Dreaming about a kitchen renovation? Ah yes, imagining the possibilities is lots of fun. But, once you’ve figured out your budget and the kinds of amenities you’d like in your new kitchen, it’s time to understand the relationship between you and your contractor.
Unless you’re an expert do-it-yourselfer, you will need to hire a contractor.
The rules. Do you live in a condo? Check with the board to find out the rules that will affect your renovation. The work will most likely be limited to certain hours in the day. So, if your contractor likes to show up early in the morning or work late into the evening, you will almost certainly receive complaints from your neighbors. Condo rules may also limit the type or power of the stove and range hood.
If you live in a home with your own four walls, you might be thinking that renovations will be easier for you than those living in condos.
Well, that’s not entirely true.
There are city by-laws, county ordinances, and even state rules that could limit your choices. Find out if you need a permit to do your renovations. Anything from altering walls to installing windows to plumbing work to installing electrical work to installing electrical could require a permit. If in doubt, ask your contractor as well as city staff.
Once the work is underway, you’ll still have to make decisions. Choosing finishes, cabinet hardware, the sink and faucet combination, plus any number of other changes will have to be made, sometimes on the spot.
Don’t cave in to the pressure that your contractor or salespeople may place on you. Think about what you want from your new kitchen and push the experts you hire to deliver it.
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