Seven Mistakes To Avoid
During Your Kitchen Remodel
Anyone who has read some of the contractor horror stories that are posted on various news sites and blogs understands how important it is to choose the right contractor for a home remodeling job. However, knowing the importance of the choice is only half the battle. The other half of the battle is knowing how to make the choice. The following guidelines will help you make an informed decision on the best contractor for you and your home.
Mistake # 1 – Doing It Yourself
In Atlanta and North Cobb, like in other areas of the country, homeowners are often not aware of their home improvement limitations, and often underestimate the complexity of kitchen remodeling; they often take shortcuts, and can cause more damage to their kitchen, than help it. Not knowing what you're doing can make your do-it-yourself budget explode and estimated time frame go out the window. Homeowners really "do" have to know, up front, what they're doing, where they're going, and simply can't jump into a kitchen remodel without having a clear plan. Finding a good contractor like, Your Enhancements Inc., will take away the guesswork, help you plan your project, and build your kitchen professionally.
Mistake # 2 – Choosing the Wrong Contractor
Choosing the wrong contractor will not only drain your budget and extend your timeframe, but also may cause your kitchen remodeling project to possibly have to be completely redone. Do it right the first time! An expert contactor is an essential element for a job well done. Keep in mind that the most expensive cabinets, appliances, flooring and tile installed unprofessionally won’t add any value to your kitchen.
Mistake # 3 – Permits
The bottom line is if you perform work without a permit and something serious happens, your homeowner's insurance will often not cover the damages. Obtaining proper permits is important before any major renovation begins.
Mistake # 4 – Unrealistic Budgets & Schedules
Homeowners in the Atlanta area, as in other parts of the country, often underestimate or miscalculate what it's going to cost to do a kitchen remodel. Some homeowners think that it will be too costly to remodel their kitchen, while others don’t prepare themselves realistically to the cost. The best way to deal with this issue is to have a local, North Cobb expert kitchen remodeling contractor walk you through your kitchen and give you a real, honest assessment, helping you make a realistic plan, schedule and budget. Sometimes, it helps to walk through the big chain stores, look at options and price cabinets or countertops. But unless you have a thorough assessment of your kitchen's layout and design, you may either end up scaring yourself or get started on the project that you have not planned for properly. Talk face-to-face with a Kitchen remodeling professional, not simply a warm body at a large chain store.
Mistake # 5 – "Quality" Versus "Cost"
Not all fixtures are created equal. The most expensive fixtures occasionally are not created with functionality and durability in mind, but purely for aesthetics. Do your research on the type of fixtures before opening your wallet. It’s always easier to ask a professional’s opinion and save yourself from the guessing game.
Mistake # 6 – Upgrading Plumbing & Electricity
Homeowners sometimes forget about electric and plumbing upgrades when renovating, either because it's costly or they just don’t know about condition since they simply can't be seen. You'll want to walk through your kitchen and your property with an expert and assess the condition of your plumbing and electrical work, to see if there is indeed a need to upgrade or redo any areas to avoid any future problems. Often, high utility bills are related to inefficiency of older plumbing or electric circuits. You want to make sure everything's working optimally, and that the work is all up to code. Upgrading plumbing (only when necessary) for new appliances before the renovation will save you money and of course future headaches. By overlooking this, you can burn time and money, possibly keeping your project from being completed in a resonable timeframe.
Mistake # 7 – Ventilation & Safety
Some remodelers make the simple mistake of not including safety and new ventilation. When planning your kitchen it is important to select materials that are not only attractive, but provide utility. Install floors that do not get slippery when wet to avoid falls. Install a deep sink if you frequently use large pots and pans. Select services that make sense, not just look good in model homes. When selecting cooktops, ranges, and ovens, make sure the areas are properly ventilated, and can be properly installed.
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