There are some people who are remodeling their kitchen because they’re planning to put their house on the market and they are aware that prospective buyers tend to pay a lot of attention to kitchens. Then there are others who love their house but they simply want the look of their kitchen to be a bit more modern or have a more effective use of the space inside the room. Whatever the case may be, if you’re planning a kitchen upgrade in the near future, here are five things to consider before doing your own kitchen remodel so that your project will be smooth sailing:
Consider your budget. Before you can do anything else, the first thing that you need to think about is how much money you can budget out for your kitchen remodel. As you’re in the process of doing that, our recommendation is that you don’t rely on credit cards. They are loans that come with interest. Instead, think about how much cash you have and try and remodel your kitchen based on that instead. Remember, it is your house and so it’s perfectly alright to do one product at a time, as you can afford it.
Consider what you can do. Thanks to websites like BHG, DIY Network, This Old House, Bob Villa, Martha Stewart and even YouTube, there are a lot of things that you can do on your own without the assistance of a contractor. The key is to be realistic about what you can pull off and what you can’t. Also, if something is going to require some plumbing or electrical work, it’s well worth the money to hire a professional. Also, if you have a friend who is a carpenter or has successfully put in some cabinets or tiled their floors, ask them to give you a hand. That can make the process go by a lot faster.
Consider the appliances. A good kitchen is definitely an energy efficient one. So, if it’s time to get a new refrigerator or dishwasher, look for one that will help to reduce your energy costs. Our recommendation is to get an appliance that comes with an Energy Star label on it. Those are designed to save you as much as 30-40 percent in energy costs. You can learn more about them by going to EnergyStar.gov.
Consider the permits. If you’re planning on doing some significant remodeling, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to need at least one permit. If you’re not sure how to go about finding which ones to apply for, your local county clerk’s office can give you all of the information that you need.
Consider what you need a contractor to do. If you were to ask someone who works at a company like Foster Remodeling Solutions for a kitchen remodel tip , something that they might tell you is that you should be honest with yourself about what you would actually need a professional contractor to do. You don’t want to be so focused on trying to do all of the work yourself, that you end up making mistakes that can cost you a lot of time and money. So, at the very least, consult with a contractor beforehand. It’s worth it. For information on how to find a good general contractor, visit This Old House and put “how to hire a contractor” in the search field.