Planning for kitchen renovations can be stressful. Depending on the amount of work you need to have done, the costs can quickly add up. In addition, trying to find the right contractor can be a lengthy and time-consuming process.
To turn your upcoming kitchen renovation from a stress inducer to a stress reliever, follow these simple planning techniques.
Make sure you have a budget
If you're approaching a kitchen renovation with no idea of how much you want to spend, you're making a big mistake. The first step you take should be deciding how much you want to spend, and sticking to that budget.
When it comes to kitchen renovations, there are endless designs to choose from. The price for each design can vary significantly, so it helps to have an idea of how much you can afford to spend.
What do you want to attend to the most?
The next step is to decide what you want to change about your kitchen. You may want to replace the countertops because they're getting old, or perhaps the floors need a new touch. Cupboards and kitchen appliances are also a common target for renovation.
Make a list, in order of priority, of what you want to renovate the most. You can give that area priority as you work down the list.
Find a remodeling contractor
Perhaps the most important part of your project is to find the best contractor to work with. A reputable contractor can present you with remodeling options that work well for you and at a price that can fit your budget.
To find a good contractor, seek recommendations from friends and family, search locally and explore different options.
How long will you stay in the home?
To determine the extent of kitchen renovations you want to carry out, think about how long you will be in the home. If you own the property and plan to stay for a while, then an extensive kitchen project can serve you for many years to come. However, if you plan to move sometime soon, you may want to carry out only minimal work in the kitchen.
What is the cost breakdown?
Through working with the right contractor, you can get a clear breakdown of how much each renovation work will cost. For example, the contractor might explain to you that 65% of the costs will be for the floor and 35% for the countertops.
Keep a certain amount for unexpected expenses
There is no budget or cost breakdown that is exact. Make sure you keep some money aside for those unforeseeable expenses that are bound to come up.