The kitchen is the heart of the home. The place above all others in the house where people gather. It makes sense that a kitchen remodel tends to be at the top of many homeowners' wish lists. Remodeling a kitchen is no small task. Here are seven smart strategies to help you get started and stay on track with your kitchen remodel.
Create a Plan
Don't jump into a remodel head first. Make a plan. This will help you understand your wants and needs for the room as well as your financial constraints. Spend some time understanding how you use the kitchen. What are your pain points that a remodel could help alleviate? What does your ideal kitchen look like? Write it all down. Even if you change your mind, it is nice to have a starting point.
Establish a Budget
Without a budget it can be really easy to overspend on a kitchen remodel. Make sure you understand how much you can afford. This will help guide the remodel process and keep things going smoothly. Leave room for last-minute changes and perhaps a splurge or two.
Do You Have a Back-Up Kitchen?
Can your kitchen remodel be completed quickly? If not, are you able to go without using your kitchen for an extended period of time? Many kitchen remodels can take multiple days or even weeks. What's your backup? Are you going to go out to eat or get delivery? Can you move the appliances to another room and continue using them? Plan ahead so you aren't frazzled during this time without a kitchen.
DIY or Professional?
How do you decide if you should do it yourself or get the help of a professional? There are pros and cons to both. Do-it-yourself remodeling projects can help keep costs down but they can also be more time-consuming for a homeowner. Using a professional likely means a higher cost but also means less work on your part. Consider your handiness, time availability, budget and time frame for the project. If you aren't sure, it never hurts to consult with a professional.
Hiring a Professional
Most remodeling companies will provide a free estimate. If you are thinking of getting professional help, talk to multiple companies before selecting one. Get project details and payment information in writing before you get started. And if you get estimates and decide to do the project yourself in the end, that's fine too.
Expect the Unexpected
Don't be surprised if something doesn't go quite right or if you hit a snag in the remodeling process. Maybe the hardware you like is out of stock. Maybe your contractor sets off your house alarm. Maybe you thought you could eat delivery pizza for a week but you just can't take it anymore. These are just a few things that you could experience during your kitchen remodel. Don't let it get to you. Go into the process knowing that you might experience unexpected bumps in the road but be confident that your planning will get you through.
Stay Focused on What's Important to You
Nobody wants to end up unhappy after completing a home remodeling project. Don't compromise on the most important features and aspects that you want to see in your new kitchen. At the end of the day, you will be the one who uses it the most. Make it perfect for you.