Staying Sane During a Kitchen Remodel
January 9, 2013
As many homeowners can attest, when a remodeling project is occurring in the home, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of woes. The contractor isn’t as professional as you had hoped. There’s more work to be done then necessary. The countertop you picked out isn’t fitting in the space it’s meant to. You hate the look of the design!
There are a whole host of problems that people experience when taking on a remodel, and almost all of them can be avoided. Below are some tried and true tips for how to avoid a bad experience with your remodel.
Have a Solid Plan Going In
There is nothing worse than a kitchen remodel that begins without a plan. Not knowing what you’re trying to achieve almost always ends in disappointment with the overall outcome of the project.
Before you meet with professionals to discuss the actual job, you should be aware of:
• The architecture and dimensions of the space
• Your goals: what you want to achieve with the remodel and the current problems you hope that it will solve
• Your stylistic ideas and aspirations
Do Your Homework!
A remodeling project in the home is a major undertaking. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by rushing into it or being naÃ¯ve about the realities of what you’re taking on. Hiring a professional to permanently change your home is no small thing, and it should be treated with the importance it deserves.
When you are considering hiring a contractor, begin by asking for recommendations from friends and neighbors about who they have worked with in the past and what their experiences were. If possible, ask to see the work that the contractor completed, and get really honest opinions from your friends and colleagues about the level of professionalism that they experienced throughout the process.
Whether you’re considering working with a contractor that comes from a personal recommendation or not, it’s absolutely necessary to check a contractor’s references.
Establish a Report With Your Contractor
Your contractor and his or her crew are going to be spending a lot of time in your house. The relationship between you and this team of experts should be professional and respectful. Don’t second-guess everything your contractor does â€“ you hired him or her for a reason. At the same time, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion if something is not going how you expected it would.
Be Aware of Your Budget
In order to achieve what you want to out of your remodel, you have to be realistic about how much you are able to spend, and you must keep the project within those parameters. It’s also always a good idea to have a little bit of a cushion should an unexpected cost arise during the process, which, it almost always does.
The type of appliances you buy, the type of structural remodeling you’re doing, and the materials you choose for countertops and floors will all affect your budget. If you don’t have a working knowledge of price ranges and types of options in each of these categories, it’s a good idea to do a little studying to get yourself up to speed.