For most families, their high-end kitchen is one of the most important parts of the home. It’s where meals are served, where the family gathers before and after school and work, and it’s often where homework is done. With so many roles to play, it’s no wonder that the kitchen is one of the most focused upon rooms in any home. When it comes to home renovation, the kitchen is often the first room that a family will decide to remodel or update. An updated kitchen adds a lot to the quality of life within the house, and it can also add value to the home for resale if you’re planning to move anytime soon.
So, what should you consider before jumping into a kitchen update for your NJ home? Below are some tips.
What do you want done?
Be realistic about your expectations from a project. Do you want to resurface the cabinets, or are you hoping to gut the entire room and create a new footprint? Depending on how intensive the project you want to take on, the cost, time, and disruption to the home will be very different. It’s important that you understand the impact the project will have on your life and budget, but without having a clear vision of what you’d like to get done, you won’t be able to do so.
Can you (realistically) do it yourself?
Many people start out assuming they’ll do work within the home themselves, but then once they really think about how much they want to have done, they realize that it’s much more realistic to have a contractor or a cabinets and countertops specialist come in to do the work. Evaluate what you want to be done and if it’s out of your reach, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional.
Will you go all the way?
When considering a kitchen update, there are small fixes that you can do and then there are big fixes. Do you want new cabinet doors, or do you want entire new cabinet units? What style do you want your cabinets in, do you prefer modern looking kitchen cabinets or a more traditional style kitchen? Do you want a new countertop layout, or do you just want to change the surface of the countertops? You should consider your budget and the amount of time you want to put into the project. A partial remodel — such as refacing the cabinets, repainting the walls, and other fairly straightforward fixes — can make a big difference in a kitchen space if it’s executed well.
Is it worthwhile?
The truth is, renovating any area of the home can be a fairly big undertaking. Are you willing to foot the cost and to put up with the inconvenience of having contractors in your home for a few weeks (or months)? A kitchen remodel can be very worth it by way of improving your use of the room and adding value to the home, but you really need to be clear with yourself about what’s possible for you. If taking on a remodel is going to drive you crazy and empty out your savings account, you might want to consider a different route.