Your kitchen tends to be the place where everyone gathers. Have a get together and chances are good that’s the room everyone will end up in. How’s your kitchen looking? Is it time for a renovation? Any remodeling project can be stressful and there are mistakes you can avoid during the process.
Mistakes to Avoid During a Kitchen Remodel
#1. Not setting a budget. It’s so important to set a budget before you hire a remodeling contractor. Everyone wants to have a beautiful kitchen and things can get out of hand if you don’t. Chances are good you’ll go over slightly but try and stick to it as closely as you can to avoid financial trouble down the road.
#2. You neglect to evaluate the needs of your family. A lavish kitchen is great, but if it doesn’t function in a way that makes life easier for your family, it’s not really worth the cost and hassle of going through a renovation. Make sure you evaluate the needs of your family, so you’ll get a kitchen that makes life easier and saves time.
#3. You attempt to go it alone. DIY provides you with a feeling of accomplishment, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get advice from design consultants who know their stuff. They will charge you a small fee but are so helpful in ensuring your kitchen design will flow together seamlessly.
#4. You fail to compare options. Whether it’s appliances, cabinets, or countertops, it’s imperative that you compare your options before you shell out any money. Look at the price, brand, model, features, and warranty when you’re deciding. You may need to look at them as a whole to make your decision.
#5. You forget about your storage needs. Putting your kitchen together is exciting. Just make sure you don’t forget about your storage. The last thing you want is to have regrets and be frustrated when it’s too late.
#6. Making impulsive decisions. Do not begin a kitchen remodel on a whim. Make sure you consider all the renovations you are planning to make well ahead of completing them. This is where design consultants are very helpful.
#7. Forgetting the big picture. When you go about your kitchen remodel it’s important to think of the space as a whole during the process. Look at the appliances, walls, backsplash, etc. so it’s easier to create a kitchen that looks at functions beautifully.
#8. Being indecisive. When you are indecisive it costs time and money. It will also push back the completion date. Stick to the decisions you have made to avoid these pitfalls along the way.
Kitchen Renovation Return on Investment
When it comes to return on investment (ROI), you’re not likely to get back everything you paid for your kitchen remodel when and if you sell your home. Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report states that depending on the size of the job, you’re likely to recoup 60% to 80% of what you paid. Your ROI will depend on the condition of your home and the price point you’re selling at.