Your Kitchen, Reinvented: The Ultimate Checklist – Part 2: Kitchen Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts

As mentioned earlier, remodeling a kitchen requires careful planning. Therefore, you first need to know what you should and shouldn’t do throughout the entire project. Let the following do’s and don’ts guide you to keep your kitchen remodeling on track:

Kitchen Remodeling Dos and Donts

1. DO know what you want your dream kitchen to look like

You may be able to picture your ideal kitchen in your mind, but if you can’t describe it to your contractor, there’s very little chance that your dream will become a reality. Your contractor needs to know exactly what you want to bring to life.

To get you started, spend some time looking over different kitchen designs in magazines and the internet. If you see parts of a kitchen you like, cut them out, or take pictures of them then collate what you have to give your remodeler a better grasp of the end result for which you’re looking.

2. DON’T forget to plan the area

To look good, your kitchen has to be properly planned out. This may sound like a concern related more to function, but it could very well affect your kitchen’s appearance as well. Proper planning, like accurately implementing the kitchen work triangle, will bring order to your kitchen, making sure everything has its place.

3. DO be prepared to exceed your budget

If there’s one common thing in most remodeling projects, it’s that there’s a tendency for set budgets to be exceeded. As such, it’s best to be prepared with a contingency fund, but you should also know how to prioritize and compromise. If you can’t have everything you want, what’s the next best thing? Don’t hesitate to let your contractor know exactly what you want to achieve because, as experts, they know the lay of the land and will be more than capable of finding workarounds that you will be comfortable with.

4. DO find a reliable contractor.

The surest way to bring your dream kitchen to life is to entrust your remodeling project to a reliable contractor. Take the time to talk to prospects after checking their credentials to get a feel of how communicating with them would go. You want to work with the best in the field, but you also want someone who cares about you. Anyone who puts your concerns first will be worth teaming up with for your kitchen remodel.

In the next post, we’ll take a closer look at the reasons why kitchen remodeling is best left to the professionals. Stay tuned to learn more!

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