Moving into a new house is an amazing experience. You’re surrounded by possibilities and opportunities to make this new house a home for you and your family, and none is more simultaneously exciting and potentially overwhelming than a kitchen remodel. Whether you have been living in your home for ten years or ten days, it’s important that you take the right steps before diving in on a remodel to ensure you create the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
Step 1 – Hire a Kitchen Renovation Expert
Before you draw a single line or start perusing a catalog, call in the contractors. Get someone on board who understands your vision and can work within it to provide the best solutions while ensuring the technical details are not overlooked. You may want to bring in more than one contractor just to get a good idea of your options and to ensure there are no issues with your plans.
Step 2 – Outline Your Needs
It’s all fine and good to start kitchen remodeling with a vision of your perfect kitchen in mind, but what about the finer details? Do you have children? Will you be having more soon? Do your parents live with you? What accessibility options do you need? Do you plan on moving within 10 years? These are all questions you must ask yourself before you start the renovation process. They will affect most of your decisions as well as your budget.
Step 3 – Set a Budget
Be realistic in your budgeting, not only because some tasks will inevitably cost more than you expect, but because your plans may be more robust than you realize. By setting a budget in advance, independent of the tasks you want performed, you can review those plans again in the future and adjust them if necessary to fit your budget. Kitchen remodeling offers a huge range of options, from all new high-efficiency fixtures and appliances to tile, cabinetry, and windows. Budgeting will help you set priorities.
Step 4 – Upgrades, Permits and Efficiency
Not all kitchen renovations are aesthetic. In old New Jersey kitchens especially, you might find that your plumbing and electrical is woefully behind building codes. This is your chance to bring it all up to code and improve overall energy efficiency. A contractor can recommend upgrades for these things and ensure you have all the permits you need before work begins.
If you take the four steps above before beginning the kitchen remodeling process, not only will it be significantly easier to determine what things to remodel in your kitchen, but you can ensure there are no unexpected surprises waiting for you in the remodeling process.
When it comes to New Jersey kitchen remodeling, the company to call is JL Bottone. We have been providing exceptional remodeling services to homeowners throughout the region for many years and can do the same for you. Contact us today with any questions you have and to discuss the first steps of the renovation process.
At JL Bottone, we specialize in complete kitchen remodeling in the following towns.