When remodeling your kitchen, it’s important to have a plan.
Even if it’s a smaller kitchen remodel with just a few areas to tackle like cabinets and countertops, ordering materials, scheduling work, and budgeting take smart planning.
Having a strategy for your kitchen remodel ensures that you:
- Meet all of your objectives for the kitchen remodel
- Stay within your budget
- Hit your deadlines
And since the kitchen is the hub of any home, the more streamlined the process is the less inconvenience you’ll have due to unexpected delays.
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind.
Determine Your objectives
Whether it’s a small or major remodel, it’s important that, at the end of the process, you get what you wanted.
Even if you’re only tackling a few areas of the kitchen – like redoing a floor or revamping or replacing cabinets – prioritizing what you want when the work is complete is important.
Here are a few possible objectives to help you get started with your own list:
- Update the look of your kitchen
- Improve your kitchen’s functionality
- Increase the resale value of your home
- Add more storage
- Update with the latest and best possible appliances
Establishing and staying within your budget
Now that you’ve determined your priorities, you’ll have a better understanding of how much money to allocate to each aspect of the remodel.
If cabinets are your top priority, be sure that’s a budget item that does not get cut as you move through your objectives. If you’re passionate about cooking and want a six-burner gas stove or a smart refrigerator, these should be high on your list of must-haves.
Is adding storage and functionality to your kitchen by adding an island is high on your list? Then this goes at the top! The point is to make sure – after all the planning – that you get what you want and it’s included in your initial budget.
The other important aspect of budgeting is to understand what will affect the cost of your remodel so you can plan accordingly.
For example, moving plumbing around, knocking down walls, or changing the footprint of your kitchen may be top priorities, but you need to know upfront how these choices will impact your budget.
Increasing resale value is often a significant consideration in any remodel. If this is the case for you, these major renovations may bring you joy in the years that you live in your home and make it a more attractive property when you’re ready to sell.
Scheduling the work to meet deadlines
How many times have you heard about “the endless remodel?” There are a lot of reasons for this –the biggest is poor planning and understanding of how all the elements need to come together at the right time.
Something as simple as choosing fixtures that are in-stock can have a big impact on the timing of your project. If you are waiting on a key element of your remodel – like a kitchen sink that is back-ordered – you will delay every element of the project that cannot be finished until the sink is installed.
Getting the right advice about the order in which the work must be done can have a big impact on your schedule. There will likely be several professionals that need to perform different jobs – from electrical to flooring to cabinetry – so it’s important to find qualified people who are also available when you need them.
There are a lot of moving parts to even a relatively simple remodel. From drawing up plans and choosing fixtures to creating and managing the work, the experts at Agentis have the experience and breadth of knowledge to help you through every phase of your kitchen remodel.
Ready to start planning your kitchen remodel? Come visit our showroom and talk to the team at Agentis.