What are the most used rooms in your home? Ding! Ding! Ding! If you thought kitchen and bathroom, you’re absolutely correct. However, with the title of being the most used rooms in your home also brings upon the title of becoming the rooms which age the most quickly. Fortunately, a remodeling project can provide the opportunity to give these aged spaces a cosmetic makeover. And, the opportunity to upgrade your kitchen and bathroom to the latest features can also work towards increasing the value of your home.
There’s an abundance of readily available options for your remodeling project. While these options can be exciting, they can also allow a remodeling project to get off-track quickly. It’s easy for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project to exceed budget and schedule, try these tips for keeping your kitchen and bathroom remodeling costs under control.
1. Have a Plan
Having a plan is the most important step in ensuring your remodeling remains on schedule and budget. Meeting with a professional kitchen and bathroom designer who can draw up a remodeling plan helps to make efficient use of the space in the room, often allows you to make choices that may lower remodeling costs, and most importantly – ensures that important items or features aren’t overlooked. A drawing also helps contractors provide accurate estimates for the costs involved with your project and allows you to get required permits.
2. Hire an Experienced Contractor You Can Work With
Good communication is a key ingredient to keeping kitchen and bathroom remodeling costs under control. Depending on the scope of your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, a contractor may be working on your kitchen or bathroom for several weeks before the project is complete. While you may have to check their references to verify that they have the experience to tackle your remodeling job, you can often tell a lot about their personality during the initial meeting. The contractor may never be your best friend, but your remodeling project should be much more enjoyable for everyone involved if a good relationship can be maintained during the course of the job.
3. Create a Reasonable Budget
There’s no shame around being concerned about your kitchen and bathroom remodeling project costs. Few homeowners have the resources to simply tell a contractor that costs are not an issue. Create a budget that you can easily afford. Stretching yourself to the limit can be stressful and there’s a pretty good chance that there may be some unexpected costs during your remodeling project. And consider putting off some upgrades until a later date to reduce remodeling costs. New kitchen appliances can be added later and even floor coverings can usually be done after most of the kitchen or bathroom remodeling project is complete.
4. Resist the Urge to Make Changes
Be aware of the possible consequences that making changes to your project can have on your kitchen or bathroom remodeling costs. The reality is that remodeling costs can get out of control by making changes. Resist the urge to make any changes once construction has begun on your project. Making changes can delay the schedule, may cause the contractor to shift workers to another home, and almost always increases remodeling costs. Many kitchen and bathroom materials require lead times when ordered so they’re on the job site when needed. And if you change a kitchen cabinet selection, countertop material, or soaking tub brand, weeks could be added to your completion date. When a contractor moves their workers to another site until the new materials arrive, it can sometimes take a while before they are able to return.
5. Let Those Working Do Their Job
It’s only natural to want to see the progress being made on your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project – after all, it’s your house. However, from a cost management perspective, it’s often better to wait until after working hours to take a stroll through the area under construction. Many of the workers are there to do a specific task and will have no idea about the plan for the overall project. While being friendly is fine, asking questions can slow down their progress and may even lead to confusion and a work stoppage. It’s usually best to hold your questions for the general contractor or jobsite superintendent who is responsible for supervising your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. The exception is if you see something being done incorrectly or differently than you had anticipated. When that happens, stopping the worker will often be much appreciated.
Just like almost any other job, planning, hiring the right people, and keeping costs in-line are usually the keys to keeping your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project running smoothly.
Now that you know what to expect during a kitchen remodel, it’s time to find the experts to actually do it. And that’s where Kitchen Solvers can help. Our team can help you craft the perfect blueprint for your remodel and put it all together for you. Contact us today to learn more!
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