Remodeling is always stressful. The stress is ten times worse when it’s your kitchen that’s being remodeled. It’s only when your kitchen is being gutted that you realize just how much you depend on it. As you kneel on the bathroom floor scrubbing your dishes in the bathtub, you might wonder, whether a kitchen remodel was really such a good idea.
Though there’s no way to completely avoid the stress that comes with a kitchen remodel, there are some ways to reduce it. Here are some steps for getting the kitchen of your dreams as smoothly as possible.
Step 1: Have a detailed plan. This step can’t be stressed enough. You can’t prepare enough for a kitchen remodel. You should have a blueprint drawn up to scale that specifies exactly how the finished product will look.
Step 2: Select every single item going into your new kitchen and include it on your contract before you sign. This protects you from shady contractors who offer a low bid and then steadily increase the cost of the remodel as the project drags on.
Step 3: Order custom cabinets early. There’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re ordering custom cabinets of a very specific color. Just in case the measurements are off or the color is wrong, you want to get the cabinets early on in the process in case you need to get them a second or third time.
Step 4: Obtain a schedule from the contractor before signing a contract. Look over the contract to make sure the schedule looks reasonable. It might help to do a little research about how long various tasks typically take. If the estimated time to complete the project seems low, don’t be afraid to ask the contractor about it. It’s much better for a project to take less time than expected rather than the other way around.
Step 5: Avoid paying the contractor too much too soon. Projects tend to drag on longer when the contractor is paid too much up front. Hold back a good portion of the payment until the project is completely finished so that the contractor is motivated to complete the work faster. A good rule of thumb is to pay a third up front, a second third at some point during the project and the final third only when the project is completely finished to your satisfaction.
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