Remodel Your Kitchen – Checklist and Tips to get Prepared

Contemporary KitchenRemodeling your kitchen can create feelings of both excitement and overwhelm. Careful planning before embarking on your kitchen remodel can not only save time, money, and frustration down the road but also allow you to enjoy the process every step of the way.

Linda Eberhardt, President and Owner of Create Distinctive Home Remodeling, recommends the following prior to starting your kitchen remodel.

 

1. Do your homework when it comes to finding a reliable remodeler or design firm. Choosing the right company to work with is probably the most important decision you will make. Not only in terms of the end result of the project, but the process that you experience getting there. Some things to consider when choosing a remodeler: Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau or Houzz and what are their ratings, how many projects like yours have they completed, do they use their own craftsmen or do they use subcontractors, can they provide you with references of others who have worked with them?

2. Determine the best type of company for you. When it comes to kitchen remodeling there are many different choices in terms of the type of company to work with. You can choose a kitchen showroom, big box store, general contractor, electrician and plumber, or design/build firm. While any one of them may work for you, it’s important to weigh all of your options and based on your particular needs, go the direction that is best suited to you and your project.

Modern Kitchen3. Consider your budget range. Kitchen remodels come in many shapes and sizes and the possibilities are almost endless. It’s important that you think about what budget you are comfortable with and work with options accordingly. This will help allow you to prioritize those things that are most important to you in your remodel.

4. Determine big picture goals for the project.Will your kitchen be used primarily as a place for the kids to do their homework? Or will it be a room for entertaining guests? Will there be multiple cooks using the kitchen? Determining the goals for the room will help guide many decisions along the way.

5. Begin thinking about the scope of work. Is your plan to update your kitchen by leaving the floor plan as is? Or are you looking to reconfigure the floor plan within the existing space? Or maybe your plan is to expand into an adjoining room or add new space. There are a lot of options when it comes to scope of work and all kitchen remodels are definitely not equal.

2 thoughts on “Remodel Your Kitchen – Checklist and Tips to get Prepared

  1. I like that you suggest to make a timeline of the project. I can see why this would help you know when things will be completed in what order. My wife and I have been talking about remodeling our kitchen this summer. I’ll have to remember to do this with the contractor when it gets closer.

  2. Before anything else, establish your goal. It must be clear to you and to everyone what exactly you want with your kitchen. Through this way, you will have vision and a guide with your project.

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