Nothing is better than a bright, shiny new kitchen in the house you love so dearly, but kitchen remodels can be difficult at best if you don’t plan for them. Keep your sanity (and the sanity of your family), by following these steps, and remember, Northeast Dream Kitchens is here to help minimize that stress by working with contractors directly to save you time and money.
1. Start with a plan
Start with a plan – a good plan, and make it better. Planning is the key to a successful kitchen remodel. Know what you want, why you want it, and then talk to different contractors about whether or not the renovations you want to make will add value to your home. Some experts suggest three to six months to plan your kitchen renovation.
2. Pick the right contractor
Picking the right contractor will save you time and money in the long-run. When looking for contractors do your homework. Make sure that you:
Ask around and find out if anyone in your network has worked with them.
Ask to see some of their previous work and ask for references.
Remember, sometimes the lowest priced contractor is not always the best. Its important to keep in mind that some contractors can lower their costs because of low overhead.
Find a contractor you can communicate with. Communication is important because you will be making decisions and getting updates on the progress of your remodel.
The devil is in the details, literally. During the planning process make sure the contractor’s proposal is detailed and everything is spelled out. If not, you will get a nasty surprise in the end. Ask questions about anything you aren’t sure about or don’t understand. If you are supplying some of the equipment because you can get a lower price, ask about installation and handling costs. Add 20% to your budget to ensure you are financially sound when upgrading your kitchen.
4. Plan for the future
Plan for the future. If you are renovating your kitchen in phases, project phase two and phase three before you even start phase one. Know what the finished product will look like and how long it will take to complete.
No, while you want to have a long term plan, it’s s still good to be ready to make quick decisions. No renovation occurs without hiccups, there is always something we didn’t see or plan for.
Renovating a kitchen is tricky. Don’t rush into a renovation, live with the idea for a while, do your research, and do it smarter.
Northeast Dream Kitchens knowledgeable staff will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Stop by our showroom today and learn more about our kitchen remodeling process.