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3 Ways to Best Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel

13 January 2018 No Comment

There are many compelling reasons to dive into a kitchen remodel like updating your favorite room in the house and making it more efficient. Of course, one of the most popular reasons is to increase your resale value and recoup your renovation investment. According to research collected from Remodeling Magazine, the average major kitchen remodel runs $59,999 and recoups 64.9 percent of its investment. Meanwhile, minor kitchen remodels averages $20,122 and recoups 83.1 percent of an investment.

Once you’ve settled on the type of kitchen renovation you want to tackle and what you hope to recoup on your investment, it’s time to start planning. Although a renovation can be a daunting process, you can reduce the remodel anxiety with these three tips to best prepare for a kitchen remodel.

Choose the Best Time

There’s always speculation on when the best time to renovate really is and popular opinions usually point to spring or summer. In reality, the best time for a kitchen renovation should be when it’s the least disruptive and aligns with your budget. Undertaking a kitchen renovation right before the holidays likely isn’t a wise choice if you have visions of entertaining and feeding guests. Pick a time of year when you can comfortably live without your kitchen for several weeks, or even months, and settle in.

Figuring out your budget starts with estimating how much a kitchen remodel will cost. Your price tag will vary greatly, but kitchen plans alone may run $2,000 and permits $900. Don’t forget to factor in demolition ($2,000), plumbing ($4,000) and electrical ($3,200). Cabinets, appliances, and countertops are also part of your budget that can topple several thousand dollars. There may also be other areas of the renovation you had not considered including moving windows and your sink. Once you determine a flexible budget for your renovation that factors in unforeseen issues, you’re ready to renovate once your finances are in place.

Get into the Planning Phase

Once you pick the time and budget, your kitchen remodel needs a thorough planning phase to nail down the logistics. Work with a contractor to determine the best layout and plans for your kitchen and your expectations. It’s also worth taking a trip to a showroom to see kitchen models put together that can give you a better sense of your how your renovation will look.

You should also plan on hiring a contractor or crew that suits your needs. Find out how long their last renovations took, their reputation for coming in or over budget, and how their referrals feel about their work. The more you can plan the moving parts to your kitchen remodel in advance, the better your chances of walking away satisfied with the results.

Prep for the Demolition

Some homeowners opt to do their kitchen demolition themselves, although an expert may be better equipped to handle the details themselves. Whichever choice you make, it’s still necessary to prep for the demolition to protect your home and keep the process running smoothly.

But before you take a sledgehammer to your kitchen, make sure the electricity in your breaker box is off, turn off your water source below the kitchen sink, and make sure the gas is off. Next, start thinking about protection and cleanup including taping off areas of the kitchen, like the trim, that doesn’t need to be demolished. Renting a dumpster or hiring a cleanup crew is also an often overlooked part of a demolition that can get your home back in order quickly as the renovation gets underway.

There will always be more things to do in a kitchen remodel than you can probably wrap your head around from keeping clean water nearby to buying enough drop cloths. Walk through the remodel with an expert and jot down notes of supplies and tools you’ll need to get the project done as quickly and painlessly as possible. And once the dirty work is done and your kitchen is put back together, the memory of your remodel and demolition will quickly become a distant memory.


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