Remodeling your kitchen from scratch is potentially one of the biggest investments that you can make into your home. Kitchen remodeling is among the most popular projects that homeowners engage in, as kitchens can easily be transformed into the activity hub of the entire home. Although these projects are costly, and require a great deal of effort and planning, it’s worth remembering that they also add significant value to your home. To prepare for the chance, you’ll need to consider whether your appliances will be changing along with your cabinets, or whether you may remove a wall to create an open concept kitchen and dining room. Whatever you choose to do, the success of your project hinges on hard work and dedication. Here are a list of things worth considering before you take the plunge and hire a contractor.
Choose the Right Materials
Visit your local kitchen cabinet showroom and start planning the brand, color, style and accessories that you feel are right for your new kitchen. Remember, you should never start any demolition until you have gathered all of the materials you are going to need. Just some of the things you will need for a kitchen remodeling project include:
Countertops (granite, marble, etc.)
Flooring (hardwood or tiles)
Appliances (if you choose to replace them)
Lighting (low voltage, recessed, under cabinet, etc.)
Sinks and faucets
Pulls and knobs for kitchen cabinets
At first, getting all of these things organized may not seem like much of a chore, but once you have begun to combine colors and styles the final project may start to seem overwhelming.
Choose Your Contractor
No matter how much you may excel at personal DIY, it’s important to recognize that kitchen remodeling is a challenging task, which will require the input of experts. You may be working with removing walls and old cabinets, installing new flooring, repairing the ceiling, adjusting the lighting, and even changing the plumbing and heating systems. To get the best deal, consider calling three separate contractors and asking for quotes regarding the work you’ll need. Have the contractor provide you with prices for framing, demolition, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, flooring, and mechanical needs separately.
Although separating all of these items may seem like giving yourself extra work, it will give you the information that you need to compare prices and find the perfect deal. If one contractor charges more than the other two for demolition, find out why this is, as he may have a valid reason. Once you have all of your prices, you will be equipped to ask the right questions.
When it comes to selecting a contractor, you may also benefit from finding references to inform your decision. Do some research and call your local building department to ask any questions you may have about a certain contractor. You can even search online for reviews, but remember that bad reviews do not necessarily mean that the contractor is bad, it’s worth giving them a chance to explain so that you can come to your own conclusions.
Sign the Contract and Make a Schedule
When you have chosen the contractor that is right for you, you will be given a contract to sign. If the company or individual you choose does not provide this contract, make sure that you have one written up before work commences. Check local laws to find out what the maximum amount for a deposit should be. Usually, if you have selected a good contractor with good credit, 10-15% should be enough to get you started.
Next, correspond with your contractor and make a schedule for the work to be completed in. It’s worth remembering that sometimes the times your contractor is available may conflict with your schedule, and some companies may also work at night, so be sure you are agreed on times from the very beginning.
Acquire a design of your kitchen from your architect or kitchen designer so that your contractor has a detailed plan to follow. You should also give the name and contact details of your designer to the contractor so they may communicate if any problems arise. Issues can quite easily emerge in a remodeling project, but your designer and contract should be able to straighten them out together.
Once the plan has been established, you’ll need to coordinate with your contractor regarding the products he will need to complete the work, from flooring to sinks, kitchen cabinets and faucets. Be sure that everything your contractor is going to need is ready and available to access. You may also find that it’s useful to inform the contractor about the products you’re purchasing before you buy them, as he or she will be able to give you advice on whether that product will fit, or is approved by your local inspector. If you’re switching appliances, create photo copies of the installation manuals so that your contractor can review clearance and installation requirements whenever necessary.
Finally, sit back and enjoy the process of watching your brand new kitchen emerge. The schedule may not always work as planned, and you’re likely to experience frustration and stress from time to time, however, the important thing is for you to have control of the project, and a full understanding of what is going on.
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