Have you ever had people over for a meal or a party and noticed that everyone ends up in the kitchen at some point? It seems to be a natural gathering place, and many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home. If you love to cook, you’re going to spend even more time in the kitchen. Given these facts, it really isn’t surprising that kitchen renovations are some of the most popular out there.
That said, if you’re thinking about renovating the kitchen, it’s important to fully think through the job, the cost, and your objectives before you get started. Too many people dive head first into a kitchen renovation with misconceptions and poor planning. This ends up causing them grief and regret down the line. Read on to learn more about the common misconceptions surrounding kitchen renovations.
1. They always add market value to your home
If you’re going to put time and money into renovating any part of your house, you probably want it to add value to your home. While most kitchen remodels do add market value (and that value is often considerable), the added value isn’t always greater than the cost of the renovation. It’s important to be realistic about the cost of renovation and the projected effect on market value.
Other variables are also important. If you fill your kitchen with high-end upgrades such as stainless steel appliances and marble countertops — yet the rest of your home hasn’t been renovated since the 60’s — that bright new kitchen will not necessarily add value to your home. You’re better off going for renovations that fit your home’s existing style, and saving cash for other upgrades down the road.
2. Every contractor is more or less equal
It’s crucial to put a the proper amount of time and thought into choosing a contractor for your kitchen renovation work. The best candidates will have experience doing work that is similar to what you’re looking for. Ask for recommendations, shop around, read onlie reviews, get quotes, and narrow your options down to a few. If there is one contractor with a quote far lower than the others, consider the possibility that you won’t be getting the best process or results. When it comes to making a final choice, ask for references that you can contact to enquire about the quality of the contractor’s workmanship and service.
3. It’s too expensive
Kitchen remodels aren’t cheap, but there are plenty of ways that you can build toward the kitchen of your dreams while staying within budget. For starters, be very clear with your contractor about budgetary constraints and fee structures, in order to avoid surprises and misunderstandings down the road. A good contractor will be able to tell you where you might be able to cut some corners without sacrificing the overall quality and integrity of the project. For example, if you cabinets are in good shape but just look worn, you could get away with painting them (bright white is a popular option) instead of buying all new ones. But remember — at the end o the day, this is a big investment. It’s no exaggeration to say that you get what you pay for.
Making your kitchen dreams a reality
Kitchen renovations take considerable time and money, and the most successful projects were planned meticulously by discerning homeowners and skilled kitchen renovation contractors. To ensure the best possible outcome, look for a contractor who takes your project — and their own reputation — very seriously.