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The kitchen and bath are the most essential rooms in a home. These spaces should be comfortable and welcoming, while reflecting both the homeowner's personality and a safe and efficient design solution. I understand that the remodeling process can be quite overwhelming and confusing. From choosing a designer and selecting a style, to establishing and sticking to a budget, kitchen and bath projects can be daunting to any homeowner. To complete your project with few, if any regrets, you need to invest both your valuable money and your time. Here are a few tips on how to maximize your return on your investment:
- 1. Put your goals and objectives for the project in writing. This will benefit both you and any allied build/design professionals you may choose to work with.
- 2. Set a palatable budget and try to stick to it. You know what your financial resources are and you know what you are comfortable spending, hence that is your budget number.
- 3. Take your time when you are planning out a kitchen or bath remodel and try to have all your materials selected before the first hammer swings. If you are planning on gutting the entire space then I typically recommend clients spend up to twelve months planning/designing the kitchen and up to six months for a master bathroom.
- 4. Differentiate your needs from your wants.
- 5. Consider resale!!!
- 6. Keep things congruous. Expensive granite countertops typically should not be combined with inexpensive pressboard stock cabinets.
- 7. Kick the tires. There are many “live appliance showrooms” in major cities across the US where you can actually turn on the burners of the cook top and bake a batch of cookies in the oven.
- 8. Avoid the temptation of buying materials/appliances well in advance of installation just because they are a “good deal”. Sales are only a real value if they are installed immediately. If they sit in the garage or in storage the warranty may run out before you get to use them.
- 9. Get real – don’t believe those home remodel reality TV shows. Well-designed kitchens and baths cannot be remodeled in a weekend especially by a novice. So, be honest with yourself – do you really have the skill set and time to start and complete a remodel yourself?
- 10. Assume nothing. To minimize the opportunity for misunderstandings, get everything in writing whether it is from your appliance retailer or your building/design professional.
- 11. Consider your projects impact on the environment. There is a general misconception about the cost of environmentally friendly building materials and design practices.
- 12. Don’t throw away your serviceable cabinets, plumbing fixtures, etc. If you don’t need extra storage capacity in your garage/basement, then consider donating your old serviceable kitchen cabinets to a local charity.
In as much as the major concern among both home owners and realtors are kitchens and baths I have made this a major focus of my core competency.
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