It’s considered common knowledge that if you can only update two rooms in your home, you should update your kitchen and your bathroom. The kitchen serves as the heart and hearth of a home, and a good kitchen remodel can exponentially increase the value of your property. However, just as quickly as you can make money by remodeling your kitchen well, you can lose money if you don’t understand how to remodel your kitchen. In this Q&A, an independent contractor gives you the dish on kitchen remodels, debunking some popular industry myths.
Q: Do you need to spend 20% of your home’s value remodeling your kitchen?
A: You can get a great return on investment in your kitchen even if you can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars gutting the entire thing. A fresh coat of paint and a couple of new light fixtures can do a kitchen a world of good.
Before deciding how much of your budget to spend on your kitchen, first evaluate where your kitchen is actually at. If you’re dealing with a pretty up-to-date kitchen, you might be better off spending money in a different part of your home. If, on the other hand, most of the house could use an overhaul, then by all means, focus on the kitchen before you focus on the guest bedroom.
Q: Can you remodel your kitchen yourself?
A: Again, it depends on what you mean by remodeling. If you are just swapping a couple of light fixtures and painting the walls, you might be able to do it yourself. But if you’re doing more than that, the work can quickly become technical. Unless you’re a trained contractor, you’ll want to get some professional help when you start swapping out appliances or cupboards. A contractor might seem expensive, but we can promise you that it’s significantly cheaper to get someone in to do a job correctly the first time than it is to get them to fix issues you make trying to make a kitchen remodel into a DIY project!
Q: Should you stay up-to-date on the latest kitchen trends?
A: If you’re looking for a return on your investment, you’ll want to stay away from trendy ideas and instead invest in creating a functional space that won’t look dated in a few years. You’re better off using clean colors that will appeal to a variety of tastes over time than trying to satisfy Pinterest.
When you’re remodeling your kitchen, the first thing you should look at is what needs to be replaced to be functional. After that, you can update the space to make it easier to move around in and update your kitchen to make it look cleaner and more modern. Remember that you’ll get the best return on investment when you create a clean, functional space that’s easy to use. Contact us to discuss kitchen remodeling options today!