Do you ever catch yourself dreaming of a brand new kitchen? It’s ok. It’s a good activity in which to engage. I, for instance, can spend hours poring over images of beautiful range hoods, countertop materials, and fridges. Nothing is impossible when you’re designing a kitchen in your head.
Reality, however, functions by slightly different rules. Money, for instance, is usually not an unlimited resource. Space is also usually at a premium. Despite the challenges, remodelling a kitchen is entirely possible, and even preferable. Think of it this way: you deserve a great kitchen. You deserve to have a kitchen that works for you. There’s absolutely no need to settle for something that just doesn’t work for you.
So, now that you’re ready to embark on a kitchen renovation, I’m going to let you in on a secret (ok, a poorly kept secret). Stay on your toes through the whole process because, as Murphy’s Law suggests, if something can go wrong, it probably will.
Keep an eye out for these common mistakes. Most of us end making at least one!
- Being your own General Contractor. There’s a reason why people specialize in this area. There’s a lot of information about construction and building codes that a General Contractor must know extremely well. If you try to take on this role, you’re bound to make some serious mistakes.
- Hiring just any General Contractor. Just because someone calls themselves a General Contractor doesn’t mean that you should hire him or her. Get referrals and do an Internet search. In the end, monitor your own comfort level. If the individual doesn’t inspire your trust and confidence, don’t feel obligated to hire him or her.
- Asking for quotes when you’re not sure what you want. It’s fun to have General Contractors come into your home, give you their ideas for your kitchen, and provide you with a quote. The problem is that, if you’re not 100% sure of what you need in your kitchen, the quote will be way off. You’ll likely end up paying more than you should, and the General Contractor will end up feeling very frustrated by what might feel like constantly changing priorities.
- Don’t pay in advance. At least, don’t pay more than 30% of the total cost of the project in advance. The General Contractor will need to buy materials to begin the job. But, he or she should provide you with a clear payment schedule that both of you can follow throughout the renovation.
Over to you: have you made errors through a kitchen renovation? Share them with us!