Remodeling your kitchen can be a huge undertaking. Before you dive into a kitchen remodeling project be sure to know the precautions that you’ll need to take. In this article I’ll give you some of the precautions you’ll need to take and what most home owners do wrong when they are remodeling their kitchens.
Kitchen Remodeling Precautions You’ll Need to Take
Wanting a new kitchen is where most people start when they begin a home remodeling project. The problem that most people run into when starting a kitchen remodel project is they don’t consider everything before beginning the project. Below I’ve listed some of the most common precautions that you’ll need to take when remodeling your kitchen.
You Don’t Need To Buy The Materials Yourself
Most people think that they can shop around for materials and get a better price than the contractor. This is almost never the case. Because most contractors get special, wholesale pricing on most material you won’t be able to get a better price. Usually a good home contractor will pass these savings onto you. In rare cases, the contractor may also visit the store with you.
Failure to Plan the Kitchen Remodel Project
I’m sure you’ve heard the famous quote: “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. It holds true in home remodeling as well as many other aspects of life. You need to plan for every part of your kitchen remodel project from start to finish. Try to include everything you’ll need and even some cushion to account for unexpected items that you don’t really know about yet.
The Devil is in the Details
Make sure you go over with your contractor exactly what you want. Even small details that you think may not be important can be huge when the contractor doesn’t know about them. Try to explain exactly what you want and how it should end up once the contractor is completed the work. And most importantly what will happen if it’s not just like you want it. The project can go along lovely until something happens that wasn’t discussed prior to starting the project. Then you may end up paying much more for the project. Do not assume the contractor knows what you’re talking about. Make sure they understand completely before you begin the project.
The Cheapest Isn’t Always the Best
When you’re going over bids for your kitchen remodel it’s important to consider all the dynamics that make a contractor great. Price may play a huge role in which contractor you choose for your home improvement project but it shouldn’t be the only thing. Check out reviews of the company and their websites. Going with a well respected contractor is sometimes better even if they are a bit higher in price.
You Don’t Know Everything
Most contractors have been doing construction all their lives. I realize you have lived in the home for years but chances are you’re not going to know as much as the contractor does. Nothing will drive up a bid price like second guessing and insulting someone. Don’t think you know more than the contractor and consider what they are telling you. Odds are it’s for your own good.
Get Your Permits and Licenses
Each and every county, city, and state are different when it comes to permits and what you’ll need them for. Be sure to check your local offices and see exactly what permits and licenses you’ll need to do a kitchen remodeling project. A contractor can also help guide you in this area. Although you may think an interior project like this will not require a permit, you could be wrong. And if so, you may be required to demo all the work that was done if it’s not inspected and up to code. You could also run into problems when you went to sell the home years later. Trust me, it’s not worth the headache of not getting the permits. Be sure to allow the price of the permits in your costs as well.
Should You Stay in Your Home?
Many people want to stay in their homes even though a contractor has taken on the kitchen remodel project. For large projects this may not be an option but for smaller projects you’ll want to keep in mind it will be very noisy with saws and hammering going on all throughout the day. Usually it’s best to stay somewhere else unless you invest in some earplugs when you do a kitchen remodeling project.