If your kitchen looks like it hasn’t been remodeled since the Brady Bunch took up a prime time television slot, it might be time to hire a professional for a remodeling job. Considered one of the most expensive and time consuming remodels in a home, kitchen projects require careful planning. The National Kitchen and Bath Association estimates homeowners spend about 11-22% of their home value on the project, while Remodeling magazine’s 2013 Cost Vs. Value report estimates the national average for a major kitchen remodel falls in the $53,000 range. When you are spending this type of cabbage (pun intended), you want to ensure your investment ends in the kitchen of your dreams.
While professionals should be hired to tackle this type of job, homeowners should have a thorough understanding of what is required and desired for the project. This includes knowing your:
- Goals for the project (more square footage, cleaner look, modern design, open concept, etc)
- Budget and what this will include (appliances, new counters, removing or adding a wall)
- Current kitchen’s layout, functionality and design
- Desired outcome of your kitchen’s layout, functionality and design
For instance, if you want to move your kitchen sink from one area to another so it is in closer proximity to your stove, do you know where the pipes are located and what this might entail in terms of construction? Or if you have a closed concept kitchen now and hope to tear down a wall to open your kitchen space to another room do you know which walls are load bearing?
Consulting professionals during the initial phase of the project is critical. Before that, though, it’s important you know what questions to ask. Great Day Improvements has created a Kitchen Remodel Checklist to guide you through your upcoming remodeling project. Print it out, fill it in, and use it as a guide for your kitchen remodel.
Download the Kitchen Remodeling Checklist