Planning Kitchen Remodeling Guideline

Kitchen remodeling requires detailed planning, whether you hire a professional contractor or choose to do-it-yourself. However, the planning process is easier than you may think and is outlined as follows: 1) figure out the scope of the kitchen remodeling project, 2) comparison shop for both contractor quotes and financing options, and 3) prepare your kitchen for a renovation.

Determining the scope of the kitchen remodeling project will help you set a timeline, as well as a budget. Your timeline will vary depending on a variety of factors, including materials, style (classic, modern, country, Asian, etc.), appliances, fixtures, etc. Will you be redesigning the kitchen floor plan as well? If so, the new kitchen size will have an impact on space, function, and time frame. For the kitchen area, you will need to determine the following: cabinets (laminate, wood, metal, glass, etc.), appliances (dishwasher, oven, stove, freezer, range, refrigerator, garbage disposal, trash compactor, etc.), countertops (concrete, stainless steel, ceramic style, stone, laminate, wood, etc.), flooring (carpet, wood, stone, bamboo, ceramic tile, concrete, vinyl, etc.), and fixtures (doors, exhaust fan, island, sinks, windows, backsplash, faucets, etc.). For all the options available to you in the kitchen area you can educate yourself online, by going to home improvement stores, or talking to professional contractors and designers. Remember, you need to write down in as much detail as possible the entire scope of your kitchen remodeling project.

Comparison shopping is vital in order to ensure you get the best remodeling quotes and financing terms. If you are going to do the remodeling yourself, you should definitely compare material costs by shopping online as well as visiting several home improvement stores. Prices for the same product can vary widely from store to store, as well as online. Some websites and retail stores are willing to match and beat the prices of their competitors for the same item. So make sure that you write down the prices of the kitchen items you come across. For larger kitchen remodeling projects, hiring a professional contractor is recommended. Professionals are familiar with the various laws and codes that must be adhered to. There are several ways you can go about finding professional contractors, you can ask friends, look in the yellow pages, or search online. No matter which method you choose, make sure that you ask to see their contractors’ license and at least two to three references. When talking to their references, you should ask about the project’s scope, pricing, quality of work, timeliness, professionalism, cleanliness, and responsiveness. Requesting quotes online from professional contracting services is as easy as submitting the scope of your kitchen project. These online services have large databases of pre-screened local contractors that they can forward your project to. These contractors will then call you and set up a meeting time to discuss your kitchen remodeling and provide you with a quote.

Financing options for kitchen remodeling depend on the scope of the project. For standalone kitchen upgrades below $1,000, you may consider various no money down or interest-free offers from local home improvement stores. For projects up to $5,000, you may want to consider using credit cards with low or 0% APR’s. In addition, try to use credit cards that will allow you to accumulate reward points. For large scale projects, you may want to consider either taking on a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or a home equity loan (HEL). There will be certain fees involved in a home equity loan, such as appraisal fees, title fees, originator fees, closing fees, stamp duties, etc. However, the interest rates on home equity loans are usually lower than financing rates from credit cards and other sources. In addition, interest payments on a home equity loan are tax deductible.

The final step in planning your kitchen remodeling is prepping your kitchen for the renovation. A properly prepared kitchen will ensure that the project runs more smoothly. You will want to set some house rules for your professional contractors, such as no smoking, work times, entry and exit points, bathroom usage, parking, language, etc. You will want to remove small appliances and all unnecessary items from the kitchen. Reducing clutter will make it easier for the contractors to work, and reduce the likelihood of items getting damaged or destroyed. Furthermore, cover your floors, carpets, and furniture with plastic covers to protect them from dust and dirt.