Home renovation can be a daunting task, especially when the remodel is taking place in the most essential place of the home – the kitchen.
We’re here to act as your fact-or-fiction guide for some of the most common remodeling myths when it comes to your kitchen project.
Myth #1: Do-It-Yourself is cheaper.
During your kitchen remodel, avoid DIY mistakes by carefully deciding which projects you can DIY and which you need to reach out to a local contractor for. We recommend you request a free consultation anyway, as they may surprise you with their quote. Consider this: are possible DIY mistakes worth the headache they may cause? Whether it’s a minor or major update to your kitchen project, knowing when to reach out to a local contractor might save you money in the long run.
Myth #2: A handyman is the same as a licensed contractor.
Although utilizing the neighborhood handyman for your home renovation seems like the obvious choice, it’s probable that parts of your kitchen remodel will require a licensed contractor. Any projects where a home inspector might ask to see receipts or warranties should be conducted by a local contractor – someone who will make sure any structural, AC, roofing, plumbing or electrical modifications are up to code. Request a free consultation from a contractor today!
Myth #3: Bigger is always better.
When deciding on whether or not to make a minor or major update to your kitchen, expanding the space may come to mind. However, it’s important to remember that bigger isn’t always better. You want to ensure that the kitchen is functional, albeit beautiful, but you don’t want it to dominate the entire home. Having ample space in all areas of your home will add more overall value than a gigantic kitchen.
Myth #4: Kitchen remodels are expensive.
Although home renovation is rarely “cheap,” real estate experts say kitchen remodels should only cost between 5% and 15% of the home’s total value. This means, if your home is worth 300,000, you should spend between $15,000 and $45,000 on your kitchen. Using this method will ensure that you don’t create a kitchen that is either too nice or not nice enough in relation to the rest of your home.
Myth #5: Following trends is a must.
This is among the most common remodeling myths, but just because bright red accent walls are “in” the year of your kitchen remodel, doesn’t mean you should blindly follow the trend and update your home this way. Home design experts say that warm whites, grays, and beige help to bring a neutral feel to your home, especially if you’re trying to sell.
Myth #6: Lighting (or anything else) can be decided later.
Every aspect of your remodel should be determined beforehand to avoid mistakes, such as having to tear down freshly added sheetrock because you need to run wiring for the lights. Working with a contractor will help eliminate the risks involved with planning.
Hopefully this fact-or-fiction guide was helpful – best of luck in your renovation endeavors! When you need to find a Local Contractor fast, we can help get you multiple estimates!