When remodeling a kitchen, there are a few common mistakes you'll want to avoid. There are a lot of guides out there that list these mistakes. This is certainly helpful, but if you're like most homeowners, you may be left wondering how to avoid the mistakes in the first place. That's where this article will come in handy. Keep reading to learn how to avoid the most common mistakes people make when remodeling a kitchen.
Going Over Budget
It's helpful to set a budget from the get-go, but that is just the first step. To better keep your kitchen remodeling project on budget, break your budget down into categories. For example, if you can afford to spend $20,000 in total, you might break that down as follows:
- $2,000 on flooring
- $8,000 on cabinets
- $5,000 on counters
- $5,000 on accessories like faucets and sinks
Do some research on pricing before setting your budget categories. See how much companies in your area are charging for counters, cabinets, flooring, and the like, and set your budget accordingly. With more specific budget categories, you'll have an easier time determining which options are viable for you.
DIYing Parts of the Project that You Should Not DIY
The blanket advice to hire professionals instead of DIYing your remodel is not that useful. It's more specific to suggest you should avoid DIYing any part of the work that you have not done before. For instance, if you have never installed counters before, leave that part to a pro. If you have never installed flooring, hire pros to do that, too. Another good guideline is to never handle any plumbing, electrical, or HVAC work on your own. There are good reasons why those who work in these industries need licenses. If you make mistakes, the consequences could be dangerous or even deadly. It's not worth risking electrical shock or a flood to do this work yourself.
Creating an Inefficient Design
You don't want to walk into your newly remodeled kitchen and find that it's inefficient to cook in. You can avoid this by always sticking to the kitchen triangle when deciding on your layout. Make sure the stove, fridge, and sink are in a triangle related to one another. You can vary this design as needed, and the resulting kitchen will almost always be reasonably efficient to cook in.
Now that you know how to avoid these common mistakes, you're ready to remodel your kitchen. Contact a kitchen remodeling service near you to learn more.