March 15, 2019 Steve Shinn, CR

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

Remodeling a kitchen can be a time-consuming task, especially if you have not taken the time to ask yourself a few questions and determine what the answers to those questions are. Without this knowledge, you will find yourself staring at a completely demoed kitchen having no idea what you are going to do with it!

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before remodeling your kitchen:

  1. What is Your Ultimate Goal?

Are you planning on staying in your home for at least ten years or more, or do you plan to sell it in the next year or two? Does your kitchen need to be updated before you can sell your home or are you simply looking to do a few upgrades to make the space better for your own personal use at the moment? These questions need to be answered so that you can make the best decisions for you and your future.

  1. What is Your Budget for the Project?

Knowing your budget in, in the beginning,ll keep your headaches at bay later on, because you will know exactly what you can afford and what you cannot. You need to be honest with yourself on how much money you have available, or you may find yourself with a half-finished kitchen and no way to pay for the rest of the remodeling. Of course, having a budget isn’t enough. You need to keep that number in mind and make sure that everything you are doing during your remodel is within the costs that you created.

  1. What is Behind Your Walls?

You may want to knock down almost every wall in your kitchen to make it open to the rest of your home, but you may not be able to, depending on what is lurking behind them. While you may think that your contractor will know what is behind them, even they may not know for sure. Therefore, you need to be prepared with a plan b, if your plan a doesn’t come to fruition.

  1. Where Will You Be when the Work is Being Completed?

Kitchen remodeling projects can get messy, which is why some people will leave their home for the duration. However, others will make adjustments, so that they do not need to spend extra money that they could use on their new kitchen. If you choose to stay in your home, then you will need to set up a makeshift kitchen in another area of your home. Place your refrigerator in there, along with a microwave and crockpot, so that you can whip up easy meals to serve on paper plates.

  1. When Can You Start?

You may be ready to start your kitchen remodel yesterday, but please take your time in the planning process. After all, the more planning that you do in advance, the smoother the actual project will be, and that will make up for the delayed start.

Once you have the answers to these five questions, you will be more than ready to get started on your kitchen remodel. However, do not rush into this type of project, as the less planning you do, the more headaches you will have throughout the remodel.