The Smart Way to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Ansley Atlanta 05/03/2020

Everyone knows the kitchen is the heart of the home; but it’s also where homeowners spend the most money on renovations and remodeling.

A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs are often recovered by the value the project brings when it’s time to sell. A complete kitchen renovation with a national median cost of $65,000 recovers about 62% of the initial project cost at the home’s resale, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of REALTORS®.

To improve your chances of executing a painless (and profitable) kitchen remodel, follow these four smart remodeling tips:

#1 Plan, and Plan Some More

Planning your kitchen remodel should take more time than the actual construction. If you plan well, the amount of time you’re inconvenienced by construction mayhem will be minimized. Plus, you’re more likely to stay on budget.

How much time should you spend planning? The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends at least six months. That way, you won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction and create change orders, which will inflate construction costs and hurt your return on investment.

#2 Keep the Same Footprint

Nothing will drive up the cost of a remodel faster than changing the location of plumbing pipes and electrical outlets, and knocking down walls. This is usually where unforeseen problems occur. So if possible, keep your appliances and plumbing fixtures (and walls) in the same location. Not only will you save on demolition and reconstruction costs, you’ll cut the amount of dust and debris your project generates.

#3 Focus on Quality

Functionality and durability should be top priorities during kitchen remodeling. Resist low-quality bargains and choose products that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. Solid-surface countertops, for instance, may cost a little more, but with the proper care, they’ll look great for a long time. And if you’re planning on moving soon, products with substantial warranties are a selling advantage.

#4 Communicate

Establishing a good rapport with your project manager or construction team is essential for staying on budget. To keep your project moving along (and on budget):

  • Drop by the project during work hours: being on the job site often shows your commitment to making sure things are done right.
  • Establish a communication routine: Hang a message board on site where you and the project manager can leave notes and updates. Give your email address and cell phone number to subs and team leaders.
  • Set house rules: Be clear about smoking, boom box noise levels, available bathrooms, and appropriate parking.
  • Be kind: Offer refreshments (a little hospitality can go a long way), give praise when warranted, and resist pestering them with conversation, jokes, and questions when they are working. They’ll work better when refreshed and allowed to concentrate on work.

Questions about which improvements will give you the best return on your investment when it comes time to sell? Contact us, we’re here to help!

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