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Top Tips from a Kitchen Remodel Professional

Before and after photos from a great home remodel are daunting, often leaving you with questions like, ‘How did they think to do that?’, ‘What can I use from here in my own home?’, ‘Is this something I can handle?’

We work with a home rehab professional who recently completed a kitchen remodel, and here are our top tips to help answer some of these questions and more.

Consider why you are remodeling

The biggest consideration when remodeling should revolve around why you want to remodel in the first place. For example, how long will you be at this place of residence? Some remodels bring you more money at resale, while others should be considered for your own enjoyment. A professional can help you choose a remodel that is right for you and how you’ll use the space.

If you are planning to stay long-term, take a while to settle in before deciding to renovate. After a few months or years, you can learn how you want to use the space so that the remodel can be the most functional space for you and your living needs.

Back to the drawing-board.

How do you best decide on layout and overall concept? Easy – let the professionals do the legwork. A contractor does this for a living, and probably has ideas on kitchen layouts that you wouldn’t even think of. Having professional guidance from the beginning will save you money and headaches in the long haul.

Choose materials that work for you.

The materials you use when remodeling your kitchen should depend on the home and the needs of the remodel. For example, an old home with original cabinets may come with a built-in cavity for the fridge. The cavity may call for some high-end vinyl to allow more space for the refrigerator. If you put hardwood or tile, you lose valuable space.

Style: trendy or traditional?

Style is a personal preference. If you plan to stay at this house for more than five years, go ahead and decorate with your favorite retro-inspired laminate cabinets and patterned wallpaper backdrop. But if you plan to resell after the renovation, keep the style subdued and classic to appeal to more potential buyers.

Plan for the unexpected.

Always, always, always prepare for unforeseen expenses. Plan ahead and prepare for a little extra cushion in your budget – you’ll thank yourself later.

When will I see the real bang for my buck?

Depending on the remodel, it could take a number of months or even years to get money out of your project. For example, paint and new carpet are investments that return quickly, while a new addition could take years to recover the cost.

In the minds of remodel professionals, the old adage, “quality over quantity” rings tried and true. Spend your remodel budget on fewer quality products rather than more cheap updates that may not stand the test of time.

If you are considering a remodel project before you list, we’d love to meet with you and talk through the process. Contact us to set up a meeting today.

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