As you may have seen, I am lately sharing tips on how to deal with house upgrades, renovations and so on because our rental home seems to be a never ending work in progress.
But… I can say our kitchen makeover is done, or at least we call it a day for the moment. Today I will be sharing some tips about a kitchen renovation, and tomorrow I will show you ALL the pictures finally, yay!!
We all know remodeling our kitchen can be one of most satisfying home improvement projects. We can upgrade the look and functionality of a space we likely use every day while enjoying the high probability of a significant return on your financial investment. However, a kitchen remodeling project can be challenging, especially if you we living in the home while the work happens. Here are some ways you can simplify the process and reduce the stress of a kitchen renovation.
Prioritize the Changes
Kitchen remodeling projects can vary drastically in terms of scope. Are you resurfacing the counters and repainting the cabinets, or are you gutting the whole space to create an entirely new flow? Before starting your project, take the time to figure out which elements are most important to you. Do you want room for professional-grade appliances? Are you planning to add an island? Once you know what’s most important to you, it’s easier to make decisions on individual tasks.
Consider the Pros and Cons of DIY
Many people think that DIY home improvement projects save a lot of money over contractor-completed renovations. However, this isn’t always the case. DIY projects often take longer and sometimes require special expertise for projects involving plumbing or electrical systems. It may be most efficient to complete some of the work yourself and hire professionals for technical tasks.
Meet With Multiple Contractors
If you are planning to hire professionals for some or all of the project, it’s usually best to get estimates from several contractors before selecting one. It’s a good idea to ask for detailed bids with clear line items and timelines. Once you choose a contractor, make sure you understand all the terms of the contract before you sign it.
Work in Zones When Possible
If you are completely redesigning your kitchen, chances are you won’t be able to use any part of it during the construction process. However, if you are only changing specific areas, it may be possible to complete the work in stages, allowing you to still have some functionality.
The financial costs of a kitchen remodel can be one of the main sources of stress for many people. Unexpected charges, long contractor timelines, and changing appliance prices can all cause financial concerns throughout the project. While there is no way to absolutely prevent unexpected budgetary issues, you can reduce the financial risks by having a well-researched, thorough budget.
Be sure to account for all potential expenditures as well as you can. For example, you may end up eating at restaurants more often than usual during the project. You may also need to update your home insurance policy, which could change your premium. Don’t forget about permit fees if your project will require authorization from the county. If you are completing some of the work yourself, remember to account for specialized tools you may need to purchase or rent.
Check Out All the Options
One of the things that can make a kitchen renovation feel stressful is the overwhelming feeling of having to make endless decisions. What type of cabinet pulls will you choose? Do you want natural or synthetic materials for your countertops? Before you make the first change in your kitchen, decide on your materials, trims, finishes, and appliances. Seeing all the available options at a granite countertop superstore can make it easy to decide what you want and feel confident with that decision throughout the whole project.
Renovating your kitchen can have numerous benefits, but the project itself can be challenging. You can minimize the stress of the process by making sure your budget is clear, hiring professionals for certain tasks, and researching all the material and aesthetic options before starting work. These tips can help you start enjoying your new kitchen even before the work is done.
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