Dos and Don’ts for Kitchen Renovation
According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, a complete kitchen renovation has a national median cost of $60,000. So, if you have decided to take the plunge and redo your kitchen, it is imperative that you do it right.

It is easy to get carried away with the plush looking kitchen renovation photos on Pinterest and go overboard with faddish choices that can translate into wasted time and monetary investment. Not to mention that what’s in vogue today may quickly look old school in a few years.

On the other hand, if you get your moves right, you can recoup up to 67% (Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report) of the remodeling costs when you decide to sell the house.

Here’s a list of dos and don’ts that will help you get the best out of your remodel project.

Dos

Be sure about what you want from your kitchen space. Do your research and create a list of ‘absolutes’. If you walk into a Kitchen design meeting with a prospective contractor without being informed, you may end up buying things that are not needed and this can quickly compound the cost of the project.

Browse through design magazines and keep photos handy if need be. Visualize the end result of what your kitchen remodel should look like and stick to it if you do not want to be fobbed off. From an ideal layout to finishes and functionality, you should know what you want. Sneaky sales reps often try to unload higher priced models on unsuspecting customers.

Be choosy with contractors. Schedule multiple meetings and feel free to discuss your apprehensions. Ask them for references of recently completed projects, a copy of their license and insurance information.

Budget to exceed. There will always be unforeseen costs and you need to budget at least 10% more than what you expect it to cost.

Expect delays. Even though your contractor will give you a completion date, ensure that you have a buffer of at least two weeks to finalize the details.

Don’ts

Don’t remodel with a prospective buyer in mind. Your kitchen remodel should be based solely on your requirements. Is the kitchen the hub of activity for the family? Then it may require durable flooring and finishes that can withstand wear and tear and are low on maintenance. If you are an empty nester, then do you really need to invest in top-of-the-line appliances? Plan with functionality in mind.

Do not get coaxed into buying ‘Faux-Pro’ models because they are overpriced and you can always get mainstream appliances that work equally well.

Don’t price yourself out of the neighborhood with your remodel. Think about what you can recoup when you plan to sell the house.

Don’t let price be the sole deciding factor when choosing a contractor. Experience, quality and references should always supersede price while choosing service providers.

A well-executed Kitchen remodel can add to the value of your home. Ensure that you follow these dos and don’ts for a hassle free experience.