It’s that time, again. Your kitchen is looking like it has been around since the early 1980s, and you are over it. From outdated cabinets and hardware, to dulled paint and inconvenient layouts, it’s time to consider your next move.
But what exactly is the right move to make? Where is the best place to start and are there aspects you can consider early on in the planning process that might save you big later on?
This short guide will help you quick start your kitchen remodel and get your wheels spinning with ideas that fit your style, budget and functional needs…
Budget Your Plans
Budget for everything.
After you’ve budgeted for all the obvious costs, budget for the unexpected. Because as all of us who have gone through remodels and renovations know….nothing ever goes 100% according to plan. And when things go “off the reservation”, that typically means bigger associated costs.
By tucking away a little extra, you will be prepared for whatever unexpected costs come along.
The Devil Truly is in the Details as they Say
Know exactly what you want from the remodel/update.
Pick out your design choices and be decisive before the work begins. If something isn’t decided beforehand, it will have to be dealt with during the remodel. This can cause extra costs and a delay in completion. The last thing you want is to be the bottleneck in your own renovation.
Find a Trustworthy Contractor
It’s tempting to go with the lowest bidder or attempt to do the remodel yourself, but this can end up costing you more in the long run. You want to make sure that you’re employing a trustworthy professional, while not getting overcharged.
You don’t need to go with the highest bid, but bear in mind you often do get what you pay for. Find a reliable contractor with reasonable “middle of the road” rates that come recommended or has high ratings and a track record of successful kitchen updates under their belt.
Questions to Ask Before Beginning
There are a few important questions to consider before beginning your remodel:
- What needs to be updated?
- What issues need to be solved?
- What kind of space do you need in your kitchen?
- What theme will be a timeless influence in your house?
- What are the most important aspects of a kitchen to you?
By answering these questions, you can determine what areas need to be a focal point of your remodel.
Preparing Your Old Kitchen
Before the remodel starts, there are a few steps you must take to prepare your kitchen:
- Turn off your electric, water, and gas
- Rent a dumpster for trash
- Remove all appliances and empty all cabinets
- Cover your floors with a drop cloth.
Once this has all been taken care of, your kitchen is ready for demolition.
Other Factors to Consider
Everyone loves new cabinets and a shiny countertop, but there is more to a remodel than that! It is important to update the following:
- Your cabinets’ inner structures
This is your opportunity to get as much done as possible at the same time. Remember to stay within budget but remember that it will be cheaper to do while you are already in there.
Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
At Northeast Kitchen and Flooring, we will help you design the perfect kitchen remodel. Our expert designers know just the right products for your kitchen, and we can make suggestions to help you stay on budget.
Designing a kitchen remodel can be a fun experience, and the final product is amazing. Let’s work together to design the perfect kitchen for your life!