Did you know that remodeling your kitchen is one of the most common home additions that people do these days? The kitchen is one of the hotspots of most houses. People are constantly coming in and out of the kitchen, getting food, talking on the phone and using the kitchen a socialization point of the entire house. We’ve talked to a whole bunch of contractors who’ve told us that kitchen work can be some of the most difficult yet most rewarding for both the home owner and the contractor. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you should strive for if you are seriously considering undertaking a kitchen remodeling.
1)Is your contractor reliable? I cannot count the number of friends that I have who have had problems with contractors. Kitchen remodeling is no different. If you hire a contractor to redo your kitchen, make sure they come with great references from uninterested parties. There is nothing worse than have a kitchen that is only 1/2 way done after the contractor decides to disappear midway through the job.
2)Is your kitchen so complex that you will end up paying a ton of money? We know several people who had unrealistic expectations before getting their kitchens remodeled. They either ended up with a kitchen that was not as nice as they wanted or they ended up paying through the nose. Be realistic about what you want and what you can afford.
3)Are you informed about the kitchen remodeling process? Without knowledge of the kitchen remodeling process, points #1 and #2 aren’t really all that important. Like everything, there are tricks and tips to make sure that your project comes out looking fantastic while not paying too much money. The insiders know exactly what to do and what to say to make sure that their project turns out looking like the kitchen of their dreams. Get informed on the entire process before investing your time and your energy on a kitchen that doesn’t turn out how you want it. It’s not that hard to learn, but learning about kitchen remodeling is well worth your time.
What’s the secret to a successful kitchen remodel? Consumer Reports asked contractors and homeowners who have renovated. Good planning is one key to avoiding common design goofs like these.