Maybe you’re planning on using your tax refund to finally upgrade your kitchen appliances.
To get more for your money, it’s worth it to think through your plan before you start knocking down walls to create a kitchen geared for gourmet cooking and baking when you’re really just looking for something functional and modern.
We’re big believers in planning.
That’s why we even have an entire kitchen planner [Click Here] dedicated to helping you think through your needs before you spend a dime.
Here are some ideas that can help you get the most for your money.
Cooktops, Rangetops, and Ovens
With so many choices out there – and an array of professional features on today’s modern appliances – it’s important to think through what you really need and will use.
If you’re on your way to a career as a top chef, it might make sense to invest in professional grade equipment. However, most of us are just looking for something that will handle putting dinner on the table for the family.
Some things to think about include:
- How will you use your stove on a daily basis?
- What will the space accommodate without taking on a major remodel?
- Do you have a gas or electric hookup?
Adding Kitchen Cabinets
Before you spend money on adding cabinets, it’s worth it to take a look at what you have now and assess. If you empty out your drawers and cabinets, it’s likely you’ll find that you are storing things that you never use.
- How many mugs do you really use on a daily basis?
- Are you using all those pots and pans or just keeping them “in case?”
- What about dishware –how many odds and ends are you saving from old sets that you never use?
Yes, we understand sentimental value, but real estate is expensive – especially in the kitchen.
And when you’re storing things you never use and building more cabinets to hold more things, you might be able to reorganize and save a few dollars.
And that savings can go into something you’ll enjoy even more – like adding an island or redoing your countertops.
Which brings us to our next area where you can save with a little planning…
Yes, you love granite. It’s natural, beautiful, durable – and expensive. And you should have it. But maybe try putting it in a key spot – like an island.
There are plenty of examples of beautiful and functional countertops along the sink and above countertops that will serve you well without breaking the bank.
It pays to look at several options that might provide the features you’re looking for – a natural surface that’s also durable.
If you decide it’s worth the investment to have granite, you might think about leveraging that expense where it will make a big splash in terms of design and functionality but allows you to stay within your budget.
Professional Planning and Coordination
If you’ve been coordinating kitchen remodels for twenty years, have access to professionals who provide quality installations, great resources for materials and appliances, and are completely transparent in pricing and deadline commitments – you may be ready to coordinate the job yourself.
But that’s probably not the case.
That’s why we recommend using a professional that can not only help you plan you remodel, but also locate materials, appliances, provide clear timelines, quality installations, and guarantee their work.
Perhaps this is the most important aspect of any remodel.
You need to have written contracts and commitments when taking on a remodel. You need itemization and to know exactly what you are paying for to be sure that you will not be left standing in an unfinished kitchen without recourse.
So, if you’re getting ready to take that tax refund and invest it in your kitchen, do yourself a favor and give us a call. Or, better yet, come visit us in our showroom.
The experts at Agentis are ready to help.