The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the home. It can be a place of joy and comfort and gets a lot of foot traffic. If you’ve been looking into remodeling options, you’ve probably found how pricey it can be to update this space.
Even if you choose less expensive materials and plan ahead, it’s still a large investment. This means you need to be smart about how you go about your kitchen remodel so you can stay true to your budget and maximize your return on investment. Figuring as much out as possible before you begin actually remodeling will save you both time and money. Here are some tips to help you start off on the right foot to make the entire process go more smoothly.
Why do you want to remodel your kitchen at this time? Do you want to increase your home’s resale value before you move? Do you want to create the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted? Think about your more specific goals as well. Do you want more natural or ambient lighting? Do you need to update all of your outdated fixtures and old appliances to improve your home's energy efficiency? Do you want your space to be more open, or do you need more storage space? Also determine what you want versus what you actually need. Your needs should be your first priority. Compile a list of your most important goals for your new kitchen, and review it until you’re happy.
Determine your budget.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association advises homeowners to spend no more than 15 percent of the market value of the home on a kitchen remodel.
Keep this in mind as you figure out how much you can safely afford to spend on this project. You can then take that number to your remodeling contractor and work together to choose materials and draw up plans to realistically stay within your budget.
Don’t feel like you need to rush into the remodeling part of the project. Careful planning can take a long time—often as long as 6 to 12 months. Try to choose your materials before the home improvement project commences so you have a solid idea of how much money will be allocated where. Picking out materials as you go can be a recipe for disaster and make it very difficult to stay on budget and on schedule. Also figure out a smart layout that will work well for you.
Choose materials carefully.
When choosing materials, you typically shouldn't pair cheap with high quality. You don’t want your kitchen to look mismatched and inauthentic. Try to be congruous in your choices while also considering your family’s needs and lifestyle. Ask yourself questions like
- How durable does your countertop need to be?
- Do you want appliances that hide smudges or require frequent cleaning?
- What’s your personal style?
- Do you want all of your appliances to match? Do you want them to be hidden from view or blend in with the cabinetry?
- How do the different seasons affect your kitchen's natural lighting and temperature?
While you may have resale value in the back of your mind while choosing your materials, think about how long you’ll be staying in your home. If you’re planning on living there for five years or more, choose materials for you and your family, not a future buyer. You want to be happy in your space for the next 5+ years, and by the time you do decide to sell, the trends will have changed anyway.
Find a professional.
When looking for a remodeling company to work with, one of the best things you can do is get references from people you trust. Talk to friends and neighbors in town and ask about their experiences.
When searching for a new remodeling contractor, you should find at least three good prospects, ask for bids, and compare them. The company you choose should be well established, be able to provide references, and possess a license and insurance. Look up their website online to make sure they’re legitimate, and read reviews online.
Looking for a home improvement company in Ames, IA?
If you’re looking for a home improvement company in Ames, consider Cyclone Contracting! We provide kitchen, bathroom, basement, and other home remodeling services to Boone, Story City, and the surrounding communities. To learn about how our remodeling process works, what to make sure you know before hiring a contractor, and other tips to help you make wise decisions when planning for your remodel, check out these other articles:
- Thinking About Remodeling? Learn the Process First.
- How to Avoid Hidden Costs in Your Next Home Remodel
- Expert Remodeling Tips for Ames Homeowners.
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