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Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen?
Whether you’re upgrading your home to put it on the market, or you’re sick and tired of the way your kitchen looks (and functions) now, money well spent will increase your home’s value.
Why is that?
Updated kitchens and bathrooms deliver the highest return for your renovation dollars because these areas are perceived by buyers as the most expensive ones to upgrade.
Let’s face it, fixing up your kitchen (or bathroom) requires more than buying a can of paint at Lowes (or Home Depot).
Clearly you’ll need some professional help to create your perfect “dream” kitchen.
With this in mind, here are…
Three Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen
In no particular order they are:
- Choose experience
- Use a design/build firm
- Know your “must haves”
It goes without saying that you should ask about a remodeling company’s experience prior to hiring them.
Yet, time and again the number one factor people use for selecting one company over another is price, when it should be experience.
And by experience, we’re talking about getting answers to these questions:
- how long has the company been in business?
- how many total kitchens has the company remodeled?
- in the past year?
- what specific subcontractors will they bring to the job site (the name of the plumbers, electricians, etc.)?
- how long has he worked with these subcontractors?
- how long have the subcontractors been in business?
In other words, you want to know how experienced the subs are because they will be working on things you can’t see once the job is completed. So how can you know the plumbing and electrical work that may be required will be done right?
You also want the names of the sub-contractors who are going to show up to your home so that you can verify their licenses, check out any possible complaints against them, and to check out how long they’ve been in business as well.
It’s always a good idea to know the people who are going to show up at your home for work, don’t you think?
Next, it’s always a good idea to select a design/build firm when it comes to a kitchen remodeling project.
It’s a matter of expertise.
Whether you know it or not, any contractor you hire to remodel your kitchen will, in effect, ACT like a design/build firm. Even if you hire one guy with a beat up van to work in your home, he is going to create the kitchen you want to the best of his ability based on what he knows, has experience of, with the materials and fixtures available to him.
Now let me ask you something — do you know where most contractors shop for fixtures?
I don’t know if you’ve ever visited a Home Depot, but most of their customers seem to be contractors. And though it’s a great place to buy tools, when it comes to plumbing or electrical fixtures their inventory is a bit cheap looking… and horribly outdated.
Not to mention a VERY limited selection.
However, by selecting a professional remodeling firm with a DEDICATED design team you will benefit from:
- design expertise/experience
- an incredibly large selection of unique design elements, hardware, and fixtures
- the ability to envision various design/layout options for your kitchen PRIOR to the build
After all, do you want the same cabinet hardware or light fixtures as everyone else on your street?
I didn’t think so…
What’s more, they will work closely with the “build” side of your kitchen remodel saving your time and money in the long run.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to know your “must haves” prior to starting any remodeling project.
Why is this important?
Because once the project gets under way and the dust begins to fly, it naturally happens that the scope of the project tends to change or expand. And sometimes in the midst of the project you may lose sight of what you wanted to accomplish for your kitchen in the first place.
Personally, I’m a big believer that form should follow function.
Creating a beautiful kitchen ready for HGTV is okay. But in my opinion having a beautiful kitchen that meets the needs of your family day in and day out is even more important.
Here are some other points to consider…
- ask for references
- make sure they are licensed to do the work
- deal with a larger company ONLY (no “man in a van” companies)
- get a clear deadline for work to be completed
- ask about job-site supervision (foreman/project manager)
Does that make sense to you?
By following these tips there is no doubt in my mind that you’ll find the right company able to turn your dream kitchen into home reno reality.
With this in mind, why not…
Get your free in-home consultation today
Are you ready to take the next step?
To schedule your free consultation you can click the link for Westchester Remodeling Consultants to complete a short web form. Or if you prefer give them a call at 914-381-6900 or 800-552-2680 today.
Either way the choice is yours.
With more than 50 years experience, this family-owned and operated business has completed thousands of home improvement projects in Westchester and Fairfield counties — just like yours.
For some samples of their work click the link for NY kitchen remodeling (and view their photo gallery of other projects as well).
You can also view a few photos of their work below…