Save time by planning your kitchen remodeling project
Don’t be tempted to rush through the most important part of a kitchen remodeling project. NJ homeowners are very busy with their own lives and have little time to waste, the allure of jumping right into the kitchen remodeling project seems like a good idea at first since it get things moving ASAP, the trouble comes later on when decisions need to made and everything starts to pile up.
Planning your kitchen remodeling project takes time, but it also saves time, much more than the time spent planning. How is this possible you might ask?
Proper planning increases efficiency during the kitchen remodeling construction phases. Having everything ready to go will allow everyone involved to do their part without waiting for selections/direction.
Create a kitchen remodeling checklist by writing out a detailed list of what the kitchen remodeling project will include. Then start looking for kitchen remodeling contractors, plumbers, electricians, tile installers, countertop fabricators, etc for each of the items you have listed.
Kitchen remodeling budgeting tips
Another benefit to planning your kitchen remodeling project, as discussed above, is it helps you to stay on budget because you have a better understanding of the entire scope of work.
Plumbing changes that involve moving the kitchen sink are going to add some big bucks to the kitchen remodeling budget so if you can avoid the move that money can be put to good use in areas that are more appreciated.
A creative kitchen designer can transform your current space into your dream kitchen with just the right products and services that only “look” like you’ve spent $100,000.
Do as much research as possible on every item you will need. Doing this will allow you to understand how these items look, feel and function. Making these decisions at your leisure provides the opportunity to digest all the information.
Once the kitchen remodeling work begins you will feel pressured and rushed to make decisions and may potentially regret a few.
What to look for in a kitchen remodeling contractor
First you’ll want to check if the contractor is licensed in NJ. Kitchen remodeling contractors are required to do so and must also carry insurance in accordance with the NJ home improvement contractor act.
Then take a look at their online presence outside of their own website. Their social media presence is a very important indicator of how happy their clients are. The more positive online reviews the better, never take their word for it.
Look for a kitchen remodeling contractor that will take you shopping and help select the materials for the project so you are sure everything is going to work well together, don’t get fooled into doing all the work yourself.
The kitchen remodeling contractor should also be neat, prompt and responsive right from the start. If they can’t even show up for the first appointment on time or get back to you in a reasonable time with the estimate, how do you think the rest of your kitchen remodeling job will go?
How to prepare before your kitchen remodeling project starts
Make plenty of meals that can be easily reheated during the kitchen renovation. Not having a kitchen for a few weeks can be very difficult. Setting up a temporary kitchen using your old kitchen cabinets and countertops will make it somewhat tolerable.
Start cleaning out the adjacent room to make way for all the work that is about to happen. It’s not 100% necessary but it makes the whole kitchen remodeling project run a lot smoother having the additional space to store items like cabinets and plumbing parts in addition to cutting of materials.
Setting up temporary alarm codes and garage codes for the kitchen remodeling contractors to use for the duration of their work will provide access and keep things secure. Get a copy of your home keys made to put in a lock box.
Write out a complete list of contact information in case of an emergency during the kitchen remodeling project.
Notify your homeowners insurance about your kitchen remodeling plans to make sure that your insurance covers the contents that are being stored at your home, namely contractors tools, appliances and cabinets that are yet to be installed against theft and to what value, an increase in this coverage may be necessary.
Kitchen remodeling can be fun and enjoyable
Believe it or not, kitchen remodeling can be fun and enjoyable if proper planning has taken place. Sure there will be some hiccups along the way but being prepared for them means it will not create an obstacle that will slow you down because you will be ready for it.
Partnering with a kitchen remodeling contractor that you get along with goes a long way when you are working together for weeks on end, nothing’s worse than having a personality conflict with a contractor. If you don’t care for them in the beginning, chances are you’re not going to feel any different in the end.