There’s no doubt that it’s finally time to replace the 1980s butcher-block and Corian kitchen that you’ve been making do with all these years. But you may be worried about cost or not knowing who to turn to in order to create your dream kitchen or that it will become too big of a project, taking over your life and disrupting your home. So many people have these similar concerns—but once they get started on the process, they realize that many of these fears are in actuality just common misconceptions. Here are five common misconceptions when it comes to kitchen remodeling costs:
MISCONCEPTION 1: If I plan ahead, I can create an airtight budget. Planning ahead extensively is encouraged and will help you out a lot during the kitchen remodel process. However, no matter how much you plan, things can still happen that will cost you more money than you anticipated. Even if nothing goes wrong and everything proceeds according to plan, there are still some aspects of a kitchen remodel that you may not foresee. For example, the prices of the appliances you want may rise or fall by the time you need to buy them. And things that aren’t directly related to the kitchen remodel may arise, such as the cost of eating out while your kitchen is being remodeled. So, no matter how intricately you plan ahead of time, you’ll still want to allow for those unexpected costs in your budget.
MISCONCEPTION 2: If I hire professionals, I don’t need to be too involved in the process. There’s no such thing as a hands-off remodel project—at least, there shouldn’t be! Hiring professionals can take care of some of the coordination and actual application that you can’t do yourself, but you’ll still need to be involved in many parts of your project, such as making the many decisions involved. Of course, you can (and should) ask advice from professionals, but it’s up to you to do your own research and make final decisions—after all, it’s your kitchen, and you should make sure you will love the end product!
Another reason you shouldn’t leave everything to the professionals is to make sure you’re not ripped off by the price they offer. You will need to put forth some energy and effort into hiring the right people you can trust.
MISCONCEPTION 3: I have to know exactly what I need before talking to any experts. Even if you have a strong idea of what you want, be open to advice from professionals. Architects, kitchen-design experts, and even installation specialists do projects like yours for a living. They’ll have input and insight that you don’t have, and they’ll likely be able to think of details and considerations you won’t even know to consider, especially if you’re starting on a remodeling project for the first time!
MISCONCEPTION 4: Remodeling my kitchen is too expensive. While no remodeling project is cheap, you can be smart about yours to cut down on costs. For example, you can do some of the labor yourself, or pick and choose what you want to keep and change. Additionally, if you’re getting rid of appliances or materials from your current kitchen, see if you can sell them and get some money back that way.
In terms of hiring experts, start by getting recommendations from people you know and trust. And when you’re searching for the right people to hire, talk to many different candidates and get multiple opinions on cost, layout, materials, and anything else you may need advice on. Trusting the opinion of one expert only can be helpful if you find the right person, but will more often than not be costly.
MISCONCEPTION 5: I don’t have enough space in my kitchen. Remember, a new design can open up space you never thought you had! You don’t necessarily need to tear down a wall or expand your kitchen in order to have more counter or storage space during a remodel; with careful design, you can free up space you didn’t think you had before with your existing space. If you’re concerned about the amount of space you have or need in your kitchen meet with an architect or designer—or several—to learn about all your options.
Remember, a new design can open up space you never thought you had! You don’t necessarily need to tear down a wall or expand your kitchen in order to have more counter or storage space during a remodel; with careful design, you can free up space you didn’t think you had before with your existing space. If you’re concerned about the amount of space you have or need in your kitchen meet with an architect or designer—or several—to learn about all your options.