Move aside, bathrooms! Step back, master bedrooms. For the first time since 2008, kitchens have become the No. 1 remodeling project for homeowners, according to the “Fall 2012 U.S. Remodeling Sentiment Report” from RemodelorMove.com. A renovated kitchen not only enhances your living experience, but it adds value to your house, and is one of the top amenities buyers search for when house hunting.
However, before you call your contractor, be sure to do the following:
Consider if remodeling is right for you. You should consider a multitude of variables, such as: Can we comfortably pay for this remodel? Is my family emotionally ready to deal with the disruption? Would it be easier or less expensive to move instead?
Get a cost estimate. You can get remodel estimates online, or call a contractor. It’s important to get an estimate early in the planning phase to give you plenty of time to arrange your finances, compare prices on everything from appliances to countertops to cabinetry, and make sure your kitchen remodel is as budget friendly as possible.
Make organization a top priority. You’ll be dealing with a thousand tiny details, ranging from paint colors to cabinets to floor plans. Letting any one of these details fall through the cracks could mean extra expense and delays. Use the
Bring in the experts for answers. You may find that talking with a real estate agent, interior designer, architect, mortgage banker, or remodeling contractor can help you understand the true costs and benefits of remodeling.