Finally made the decision to remodel your kitchen? Before you begin, check out our insights and information that will make your kitchen kickoff a sure success.
Kitchen Remodeling | What To Know Before You Begin
Big projects such as remodeling your kitchen need to be carefully thought out and planned. Even for small kitchens, the smallest oversight can be detrimental to your entire project.
There are a few things you should know before you begin your small kitchen remodel project:
Know What You Want
A kitchen that is functional is just as important, if not more important, than a kitchen that is beautiful. You and your family are going to have to cook, work, and live in this kitchen. This means that you need to know how the space can and will best work for you.
Before you begin your kitchen remodel project, pay attention to how you and your family will make use of the space so you can create a layout that is the most useful.
Even more important is to measure every surface, wall, and floor. Make accurate measurements, and then make them again to be extra sure your measurements are correct. These measurements are what you will base all of your calculations and ordering on.
Know Your Budget
Remodeling projects, even for small spaces, can be expensive. If you do not create a strict budget for yourself you could end up going overboard and spending a lot more money than you plan to.
Carefully map out all of the time, supplies and materials you are going to need. If you are using a contractor, include them in your budget discussion so they can help you make decisions accordingly.
Your best bet is to map out everything you need and how much you plan to spend on each part of the renovation such as cabinets, tiling, flooring, etc. Then go to your favorite home improvement store or website and calculate the actual cost of everything you are going to need.
It is a good idea to overestimate rather than underestimate costs when you are making a budget.
Consider Hiring a Professional
Depending on how extensive or complicated your kitchen remodeling project is, you might want to seriously consider hiring a professional to do the job. There can be a lot more to remodeling your kitchen than paint and tiling.
The kitchen is one room in the house that is used more than almost any other room, and is often considered to be the center of home life. This isn’t a job that you want to botch, so call around, and if you have any questions at all, it is better to ask a professional than to guess.
Having a clear idea of what you want in your kitchen before you begin your remodel project will help you feel satisfied with a job well done. Not having a clear plan can lead to unfinished projects and unnecessary spending.
When you are planning, it’s a good idea to keep track of everything you plan to do with a folder of plans, budgeting notes, and even pictures or drawings of what you are planning.
Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before You Hire
Other than the specifics of what you want your kitchen to look like when you are finished, there are major safety factors involved. A kitchen renovation will often require the expertise of someone with the knowledge of an electrician and the careful measurements of a professional. Kitchen remodeling is often more involved and difficult than any other room of your house, so hiring a professional contractor is certainly worth it.
Before you hire a professional contractor, however, there are some questions you should ask:
Any contractor you hire, especially for a job as intricate as kitchen remodeling, should be licensed and bonded.
The contractor you speak to should have proof of their licenses, and should be able to provide proof of any of their specialized services.
As all contractors are not also licensed electricians, get a list of the people your potential contractor will be working with. You want and need to know who else might be coming in and out of your home, and you want them to have the proper licensing as well.
To find a good contractor that will work well with you, it is best to get word of mouth referrals. If you do not know anyone that knows of a contractor specifically, sites like Angie’s List will give you firsthand accounts of client’s reviews of particular businesses, including contractors.
In any case, a good contractor will likely have a list of previous clients as referrals that you can call and speak with.
Make sure that whomever you decide to hire will be available when you need them, and able to complete the project within an agreed upon amount of time. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can drag out the process a little, but you do want to have some basic guidelines put down for time frame and hours they intend to be working on your kitchen.
Documentation is everything. Get everything in writing. Every conversation you have about time frames, materials used, and everything else you can get in writing, you need to have the documentation in your hands in the event that anything goes wrong. Any conversation about pricing or procedure needs to be put in writing and signed by both you and the contractor.
No matter how small your kitchen is, a kitchen remodel project is a big deal. Being prepared before you begin your project can make the entire venture more successful and a whole lot less stressful.