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A quick guide to your kitchen renovation

When renovating your kitchen, the details matter. Make sure to know exactly what you want to change, and why it is important to you, from the very start.  Ask yourself: What do you value in your home and kitchen space? Will you be using this kitchen for the next decade? Is this your home for life? Are you looking for a return on investment when you sell your house? All of these questions need answers before you begin the process of transforming your space. Once you know what to expect out of the final product, the renovation process itself will be smooth and successful.

Budgeting: A must for any home renovation project

Perhaps the most important part of a kitchen renovation is the budget. Avoid overspending by crafting a strict budget from the start. Come up with a list of priorities. Are new cabinets more important to you than a new stove? When shopping around, the fancier faucets or appliances might start to look very appealing, but keep in mind that what looks good in the store might not suit your own kitchen. Consider bringing pictures with you to envision what sorts of accessories and appliances might fit. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to have an idea of what kind of sink, back-splash or cabinet hardware you want. Plan for a piece of the budget to go toward the unexpected. That way, when unanticipated costs appear, you will still be able to afford it.

The cost for your new kitchen

Kitchen renovations start at around $60,000, but the average cost is more – around $80,000. The top three things that you will be spending money on are cabinets, labor, and appliances. Flooring and lighting are also big players, but they are more dependent on how you want to renovate. Hiring a contractor, architect, or certified kitchen designer is also a good idea. They will ensure your renovations are appropriate, feasible, and on the right track. While you should let the professionals handle most of the renovation, know that you can take care of simple fixes yourself, such as taking out the old cabinets, appliances, and flooring first.

Become familiar with time management

Kitchen renovations tend to last around six to ten weeks. This is a long time to not use a key part of your home. You may need to accommodate yourself differently in the meantime.  This could mean staying in a hotel, moving some things into storage, or staying with family or friends during the process. If these aren’t entirely feasible, you can also simply create a temporary kitchen set-up in another room. You should also factor in restaurant and take-out bills because you won’t be able to cook as much at home. All of these considerations will take up time and money, so make sure to understand how this will affect you and your budget. Create a strict schedule for the renovations, from the electrical and plumbing work to the installation of new appliances, cabinets, etc., to avoid lengthening the process.

The kitchen is a place in your home for eating, gathering, and socializing. A lot of time is spent in this room, so by renovating it, you will give your home a whole new vibe and a fresh feel.

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