A kitchen remodel can be an exhausting process, but in the end it is generally considered worth the hassle. A first major remodel can seem overwhelming, and most people don’t know where to start. If they don’t know what to expect, they can start to feel overwhelmed. These tips will go step by step through the process so it will seem less challenging.
- Before you can start remodeling, you should know why you want to remodel. Create a simple checklist of your kitchen’s problem areas so you can set your remodeling goals.
- Set the budget. Once you have identified the goals, it will be much easier to create the budget. You will know exactly what you need to improve, and therefore what exactly what you spend money on. As the work progresses you can check your purchases against the budget to avoid going off track.
- Plan the layout. Correct measurements are essential for working out the floor plan and the cabinet and appliance sizes. If your kitchen needs a new layout, sketch it out first, and mark the areas on the floor for cabinets and appliances.
- Light it up. Every kitchen should have proper lighting. Lighting for meal prep areas is important, but you should also use lighting to display the best features. In-cabinet and under-cabinet lights will make the kitchen even more appealing.
- Choose a contractor. Choose a contractor who specializes in kitchens. You can save money by doing some of the work yourself, but be careful to not take on more than you can handle. This particularly applies to electrical and plumbing work. Get a few quotes to compare, but be wary of any quote that seems too low.
- Balance spending. It makes sense to save money on some aspects of the remodeling project, but there will be areas where you should spend more. You will have to look at your options and decide which areas call for bigger spending. Always go for quality cabinets, countertops and flooring.
- Get permit information. Some kitchen remodeling work will require permits so get this information before the work starts.
- Be realistic. Keep your expectations in line with your budget and the scope of the work. There can be delays, so do not be frustrated when problems arise.
Once you have worked out the details and have your team in place, your project can start. Maintain communication with the contractor and occasionally refer to your checklist to ensure that the project is on track.