10 Kitchen Remodeling Considerations to Get You Started

10 Kitchen Remodeling Considerations to Get You Started

Kitchen remodeling is easier than ever before with the help of internet searches before choosing a contractor. But where do you start with so many factors to consider? After all, when undertaking a kitchen and/or bathroom remodel, you are investing in the most important functional rooms in your house. Here are questions to consider, and suggestions on how to sift through the kitchen remodeling process.

  • There are plenty of web sites and resources to help you find local remodeling contractors. Sites such as Houzz or Remodeling offer photos, articles, and ideas for unique kitchen remodels. You can also search for reputable, local remodeling contractors who use a kitchen or bathroom cost estimator to help you plan within your budget.
  • A kitchen remodel will increase the value of your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, kitchen remodeling creates a high “Joy Score” with homeowners, second only to bathroom remodeling as the most desired home improvement. And if you should ever consider selling your home in the future, an inviting kitchen remodel makes a vital first impression to buyers with high expectations for a modern, upgraded kitchen.
  • Doing a kitchen remodel now provides you with upgraded convenience and more space to enjoy family and guests. Perhaps your children are grown, and they are now starting families of their own. As families grow, so do their space requirements. You may even decide to incorporate other remodeling projects such as a small bathroom makeover. Even a minor kitchen remodel can make an enormous difference in your home’s comfort, attractiveness and efficiency.
  • Choosing which contractor to hire is tantamount to ensure excellence in craftsmanship and design. Discussing your lifestyle is imperative. Factors such as the size of your family, your entertaining preferences and frequency, your cooking expertise and your storage requirements are ALL important considerations in your kitchen remodeling.
  • Will your kitchen remodel project include an adjacent sunroom remodel or bathroom remodel? A contractor can help you decide whether it may be worth including these makeovers at the same time by using a bathroom remodel cost estimator. Most kitchen remodeling contractors are also qualified to provide home bathroom remodeling.
  • Visiting showrooms, surfing the internet and clipping photos from magazines are wonderful tools for decisions on the seemingly endless possibilities for unique kitchen remodels. Your choice of materials will obviously determine most of your remodel cost. Other considerations are based on labor, design and square footage. Shopping for new appliances, or utilizing your existing appliances should also be considered in the cost.
  • Many remodeling contractors offer free design services and guide books to get you started. Sift through their portfolios, usually available online, and discuss with them specific kitchen remodels – even bathroom remodels that interest you. Your remodel cost will be strongly based on the materials you choose. Ask how a contractor can help you shave costs through various lighting, flooring, cabinetry and cabinetry options? Often, they may suggest alternative materials you may have overlooked.
  • Remember that HOW you will use your new kitchen remodel may be the most important design factor. Ask yourself the following questions. Do you own pets or have children? Is your kitchen remodel going to be in a high traffic area, or tucked away in a more private area? How much storage is adequate? Will you consider including a nearby outdoor remodeling, small bathroom makeover or sunroom remodeling? How much countertop space are you looking for? Do you need more for food preparation or serving space?
  • Remodeling contractors often post testimonials from their clients on their web sites. Pay attention to them. Are they actors, or real customers who may be willing to share their experience with you? Does the contractor have professional affiliations, such as the National Home Builders Association?
  • Kitchen remodeling should not overwhelm you. It should be an adventurous and creative process. Partnering with a trustworthy, experienced kitchen remodel contractor is crucial in turning your wish-list kitchen into a reality.