Fears of disruption, unexpected results, and possible buyer’s remorse might be holding you back from making desperately-needed changes. Such hesitation could result in you keeping an old kitchen design that has outlived its usefulness or prevent you from making as many upgrades as you should. Here are a few ways to overcome these fears and ensure that your remodeling project will be a wonderful success:
Start with a Well-Thought-Out Design
This is the biggest key to satisfaction. Avoid the urge to try to cram all of the latest and greatest into your available space. Instead, start with a plan that maximizes room to move and provides plenty of space for storage. Be especially careful to retain space around major appliances and other permanent installations. According to the Saint Charles County Suburban Journal, some specific space requirements include:
- Four feet of space around the refrigerator to allow the door to open freely
- Three feet of space on at least three sides of a kitchen island
- Enough room to walk past a dishwasher when its door is open
Of course, you also need enough room to walk around open cabinets and other such temporary obstacles. This will help ensure that the kitchen doesn’t feel cramped.
Be Careful with Trends
Up-to-the-minute trend following is dangerous in two ways. The first problem is that your tastes may change over the years, leading you to end up sorry that you chose certain trendy items. Another problem comes up if you decide to sell the house. Traditional designs still appeal to the most people, so they help the sales process. However, trendy items only appeal to those who still like that particular trend when the house goes on the market.
This isn’t to say that you should never add trendy elements to a kitchen. However, you’re more likely to be satisfied if you save them for peripheral items.
Build Some Flexibility Into the Remodeling Budget
No one wants to think about potential cost overruns, but the possibility of such things often adds to the fear of starting a remodeling project. Instead of ignoring the possibility, contractors say that you should instead set an extra 20 percent of the estimated cost aside in case of unforeseen difficulties. Common issues include hidden structural damage, termite infestations, hidden water leaks, and similar problems. All of these things will need to be taken care of before work can proceed since they’ll get worse and destroy the new kitchen if ignored. If there aren’t any such problems, then you end up with a nice chunk of cash that you can then spend on something else. However, if problems do exist, you won’t feel pinched when repairs are performed.
Find a Trustworthy Contractor
Which type of contractor you need depends, in part, on the scope of the project. If all you need is the installation of new cabinets and appliances, a general contractor can likely do the job. When you need more extensive work done, an architect or design firm is the best bet. These professionals can handle structural changes, the installation of major new design elements, and more.
Regardless of the type of company chosen, you’ll want to be sure that they’ll do the job well and without invented costs. Check references, insurance, and internet reviews before proceeding. Be sure to look at the company’s portfolio, too. It will show the types of designs the company usually creates and which types of work it prefers to do as well as its overall ability to create professional-grade results.
By following these steps, you’ll eliminate the biggest sources of kitchen remodeling fear. Then you can go ahead with your project with the feeling of confidence and excited anticipation that should accompany all of your household upgrades.