Undertaking a home remodel is a decision that requires serious thought and investment, even if you are only considering doing one or two rooms. Kitchen remodeling is one of the best returns on investment but only when it is done well. This means asking three specific questions to decide your course of action.
The first thing you should ask yourself is: “how much can I afford to spend making my dream kitchen?” The price of a kitchen remodeling project can vary from hundreds to thousands depending on the extent of the work you want done. If you have a small budget, you may be looking at things like appliance upgrades, a coat of paint, and maybe some new flooring. An unlimited budget may have you completely reconfiguring the kitchen layout. You may consider adding an island, laying granite countertops, installing new lighting, and so on.
You also need to ask: “how does the value of my home increase with my remodel if I want to sell the home?” You can’t ignore the potential impact a remodel has on the value of your house. A custom layout that fits your specific or unique needs may not have the same value or meaning to potential buyers down the road. Though the remodel is sure to raise the value to some extent, the goal is to recoup as much as you can from the initial investment.
Finally, you should ask yourself (and the contractors you interview) if you will be able to get the layout the way you want it with the space that is there. This question involves whether or not you can do the work yourself or if it will require professional assistance. When it comes to kitchens, unless you aren’t doing more than paint or even flooring, you will want to hire professionals to deliver the results you want.
Kitchen remodeling projects can be time and cost-intensive, but well worth the end result. Work with a contractor to find out what your budget can handle.