It’s often said a kitchen can make or break selling your home. And consider the time you spend in the room. It’s important to have a functional and comfortable area that fits your taste. Looking to use some of that tax refund to invest in a kitchen remodel? Or looking to spice up your home with an exciting, new kitchen? JM Design, a home remodeling contractor in Cleveland, provides the below guidance and tips on how to handle a kitchen remodel ensuring satisfaction at the end of the project.
But first, the most common question: How long does it take? Of course, it varies. JM Design budgets at least two months from concept to execution on any kitchen design. You’ve likely been thinking about your kitchen remodel for some time before you pull the trigger. That’s fine. No one should feel rushed during this big decision. And that goes for the construction as well. The craftsmanship and quality of work should match that time investment.
First and foremost, you should do some research on contractors to work with. You need to find someone with experience who has completed a variety of remodels in your area and price range.
Once you select a contractor, there will typically be a lead time before they can start work. We at JM Design will work quickly to get your remodel scheduled and started. And we will look for creative ways to allow you to stay in your home safely during the remodel. The lead time to begin actual construction can run as much as three to four weeks from when a contract is started.
Once you have landed on a contractor, it’s important to define the scope of the project in the pre-planning phase. Start with the items that you know you must have. Controlling costs is important when working with a fixed budget and knowing what is central to your remodel is critical. What are the things that you will most enjoy? Differentiate those items that are necessities versus those that are less important. Costs can fluctuate and your remodel can start to get out of control. Don’t let that happen – stay in control and stick to a fixed plan.
A typical budget for a remodel is in the 10 – 30 % value of your total home’s value. While it is a significant investment, homeowners typically get back a fair percentage of their investment while selling the home.
Now that the timing and finances are out of the way, let’s get into the specifics of the remodel. There are three major steps in the kitchen remodeling process: planning, ordering and construction.
Planning is critical. Clients should take as much time as they need to ensure satisfaction. Even though customers often plan before they sign with a contractor, once the costs and nuances are understood, things become real. It is very important to work with your team to see a variety of design and production options. This will allow cost/value analysis which will help you focus on the items that deliver the best return. Making the right decisions up front and taking your time to ensure it’s the right choice can prevent more costly changes or shifts after the remodel starts.
Once you start the selection process, prioritize some decisions over others. Cabinets are usually the item that requires the longest lead time so JM recommends finalizing and ordering the cabinets first. Certain tile and stone products can require long lead times for ordering as well. For homeowners looking for granite, visit a location where slabs are displayed so you can see the intricacies of the color and find the best fit. Specialty backsplash can also take long lead times.
Once you’ve done the planning and ordered the products, the construction phase can start!
The demolition is the beginning of your kitchen remodel. The real work finally can begin and contractors will pull up old floor, remove appliances and remove old fixtures. The demolition will introduce some constraints on the homeowner.
Given you won’t have an operational kitchen for a period of time, it’s wise to establish a temporary kitchen. If you can, set up refrigeration in a different room. It can be as simple as a dorm room refrigerator. You will also need to pack up your kitchen. Similar to what you would do in a move, every item needs to be packed. Think of it as de cluttering as you will find out what you really need to keep!
As each of the items you ordered come in, make sure and inspect to make sure they are in good condition and they are as they appeared when you ordered them. The cadence of installation usually starts with the flooring and finishes with the appliances.
It’s important to stay connected with the project as it develops making sure that the installations are to your expected specifications.
There is a significant amount of work put into a kitchen remodel. Not just for the contractor but for the homeowner. While the process can be arduous and challenging, JM Design will make the process go as smoothly as possible. And in the end, your new kitchen will deliver a level of enjoyment you couldn’t have imagined.