If women are the heart of the family, kitchens are the heart of the house. Among all the divisions in one’s home, the kitchen is considered the most remarkable. According to the Home Improvement Research Institute, the kitchen is where most of the home owner’s money goes when it comes to remodeling. The budget allocated in remodeling the kitchen is significantly higher compared to the other home divisions such as the bedroom and the living room. The kitchen comes in different styles and designs and most often than not, the home owner wants it to be just as stylish as the trending models. But before one thinks of remodeling her kitchen, she has to take into consideration one important thing – the expenses.
Major kitchen remodeling projects usually cost $40,000 up to $60,000 or higher while minor kitchen remodeling costs $20,000. There are some tips one ought to know before going on for a kitchen remodeling project, not just to save some money, but also to save time and effort.
Tips for Remodeling a Kitchen
1. Plan ahead of time and ask for opinions.
Remodeling the kitchen is not like buying a new sofa wherein one could think about it for a week and then go buy it the next week. Planning is very essential. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association have made a recommendation that planning for a kitchen remodeling should take at least six months. The home owner should try to ask questions such as, “What wall color would I have? Should I replace the appliances or not? What would I do with the floor?” and many others. Before answering the questions, it would be good for the home owner to ask for expert opinions from professionals and to take into consideration ways to spend less during the remodeling.
2. Get a professional and artistic contractor.
Although the budget is being taken into consideration, one must not neglect the value of the remodeling by choosing a contractor who receives little pay but do little job. One should find a contractor who already holds a good standing in the profession so he can make sure of a job well done.
3. Express everything that you want and ask questions.
People view things differently at times and one might think that the contractor already understood what the home owner perceives even when the contractor really didn’t. This may lead to misunderstandings. When the home owner’s preference has not been done, she/he will have to do the process of remodeling all over again, making the home owner spend money once again. It is therefore important to explain every detail of how one wants his kitchen to be and ask questions if the contractor understands and if he has any inputs.
4. Add simple but unique details.
What makes a kitchen different is the small things one finds in it. It would be great to add simple details on the kitchen to make it distinct, but still amazing. Kitchen sinks should also be among the things or furniture that you need to include when planning to remodel your kitchen. Some kitchen sinks really need to be changed, while the others would like to ensure that everything goes along with the new kitchen design and decors.
5. Always stick to the budget.
If one plans to purchase new appliances and cabinets for the kitchen, he should stick to his budget. One could easily be amused in looking for fancy things, but would be shocked to find out that he spent so much. To avoid this, one must list down what he will purchase and stick with the list.
Remodeling the kitchen could be stressful. But in the end, when the remodeling is complete, it will be very fulfilling to see a beautiful finish product that is all according to your liking.