Steps to Ensure a Smooth Kitchen Remodel

Embarking on a kitchen remodel can be both an exciting and daunting task. All of the decisions and steps along the way can seem like a lot if you’re not prepared for them. There’s planning and designing the overall layout, choosing flooring and finishes, and managing the construction process too. If you’ve never remodeled a kitchen before, you might not know where to start. Here are the main steps you’ll want to take along the way to ensure a successful project.

Set a Budget

Like with any home project, it’s going to cost money. Before you get too deep into it, you’ll want to set a realistic budget. Consider your needs and goals for the remodel. Make sure you take into account your financial situation and think through if you’ll be using your savings, paying for it as you go, or if you’ll be financing the project. Be sure to include a contingency fund for unexpected expenses that may come up along the way.

Plan the Design

The design can be the hardest part of the remodel so it might be a good idea to get a professional involved. You probably have a good idea of what style or look you want, but when it comes to layout and how to create a functional kitchen, there is a lot that can go into it. You will have to make decisions on appliances, cabinets, countertops, and flooring and it’s imperative that you choose things that will work well together in the space. Lucky for you, that’s exactly what Kitchen Solvers is here to help with. We’re happy to sit down and talk through all of those choices with you so you know you’re making the right decisions.

Choose Quality Materials

Beyond the expertise that we can offer about kitchen layout and function, Kitchen Solvers wants to make sure you’re choosing high-quality materials for your remodel to ensure both longevity and durability. The kitchen is a heavily used space in the home so you want to make sure you are choosing materials that will stand the test of time. Choosing materials that are both functional and stylish is the way to go. Quartz or granite countertops, hardwood or tile flooring, and solid wood cabinets are a few materials that you’ll want to consider for you remodel.

Hire a Reputable Contractor

When choosing a contractor for your remodel, make sure to do your research. Look for someone who not only has experience in kitchen remodels, but also has a good reputation in your area. Read online reviews and ask your friends and acquaintances which contractors they have had good experiences with. Word of mouth goes a long way, and you don’t want to end up regretting your choice because your contractor will be your main partner along the way. Make sure you communicate clearly with your contractor from the start. Talk about your budget, expectations, and goal timeline early to make sure they understand them and are a good fit for your project. Regular check-ins and progress reports along the way can ensure your remodel stays on track. We might be biased, but these are things Kitchen Solvers will offer along the way.

Plan for Temporary Living Arrangements

Depending on the size and scope of your project, it might be a good idea to set up some temporary living space for the duration of the project. This could be as simple as setting up a temporary kitchen in another area of your home like a laundry room or bathroom. Or, if your budget allows it, you could rent an AirBnB or an extended stay hotel room so you’re comfortable. If you’re close with your neighbors, see if they’ll let you borrow their kitchen for some meal prep or invite you over for dinner a couple of times throughout the process.

Expect the Unexpected

Finally, as we already mentioned, there are bound to be hiccups and changes along the way. Be prepared for delays, changes, and unforeseen expenses. It’s impossible to know exactly what those things might be, but it’s important to set your expectations beforehand so you aren’t surprised by them when they happen. Having a little wiggle room built into your budget will ensure that when the unexpected happens, your project can continue and smooth over somewhat quickly.

By taking these steps and being aware of the general flow of your project, you can help ensure that your kitchen remodel is a success. Planning out your design, using quality materials, and choosing a contractor you trust and have clear communication with can be the key differences between a headache and a dream kitchen come true.