Cable stations are filled with home renovation shows that make the whole process of a kitchen remodel look easy. They condense a 6 week project down to an hour and they have an unlimited budget to make the whole thing a success. The first thing you have to know is that none of those shows are remotely real and home renovation projects NEVER go the way you want them to. There are a ton of obstacles that will get in the way in the real world. That being said, here are 5 tips for making your renovation a success.
1. Put Together a Realistic Budget
You need to put together a budget that is realistic, costs can get out of control quickly and before you know it you can spend twice as much as you planned. Know what you can afford and factor in all of your costs for materials and labor. On top of that set aside at least 10% of your budget for unexpected expenses and emergencies. Here is a look at how to put together a proper budget.
2. Create a Timetable
A kitchen renovation can be anything from painting your cupboards to gutting the kitchen and starting from scratch. Either way you need to know what to do and how long each step of the renovation should take. Bear in mind that you will be without a kitchen until it’s complete so having it completed on time is important.
3. Hire the Right People
Most of the cable shows that inspired you to renovate your kitchen focus on DIY, along with that Pinterest is filled with boards of the most amazing DIY projects but these are realistic. Unless you were a handyman and interior designer in your spare time you need to hire people to get the job done. Not to mention DIY projects take forever to complete. Hire the right people to get the job done.
4. Don’t Demo the Old Kitchen Until You’re Ready
There is nothing like the feeling of taking a sledgehammer to a kitchen that you hate, it really is glorious. You think to yourself, all my cabinets are going to be in tomorrow so let me smash my kitchen today, then the manufacturer notifies you they are on back order and it will be six weeks before they come in. Don’t smash the old kitchen until the new kitchen is actually on the premises.
5. Be Patient
You need to accept that things rarely go as planned so you need to find patience. It is almost inevitable that something will go wrong and you can blame Murphy’s Law but you need to not lose your cool and just have patience. As we said in the first step you need to allocate part of your budget to this happening. You may need to move some plumbing or there is a wiring issue and you now need an electrician. All of this makes your project more expensive and takes longer to complete.
Kitchen renovation can be among the most stressful renovation projects you can take on, follow these tips and you should be okay.