THE HOMEOWNERS GUIDE TO PLANNING A KITCHEN REMODELEagle Prime Admin
THE HOMEOWNERS GUIDE TO PLANNING A KITCHEN REMODEL
Set Your Budget Before You start planning.
Before you begin, set your budget. A good rule is to add an additional 10 to 20% for unplanned expenses. The more financial cushion you have the better, it is important to aim for a conservative budget to ensure there are extra funds if your project goes over.
Research different Kitchen Designs
A good way to find the best design for your budget is to visit kitchen showrooms and neighborhood Model Homes, you can look at the cost and what all you can afford. This is where a good contractor can help, they should be able to show you options that fit your budget.
Find the right contractor for you.
Ask important questions.
- Do they have experience in the work you need done and how much?
- How long have they been in business?
- Do they have insurance?
- When could they start?
- Where do they get their materials?
- Can they give you a list of references?
Get an itemized bid and payment plan.
Your final bid and contract will be extremely important to your project. This is how you ensure that you are getting what you pay for and that nothing is left out.
The contract should include absolutely everything that you want done. It should also include a time frame and schedule, the company contact and insurance information, the names of every laborer who will be involved, all materials to be used and the agreed-upon payment plan. It should also state that the contractor is responsible for acquiring permits.
Depending on how large the project is should determine the payment schedule.
If the project is small, a contractor may require 50% down and 50% upon completion, however, if the project is larger the standard plan is 25% down then payments throughout the job as each phase is completed.
Quality Vs. Quantity
It is always better to buy the best quality materials that is in your budget. You want to have quality items that are functional, both for you and for potential resale value. When you are looking at replacing your cabinets, countertops, and appliances the higher the quality the longer they will last.