Every project is different, but there are some remodeling tips and suggestions that apply to any, which can help ensure your remodel is a success. When getting started, consider some of the following tips to avoid headaches further down the road.
- Get a planning workbook. Visit the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) for a free workbook.
- What do you like and not like about your current kitchen? Make a list of everything and plan accordingly.
- Consider a certified designer. Visit the NKBA for assistance on finding designers in your area.
- Hire professionals you're familiar with. Enlisting friends or family, or using reliable professionals you've worked with in the past should help make for a better, less stress-filled experience.
- Be involved when hiring subcontractors. Don't leave the responsibility solely with the general contractor.
- Get bids. Be sure to shop around when selecting a contractor, and get at least three bids. And remember, the lowest bid isn't always the best, so be cautious when considering the lowest bidder.
- Get references. Before making your final decision on a contractor make sure to check them out by getting references.
- Check for proper liability insurance.
- Get a detailed timetable.
- Stay the course. Avoid changing your mind in the middle of the project as changes usually lead to cost overruns and delays.
- Get involved in the cabinetry decision. Don't leave it up to the contractor alone.
- It's all in the materials. Consider well-built drawers and glides as these get regular use.
- Focus on convenience and utility. Options like a Lazy Susan, tilt out trays and deep pot drawers make living and cooking in your new kitchen easy.
- Factor extra time for the project into your daily schedule.