Kitchen is the heart of most homes, they’re also one of the most expensive rooms to remodel. Since we have been in the industry and have the honor of transforming thousands of them – we decided to share some tips to make your kitchen remodel effective and painless. Here are the seven mistakes to avoid:
You can’t find what you want, if you don’t know what it is. It can apply to a lot of things in life, including your remodel. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, the more information and choices you have, the more overwhelmed you get. Look at your kitchen space. What would you like to change? You want a better storage solution? Additional built-in pantry? Better use of the corners of cabinets? Reconfigure lighting because it feels too dark? The list can go on, but looking at you place – only you know what you want. Look and write down a few main outcomes of the remodel that you want to see. You can make a folder in your phone, create a collection on Instagram or Facebook, or create a pinterest board. That way you have some framework, sense of direction, and “loves” and “hates” when you meet your contractor or designer.
2. Rushing to find a general contractor
Kitchen remodel takes time, and it’s normal. The sooner you accept this, the smoother the process goes. Because, you do the most work before the actual remodel begins. Rushing to just get someone to get it done is inefficient strategy overall. You might get lucky, but you might also end up wasting time and resources. Do your research, contact, talk to a few possible candidates to work with. Ask questions and make sure you have everything in writing.
3. Paying 100% up-front
Some home owners think that contractors are money motivated, so the sooner you pay, the faster they deliver. That might not be the case for everyone, do not make assumptions and pay everything up-front. Especially, if you ignored the last recommendation and don’t have a written contract. There have been incidents of home owners get into situations where one team member took the payment in full and just disappeared. The rest of the team was demanding payment because their teammate didn’t give them money. Those are the situations to avoid. Most reputable companies and contractors already have a payment plan divided into two or more payments on varying stages and milestones within the project.
4. Too much customization
Customization is a wonderful way to translate your sense of style and satisfying the needs for your space in a way that makes the most sense to you. That means you’re getting something out of the ordinary, something more special, which will bring the cost up depending on how far you want to take your customization. If you’re trying to keep the cost lower, you can be selective about the part you want to customize, and make the rest classic and versatile. This also allows your customized features to shine without making the room too overpowering and crowded.
5. Trying to keep up with the Joneses
Your space is your space. You know what you need from your kitchen, and trying to keep up with others is not only silly but can also prevent you to fully using the potential of your own space and budget. There is reason why most stylish people get their outfits tailored: fit. It’s equally true when it comes to designing a space. You’ll be surprised on how amazing the outcome can be once you open your mind and accept the individuality of your kitchen.
6. Not sticking to your list when shopping for supplies
Anyone who has ever done a home project for the first time knows that going to a hardware store can be a black hole. You go in for a box of nails and come out with $500 worth of equipment that you decided that you just have to have. Right at this very moment. And who cares if you won’t be needing this in the next 5 months. In order to avoid these type of situations, stick to your list, limit your time, or order online and call it a day. Chances are, if you need it after 5 months, it’ll be there. If fact, most things are available for you 24/7, no need to rush, or worse - to hoard.
7. Trying to DIY your way out of everything.
Unless you’re a professional, that’s not a good idea. Doing it yourself can save you a lot of money on certain projects, but trying to do everything yourself without considering your level of skills for a particular part of the remodel can end up costing you even more at the end.