Are you ready to ditch your cookie-cutter kitchen? For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the house, where family food traditions and sweet memories are made. That's why it’s ideal to keep your kitchen looking and feeling fresh and up-to-date! If a kitchen remodel is in your future, here is breakdown of the kitchen renovation process.
Step 1: Set Your Wish List
How do you use your kitchen? Is it a roll-up-your-sleeves, daily used food-preparation space? Is it the primary entertaining area in your home? Do you require more utilitarian items or more décor-inspired items? Keep all those things in consideration when planning the layout to ensure your masterpiece ultimately fits your lifestyle. If you’re not quite sure, seek help from social sites like Pinterest to get ideas of what you'd like to achieve in your humble abode.
Step 2: Define Your Budget
Now that you have an idea of what this project may entail, you’ll need to figure out a realistic budget. Here’s where some heartache may come! So, now it’s time to juxtapose your wish list with reality. Settling on the amount of money you’re willing to part with may provide you with a “refined” wish list, but that’s okay. It’s better to keep your project aligned with your financials than to end up indebted to a project-gone-over-budget.
Step 3: Find the Professionals You Will Need
When you’re ready to start your project, you’ll inevitably reach the “fork” in the proverbial road—to do-it-yourself or to hire professional help.
Here’s your warning, and I’ll only say it once, so listen up! If you are planning to DIY, I recommend you do significant research to prevent any mishaps that can turn your dream kitchen in to a #totalfail. Consider asking professionals or others that have had experience with a similar project. Pick their brains for tips and advice. And, if you don't know anyone with some experience under their tool belt, YouTube can be a great resource.
If push comes to shove, and shove comes to doing-it-myself-just-ain't-happening, you can always hire a contractor—if your budget allows. A contractor acts as your project manager, coordinating with all the other necessary vendors to order materials, schedule installs, and oversee the entire project. When appropriate, your general contractor will coordinate with plumbers, electricians, floor installers, etc., so that everything is completed systematically and in the right order. Working with a contractor is also beneficial because they can help you plan out a realistic timeline that will keep your budget on track and minimize the amount of time your kitchen is inaccessible.
Whether you're working with a pro or not, remember to allow up to one week for any final touches or to resolve any unexpected issues that can occur. Keep in mind that an entire kitchen renovation typically means replacing outdated appliances, cabinets, and counter tops and adding or updating back-splash and flooring. According to realtor.com, the average time frame for this process can realistically take an estimated three to six months, depending on the size of your kitchen space and the complexity of the transformation.
If a kitchen renovation sounds like a dream, consider financing options to help you see it through. You don't have to have a lump of cash on hand or max out your credit cards to get the kitchen you've always wanted. There are renovation loan options available that allow you to refinance your home and add the cost of the kitchen (or any other) renovation to the loan balance.
*Be sure to consult your REALTOR® for real estate advice.