Make your New Year’s resolution count this year. Resolve to remodel – whether it’s the kitchen, the bathroom or the master suite, get moving on it now. The more time you spend on planning your remodeling project, the more money you’ll save. Shopping around is key, but you’ll need to allow the time to do it. Consider that a kitchen remodel takes a few months to plan – from getting on the remodeler’s schedule to finalizing the design. Start with a reputable remodeler who offers superior craftsmanship. Review his work by visiting past and current job sites. Check his references. Make sure you feel like he’s a team player.
A good remodeler will help you with decisions and be conscious of your budget. If you’re going for the total kitchen make-over, there will be decisions on cabinetry, countertops, flooring and appliances, among other things. By knowing your options in advance and researching the products available from various manufacturers, you can negotiate the best deals. In addition, you won’t be rushed to make choices to keep up with the builder’s schedule. Allow appropriate lead time If you choose custom cabinetry, for example.
If you’re working with a kitchen designer, he or she can often narrow down your choices and make recommendations, as can your custom remodeler. However, do your due diligence. Explore all the options yourself and make sure you have enough information to make a meaningful decision. Don’t skimp on quality. Remember: you get what you pay for, but you also want to get the most for your money. Resolve to have a remodeling plan this New Year. Then stick to it.