3 Reasons to Start Planning A Renovation Now
Why should you start planning your renovation now? Planning ahead for all of the details, decisions, and resources needed for a smooth, well done renovation requires time. The more time you give yourself to iron out the planning stage's issues, the less stress there will be during the actual renovation! The only thing better than a great renovation is a painless one. Read our top 3 reasons to start planning a renovation below!
1. Your Finances Are On Your Mind
It's the start of a new year. Your resolutions are still on your mind, you're about to get a nice tax refund, and your home is starting to show its age. Don't put it off anymore and let another year crawl by. It's finally time for a renovation!
You have a nice refund check coming in the mail soon and you still have your finances on your mind. Ask yourself if a renovation is smart financially, and if so how much do you need to go about it. What are the costs? What are the benefits? What can you afford? Most importantly, what will this give back to you? A new renovation can pump new life and value into a declining home. The return on value outweighs the cost whether it's for a simple, small renovation or a whole new kitchen. The more you put into your home, the more it earns back for you.
2. You Can Pick The Perfect Time
Deciding when you'll start a renovation is almost as important as what you're renovating. You've probably got a calendar full of children's sporting events, grandchildren's visits, friendly get togethers, work trips, holidays and so much more. Plan early enough and you'll easily find the perfect time for your renovation without interfering with any other plans. After all, the last thing you want is a half finished kitchen during a big family gathering.
3. You Have Time To Find What You Like And What You Don't
After deciding on the budget and time, there's only one thing left to decide on. What do you want? Take your time to really sit down and find what inspires you, what you want to see in your home after the renovation, and what you like about it now. By starting early you give yourself plenty of time to decide and settle on your perfect renovation. A renovation can change 10 times if you rush through choosing the styles, decor, furniture, colors and more. This will cost you money, time and a fair deal of stress.
While you're searching for that perfect design, remember to keep an open mind. You have the time to adjust your design plans, so if they change multiple times you'll have plenty of time to adapt!
Not sure where to start? Let us help! Create your own LaFata Ideaboard with your favorite renovation inspirations, designs, colors, features or whatever! We can see that and get in touch to help you design your perfect renovation.
Ways To Control Cost When Remodeling Your Kitchen
Remodeling your kitchen can get a little pricey. The average cost of a kitchen remodel is around $23,000 or $150 per square foot. Smaller projects can go between $10,000 and $15,000 and that may include painting walls, refacing cabinets, upgrading the sink, and installing a tile backsplash. The industry says to spend 5% to 15% of the home's value on a kitchen remodel to avoid negatively affecting the resale price of the home.
Here are a few ways to control costs on a kitchen remodeling:
Determine the goal.
Start by asking yourself "What do I do most in the kitchen?". How your kitchen is used should guide your design choices, from adding an island all the way to figuring out where you'll hide the trash can.
Do your research.
After you have determined your goal, visit showrooms to help you get a better look and feel to how you want your kitchen to be. Going to showrooms and home stores can also help price things out and help you build your budget.
Just in case, you can add these key kitchen products to your shopping list:
- Sinks and faucets
Create a budget.
Figure out your must-haves and want-to-haves and price them out. Be practical and don't buy unnecessary items. Prioritize the replacement of elements that waste money, like inefficient appliances or ones that make your kitchen look dated, i.e stained flooring. Only when the must-haves fit into your budget should you splurge on things on your want-to-have list.
Here are a few things you have to have in mind when compiling your must-have list:
- The kitchen must suit the lifestyle needs of the household.
- The kitchen must suit the dimensions and features of the particular space.
- The kitchen must be completed within a limited time frame.
- The kitchen must be completed within a finite budget.
Stick to the budget.
Once you have the design and budget, stick to the plan. Refrain from adding things when the contractor is already in the house. That can easily go from a simple kitchen remodel to a whole house project.
Quality over quantity.
With that being said, quality should come first. Always buy the best you can afford. When it comes to kitchen renovations, you want to have high-quality functional items, both for you to use and for potential resale value if you sell your house in the future. Even with hefty up-front costs for some appliances, you can make some of that money back in the long run by choosing high-efficiency machines. Buying the best quality products can also help ensure your appliances can last longer. You don't want to skimp out on buying a cheaper appliance that gets the most usage in the kitchen.
HGTV has a great in-depth guide on where to splurge or save on kitchen remodeling.
Keep it simple.
Don't move any plumbing if possible. Moving a sink to the opposite wall could mean pulling your entire kitchen floor to move the drain line. The same goes for relocating electric or gas ranges, which often add a full day of labor. Use a similar approach with appliances and keep them where they are.
Maximizing the space you have in your kitchen can make your remodel much more significant. Even with a small kitchen, being efficient with your space (extra cabinet space) can make it feel surprisingly roomy, and an efficient layout can make cooking much less stressful. Give your kitchen extra storage as well by replacing drawer guides with better-quality versions. Add interior storage such as pullout organizers, pullout shelving, and drawer organizers.
Retain old elements.
Keep certain features from the original kitchen, and making do with certain pieces, saves both money and character. New things are nice, but sometimes they just can't rival a good deal.
Remodel in stages.
You can break up the projects and remodel in stages. Doing so one at a time could help you save for future remodels and also help you plan your budget better. Plus, you don't have to do everything. You can simple upgrade the materials and appliances that truly need updating.
Do a little YOURSELF.
If you have the time, tools and know-how doing parts of your kitchen remodel on your own can trim the cost.
Here are a few things you could do to help with the cost of a kitchen remodel:
- Remove old cabinets, countertops or appliances before the remodeling starts to reduce some labor, avoid damaging them and disposal costs.
- Pick up materials instead of having them delivered.
- Paint walls, doors and window frames on your own.
Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Professionals can help make style decisions, let you know about future problems and help you avoid them. They're happy to help as long as you ask!
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