If you’ve ever done renovations, remodeling, or even interior decorating before, you probably know that problems can arise concerning your budget, your schedule, and more. And this is never truer than when you’re dealing with a major kitchen remodel. When you start tearing out cabinetry, moving plumbing and electrical components, knocking out walls for an open concept, and installing new appliances in different shapes and sizes, you’re bound to run into issues sooner or later. And yet, nearly any potential problem can be anticipated and planned for in order to avoid a halt in production, so to speak. It’s not like you’re reinventing the wheel. So here are just a few common problems you might come up against and how you can avoid them during your kitchen remodel.
- Budget for overages. It is essential to understand that problems can and will arise. For this reason you absolutely have to pad your budget and your timeline. Suppose you discover a leak in the kitchen that was previously unknown. You might have to fix it to bring the kitchen up to code, impacting your budget in the process. Or delivery of needed materials might be late because they’re back-ordered, holding up the schedule. If you’ve planned accordingly and provided a cushion, these common issues shouldn’t derail your progress. Compromise is also an option, and you can always consider going with different materials to cut costs or truncate the timeline when you come up against problems with overages.
- Anticipate older home issues. If you’re remodeling an older kitchen, don’t be surprised to uncover issues like outdated plumbing and electrical, water damage, pest problems, and hazardous materials (many older kitchens are surrounded by asbestos, a fire retardant that also happens to be a known carcinogen). When you are aware of such possibilities you can plan accordingly to deal with them. If they don’t surface: lucky you!
- Check your specs. This starts with taking exact measurements, writing them down, and then double checking them. You also need to create a floor plan that accounts for your new appliances, exact placement of plumbing, custom or prefab cabinetry, and anything else that’s going in the space (an island or breakfast bar, for example). It’s all too easy to make mistakes and end up with items that don’t fit together, so put in plenty of time during the planning process and the building and finishing phase will be as easy as baking a pie.
- Know when to go pro. There are plenty of kitchen remodeling tasks the average homeowner is capable of completing on a DIY basis. But don’t get cocky just because you changed out a light fixture or installed a tile backsplash. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other professionals are trained, they know building codes, and they have a lot more experience than you. So rather than costing yourself more by messing up a job you really can’t do and having to hire a professional to fix it, consider that going pro in the beginning could save you a ton of time and money.
- Make a contract. Once you’ve found an interior designer and/or a contractor that is licensed, bonded, and willing to give you what you want within your budget, it’s time to put your agreement in writing so you can get started on your kitchen remodeling project. Whether you hire a reputable service provider like Foster Remodeling Solutions or you pick an independent contractor on recommendation from a trusted family member or friend, a contract is in place to protect you both in the event that your agreement is somehow breached.