Who - and What - You Don't Want to Leave Out of Your Kitchen Remodel
Don’t leave this mass undertaking to fate! Do your due diligence with both people and technology before getting started.
Your kitchen island, pot filler and second sink may come in very handy in your new kitchen but, before you even get started on your remodel, there are a few important things to consider first. Don’t leave these five people and things out of your project planning!
1. A Certified Kitchen Planner and/or Interior Designer
To help you think of the things you might otherwise take for granted, such as kitchen workflow, hire an expert. The sink, stove and refrigerator typically create a work triangle but perhaps you have other ideas in mind or your layout is unique. A pro can help! The fine-tuning and idea sharing will be worth their weight in brushed stainless fixtures, even for the best DIYers out there. If you’re a first-timer, they will also help with logistics such what to buy first. For example, it’s much easier to fit cabinets and counters to your appliances than the other way around so they’ll typically recommend choosing and buying your appliances first!
2. A Trusted Contractor
We’ve all heard the worst-case-scenario stories of jobs gone bad or subcontractors jumping ship mid-project but, thankfully, those don’t account for the majority of construction and remodel projects. You want a licensed, insured (get the numbers to be sure they are current) contractor with no prior or pending legal actions or complaints. A recommendation from a trusted friend or relative is great but there is nothing better than your own instincts and a background check.
Bid out and interview several contractors and do your research beyond the background! Bad vibes equal a no-go. Check Yelp and other sources for reviews and read them…thoroughly. Do they have a website and a Facebook Page or Instagram account? Check for reviews and professionalism there also. Change orders and rough spots are inevitable so you want to be sure you choose someone you can work with for the duration of the project.
3. A Real Estate Agent
If this project is for you and you only, property values may not be a factor but if you ever plan on selling, don’t skip this step! Find out how much your home is worth and what value a new kitchen will add before you dig in. Why? Over-improving your home can be costly! An experienced realtor will research not only your home’s value but the homes in your neighborhood as well. He or she will also take into account how long you plan to stay in the home and what your current equity is. This is the ONE time we recommend keeping up with the Joneses!
4. Your Budget
By this point, you’ve already spent the money to get much-needed expert opinions, but avoiding a projected budget could mean trouble. Not all first-time remodelers know, for example, that kitchen cabinets typically take up to one-third of the budget, and for good reason. Not only do you want to avoid particle board being landfill-bound, but “cabinetry should be one of the biggest investments in a kitchen even it’s a rental property,” said Kim Nielsen, interior designer. Without a working budget of estimated costs, you might over- or under-estimate expenses, throwing everything else off.
5. Technological Tools
Now that you have the right people for your budgeted home project, consider what technological options will make things easier...on everyone but especially on you! How will you most effectively communicate with your contractor, who has several other projects to manage? At what point should you involved your interior designer and will s/he need to be privy to what your contractor is doing? And what about the confusion with those change orders? With many moving parts, one centralized construction management software tool (shameless plug - that’s us) just makes good sense. And it’s probably the least expensive thing on this list!
For more great technology tips, refer back to our Simple Technology + Tablet Giveaway blog. And remember to keep ahead of potential project disasters with the right team. A team we’d love to be a part of! Grab your free, 30-minute demo here and uncover the mystery behind remodeling made simple!