Kitchen remodeling is an expensive, disruptive, and time-consuming process. Most families only go into a project like this after very careful consideration, so it stands to reason that you would only want to do this one time.
In order to get the ideal kitchen for your family, there are a few pitfalls to avoid. Watch out for the following mistakes to make sure you get the most for your money, and have the best possible outcome.
Getting the Wrong Bells and Whistles
Upgrading your kitchen cabinets is the perfect time to pick up a few of the bells and whistles that will make your life easier, and make your kitchen much more efficient. You can tailor this renovation to your lifestyle by choosing specialty items or appliances – just make sure you are choosing the right ones.
In the days and weeks leading up to the start of your renovation project, it is easy to get over excited, especially when flipping through catalogs or surfing the web for ideas. If this happens, you may wind up putting in a double oven (despite the fact that you dislike baking), or a temperature controlled wine rack (despite being more of a beer drinker).
You can save a lot of money by avoiding the desire to install something in your kitchen that is big on the “wow” factor, but small on utility.
Putting Too Much Work into a House You Are Trying to Sell
It is true that kitchens and bathrooms tend to increase the selling price of a home more so than any other rooms, however you also need to be realistic about how much of a return on investment you’re going to see. On average, homeowners can expect to recuperate only about 50 to 60% of the cost they put into upgrading their kitchen.
For this reason, it is not advisable to go all out if the only purpose of your renovation is to help sell your home.
Going with an Ultramodern Look
This is another area where catalogs can be more detrimental than helpful. When you see a beautifully chic and trendy modern kitchen, it is only natural that some people will gravitate toward that design.
The problem is that what is chic and trendy right now may look woefully dated in a surprisingly short time – sometimes as quickly as two years.
The better bet for homeowners is to stick with more timeless looking design elements, and to add modern flare through wall hangings, paint colors, or display items – because each of these can easily be removed or changed with the times. Trust me, it’s far easier to replace a few vases and pictures than it is to rip out cabinets.
Selecting Items after the Renovation Has Begun
This is the easiest way to overspend on a project. For the first few days or weeks of your renovation project, your kitchen will be largely unrecognizable. You’ll probably see exposed insulation and wiring, and a torn up floor – not much to get excited about. But by the time your new kitchen begins actually taking shape before your eyes, it is very easy to get caught up in the moment, and wind up paying for it later.
So many homeowners have decided “You know what? I will go with that granite countertop after all!” despite having ordered a much more affordable butcher’s block previously. This can lead to some serious sticker shock when the excitement of the moment wears off, and the reality of the price tag sets in.
Too Much DIY
Certain aspects of home remodeling can be completed by homeowners in order to save money, and to have more involvement in the process. Just make sure that you really are qualified enough to handle the tasks you set out for yourself. Leave the highly specialized stuff, such as plumbing and electric, to the pros.
To finish up this list of mistakes to avoid, I’d like to share a tip for something you should do: hire a trusted professional. Nothing can replace the experience and expertise of a contractor or designer with whom you have a great relationship. They will treat your house like it is their own, and you will have a great kitchen at the end of your project.