5 Mistakes To Avoid When Remodeling Your Kitchen

If you have an old, outdated kitchen, investing in a kitchen remodel will give you an improved room to enjoy while you live in the house, and also add a lot of value when you decide to sell your home. On average, you can expect to recoup 83.1% of the money you spend on a kitchen remodel. But if you're going to spend the money to remodel your kitchen, it is important to approach the project the right way. Avoid making the following common mistakes when remodeling your kitchen:

Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor

When it comes to a project as large as a kitchen remodel, it is essential to hire a licensed contractor to do the job. You may think that you will save some money by hiring an unlicensed contractor, but if the project goes wrong you will have little recourse. When you hire a licensed contractor you can rest assured that you are working with a professional who has the skills to do the job and is also bonded and insured. If you have any problems when working with a licensed contractor during your kitchen remodel, you will be ale to contact your state's registrar of contractors for assistance in getting the issue rectified.

Paying For the Whole Project Upfront

A kitchen remodel can be expensive, and you put yourself in a vulnerable position if you pay the total cost of the project upfront. It is normal for a contractor to ask for a certain amount of money upfront--this ensures that he or she has the funds to pay for the materials needed for your kitchen so the job can get started. But reputable contractors will not require the balance to be paid until the project is finished to your satisfaction.

Not Working with a Kitchen Designer

Photographs can serve as a great inspiration for your kitchen remodel, but if you want to make your vision fit the kitchen space that you have it is best to work with a kitchen designer. A kitchen designer will help you choose the best materials to use and also create a printed plan for your kitchen that you can give your contractor prior to the start of the project.

Thinking That You Can Use Your Kitchen During the Remodel

When your kitchen is being remodeled, you may not be able to use it for a few days or a few weeks depending on its size and the scope of the remodeling project. Before the remodel begins, it is in your best interest to create a mini kitchen area in another area of your home so you are not stuck eating out every meal. Assemble an area with a coffee pot, slow cooker, electric skillet, toaster, and a small fridge if possible in order to make it easier to live without your kitchen.

Expect Everything to Go Perfect and Finish on Time

Contractors like Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel do their best to finish a project by its deadline, but if the flooring materials are delayed or your new appliances are not delivered on schedule, it can throw off the timeline of the project. Going into a kitchen remodel with some flexibility and knowing that everything will not go absolutely perfectly will help ensure that you don't get stressed out and upset during the remodeling process.