can be more challenging than others. It’s a good idea to do your research about a project before getting started. You can see the steps you will need to take if you complete the project yourself. If you are questioning your skills, it can be a good idea to ask for help. If you have some experience in an area, you might be able to handle a task by yourself.
6. You should choose your appliances early on
There are a couple of reasons you should choose your appliances early in the kitchen remodel. The main reason is that you will need to plan your cabinets and countertops around your appliances. This is easier to do early in the remodel. If you wait too long, you will be left with limited options.
This is also important because of the cost of appliances. When you are budgeting your project, you should consider how much the appliances are going to cost. Depending on the appliances you want, they could take up a large amount of your budget for the entire remodel. By choosing the appliances you would like early on, you can prepare for those costs in your budget.
7. You can always make other changes later on
Though you may not want to completely remodel your kitchen anytime soon, it’s helpful to know that these changes aren’t permanent. You might not have room in your budget for everything you want to do this time around. You may end up not liking the color you chose for your cabinets.
If it turns out that you would like to make more changes later on, you have the option to do so. It will cost money and will take additional time. There’s no reason that this kitchen remodel needs to be the last change made to your kitchen.
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