Is Kitchen Remodeling Right For You?
Home renovations come with many benefits. They make your home more comfortable for you because they give you the opportunity to express your personality and lifestyle. Some home renovations are simple and relatively headache-free. Major kitchen remodeling, however, is another kettle of fish. It can have a big impact on your life in more ways than one. While it can certainly give you your dream kitchen, you have to go through quite a few nightmares before the finish line.
For one thing, major kitchen remodeling projects tend to cost a whole lot. Fairfax Kitchen Bath does offer packages for basic kitchen remodeling projects starting at $8,450. However, you vision of your dream kitchen can easily drive that up to a much higher figure. You might consider doing it all yourself if you have the skills needed, in which case you are looking at months of work, for which your kitchen will not be usable for a big chunk of that time.
That said, a remodeled kitchen done right will make you love your home more, and it will make more people want to buy it when you finally decide to sell it. Even if you don’t for a good many years, a nice kitchen will make it all that more desirable in which to spend time with family and friends. It can be worth the effort, time, and money if you understand why you are doing it fully, and if it is the right thing for you at that particular time. Before going full tilt into a kitchen remodeling, take the time to think about it. Assess your needs, wants, and capacity to see it through so you can manage your expectations and avoid disappointment and sticker shock.
What do you want and need?
Most people are quite aware of what they want in kitchen remodeling. They want a kitchen that looks fantastic and updated, with all the possible features available. However, what they want may not be what they need.
For example, homeowners that spend very little time in the kitchen may not need anything more than the basic elements: sink, refrigerator, and stove top. They will not need much storage space or appliances because they don’t use them. In some homes, a snazzy wall oven is more decoration than appliance because it has never been opened.
Before embarking on a kitchen remodel, find out what you actually need to function in the kitchen. Do you need more countertops? Do you need to make the most of the space? Does your layout work for you? Do you need new cabinets? Do you really need a kitchen island?
In many cases, you do need to update the kitchen because it looks like a throwback Thursday photo. However, that will not usually involve a complete remodel. You may be able to achieve that by simply putting in new countertops, refacing cabinets, repainting walls, or a combination of any of these. You should still get a pro to do this for you, but it will not cost quite as much money and time as a complete remodel.
Make a list of the problems you have with your kitchen and rank them according to how much it affects your ability to get things down. This will give you a better grasp on what you need, as opposed to what you want, and establish whether a complete kitchen remodel is right for you.
How much can you afford?
A kitchen remodel (or any type of home improvement, for that matter) depends on what you can afford. If you have an unlimited budget, then this section becomes moot. However, if you are like most people, you need to sit down with your checkbook and consider how much you can actually afford to put into remodel. If you made the checklist above, you can clearly see if there are things in there that you simply cannot delay. It could be a busted sink or a water-damaged ceiling. You have to find the money for these things because you need to attend to them.
On the other hand, if there is nothing that jumps out at you marked “immediate,” you can move on to non-urgent needs. For example, if you have a hard time finding storage space for all your things, you can prioritize new cabinets. Ditto for more workspace and new countertops. You can get free estimates for getting both these things done to see if you can afford one or both without too much hardship.
Take a good, hard look at your finances and decide on a budget. Based on that, you can start ticking off the items on your list according to importance until you reach your limit. Approaching the money side of a kitchen renovation this ways protects you from sticker shock and still get most of what you need done.
How much can you stand?
Cost is a driving factor, but that is not the only thing you need to manage. A kitchen remodel, even a small one, is sure to be a source of inconvenience for you. If you have a contractor, you will have strangers in your house, making a mess and keeping you out of the kitchen for the duration of the project. If you do the remodel yourself, it is not only inconvenient, it is also time-consuming. In either case, you need to decide how much inconvenience you can stand, and for how long. This will determine if a kitchen remodel is for you, and how far you can go with it. You can ask your contractor for an estimate on how long a project will take. If it makes you shudder, you may want to consider scaling back.
A major kitchen renovation is a decision you should not take lightly. You can consult with experienced remodeling contractors to help you manage your expectations. Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Contact us today to get a free quote and design consultation for the right kitchen remodeling project for you.
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