Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting time in your life. It is, after all, the heart of a household and will completely transform your home; however, it does require work and preparation. It’s not a project to just dive in, and proper planning will help you avoid stress, extra costs and delays.
Minneapolis Contractor’s Choice has remodeled hundreds of kitchens throughout the Twin Cities, St. Paul, Wayzata, Edina, Bloomington, Lakeville and more. We love Minneapolis and the beautiful infrastructure it has to offer. We’ve also learned common mistakes homeowners make when remodeling their kitchen.
We’ve put together the top 5 to hopefully save you time and money when it comes to your kitchen remodel.
Contact one of our experts at 952-564-9118 for a free home remodeling consultation.
Not doing enough research
Don’t take someone else’s word for it, do your own research. Educate yourself on average costs of kitchen remodels, popular trends and styles, average length of time for specific projects, ect. Doing research will best prepare you to ask the right questions and set your expectations.
Making sure the design of the kitchen serves both style and function
Topping the list of Better Homes & Garden, the design of the kitchen is crucial. This should go without saying, but, more often than not, homeowners are trusting too much in their contractors and not paying enough attention to the design. You know your lifestyle and needs better than anyone else, so it is important for you to verify the final design meets the needs of your household. Yes, style is important and the layout should instill pride when guests are over, but it should also be functional. Is the sink close to the dishwasher? If you have children, an oven in the island might not be the safest idea. Where is the trash bin? Small details like this will improve your quality of everyday life when using the most common room of the house!
Not asking enough questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! It is your product supplier and contractor’s job to make sure that you are satisfied with all the information provided. How long is this going to take? Will there be extra cost? Is the kitchen cabinetry 100% solid wood? Is there a warranty? Do you offer more styles in Quartz or Granite countertops? When interviewing different companies, consider it very much like a job interview, because it is. But you get to be the interviewer. It’s your family’s hard earned money being invested in this remodel, so you should pick a company that you feel most comfortable and at home with. Just check out what all of our happy clients had to say about their experience working with Minneapolis Contractor’s Choice!
Plan in advance. Delays happen, and your kitchen might be out of operation longer than expected
Even the most perfectly executed projects experience delays. This shouldn’t discourage you, but it should make you aware to plan for it. Scheduling a kitchen remodeling before a big holiday, especially if you’re hosting, might not the best idea. Do you have family visiting? Can you go an extra week without a kitchen if need be? You will thank yourself later if you plan accordingly. The wait is worth it, but why not make it easier?
Choose quality kitchen cabinetry. Thinking longterm will save you money in the long run.
Saving money on low quality items now will cost you a lot more money when you have to replace it. Areas such as cabinetry, countertops, flooring, ect. should be purchased to last. Remodeling a kitchen is an investment, and is not like buying a new pair of shoes. Ideally, you won’t have to remodel your kitchen (if don’t properly) for years to come, and choose quality products will not only increase your quality of life, but it will increase the value of your home. Quality service and quality items should be a guarantee when choosing the company to remodel your home.