Kitchen remodeling can be an exciting project, but it can also be overwhelming and costly if you make mistakes.
Here are some tips on how to avoid kitchen remodeling mistakes:
- Have a clear plan: Before you start any remodeling work, make sure you have a clear plan in place. This should include a budget, a timeline, and a list of the changes you want to make. Having a plan will help you stay focused and avoid any unnecessary expenses.
- Focus on functionality: While it’s tempting to go for trendy designs, it’s important to prioritise functionality. Make sure your kitchen layout makes sense and that everything is easily accessible. Think about your daily routine and how you use your kitchen, and design accordingly.
- Consider the resale value: Even if you’re not planning on selling your home in the near future, it’s important to consider the resale value of your kitchen remodel. Stick to timeless designs and avoid anything too trendy or personalised. This will ensure that your investment pays off in the long run as neutral colours often promise a higher resale value.
- Don’t skimp on quality: Cutting corners on materials or workmanship may save you money in the short term, but it will likely cost you more in the long run. Invest in high-quality materials and experienced professionals to ensure that your kitchen remodel lasts for years to come.
- Stick to the budget: It’s easy to get carried away with a kitchen remodel and overspend. Make sure you set a realistic budget and stick to it. If you find yourself going over budget, prioritize the most important changes and postpone any non-essential upgrades. Although it’s always tempting to redo the kitchen layout or relocate a sink or install a new tap, your costs will likely also change and increase sharply.
- Not Doing Enough Research: The first step in any home improvement project is to do your homework. You need to research the local market, materials and contractors before you begin planning your kitchen remodel.
- Research the local market: This will help you understand what other homes have sold for in similar neighbourhoods and how much they cost. It’s also important that you know what similar houses are selling for today so that when it comes time for negotiations with your realtor or contractor, they don’t try to lowball their price based on outdated information from last year’s sales data.
- Materials: Once you’ve done your research on materials costs (and taken into account any discounts or rebates offered by manufacturers), make sure that these figures are accurate by getting quotes from at least three different suppliers so that there isn’t too much discrepancy between them all–you don’t want one company charging $500 per countertop while another charges $1,000!
- Contractors: Get multiple quotes from different contractors who specialise in kitchen remodels so that there aren’t any hidden fees involved later down the road when everything comes together nicely without any unexpected or major problems.
- Go easy on open shelving: Open shelves look alluring and they offer ease of access, but you’ll probably find more dust and chores to keep them clean. This can makes maintenance quite a headache, so it’s best to go with a combination of open shelves and closed storage in your design. Glass doors are perfect to display crockery and nice china in a dust-free environment.
- Don’t over-furnish the kitchen: Another common mistake that occurs when people remodel the entire kitchen is over-furnishing. A functional kitchen needs to have open space, as you should be able to turn around without bumping into a counter or a shelf. On average, the distance between counters should be at least 100cm.
- Use top-quality resistant paint in the kitchen: All kitchen surfaces face a combination of factors not found in any other room inside the house. There could be water damage, smoke exposure, not to mention what grease does to the walls. It will not only save you time and money so that you’re not faced with greasy walls or peeling wall paint.
- Getting the window treatments right: One type of damage that is often missed in the kitchen, is sunlight. While the kitchen should have enough natural light during the day but this doesn’t mean that you should always expose it to strong sunlight. The right window treatments should be thick enough to repel strong UV rays in summer. Roller blinds, for example, are considered excellent window dressings. If the sun isn’t so strong, then Venetian blinds should do the trick.
By following these tips, you can avoid common kitchen remodeling mistakes and create a space that is both functional and beautiful.