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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Kitchen Remodel

Posted on March 15, 2019

Ashburn VA Kitchen Remodel Contractor

A kitchen remodel can be both an exciting and daunting task. It allows you to get the most out of your kitchen, put your own stamp on it, or even simply change your perspective. However, you do have quite a bit of work ahead of you — whether you do it yourself or hire a remodeling contractor. At the very least, you'll have to plan thoroughly before you get started. Here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind.

Set a Budget

The first thing you'll need to do is set a budget, and be honest with yourself. We'd all love to go all out with our remodeling projects, but if the funds aren't there, you may have to be more realistic. Research the typical costs of what you'd like to do so that you can set your expectations. You may also want to consider financing options if they're available.

DIY vs. Professional Contractor

One of the biggest questions you'll need to consider is whether to hire a professional to remodel your kitchen or take the project on yourself. Some will say that DIY is more affordable, but that's not always the case. While you won't have to pay anyone for labor, if you make any mistakes on the job, you will have to correct them on your own dime. There's also more risk involved, whereas professional contractors are insured so even in the event of an accident, the burden doesn't fall on you.

The Best Time

Summer is generally considered the best time of year for indoor remodeling projects like kitchen remodels. The long days allow light through the windows for a longer period of time. However, this is consequently a popular time to schedule kitchen remodels, so contractors will be busy in summer. If you want more freedom in scheduling, you might consider scheduling your kitchen remodel in off-season.

Space and Layout

When you hire a professional remodeling contractor, they'll do the work of remodeling the kitchen, but you do have to give them an idea of what you want. Your kitchen shouldn't just be aesthetically pleasing. It should be functional as well. Consider the space you have and the layout that would make the best of it. Look through images of kitchens on pinterest and brainstorm with your contractors to create a layout that's practical, as well as ideal.

Prepare For the Unexpected

One of the most important things to keep in mind in your planning is that you can never predict everything. The material you want for your countertops may be on backorder. A wall that you planned to remove, might be load-bearing. Even with a professional contractor, there might be accidents or delays. Fortunately, the contractor will be covered, but you do want to plan for any unexpected expenses and delays just to be safe.

Need help planning your kitchen remodel? Contact Elements Home Remodeling for more information or a free estimate.

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