Have you heard horror stories of kitchen renovations gone wrong? So have we. We also know it does not have to happen to you. Premier Surfaces, your reliable stone countertop provider in Atlanta, helps homeowners stay within budget and avoid costly mistakes. Consider these 5 tips before your kitchen renovation.
5 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Renovation On Budget
1. Create a budget and stick with it.
This may seem obvious, but those new to kitchen renovations may not know where to begin. When you’re laying out your budget, make sure to set aside 20-30% for unexpected expenses. For example, old wiring may need to be replaced when sheetrock is taken down or you may find a desired cabinet model is out of stock. Create a list of what you will reuse and pieces that you want to invest in such as cabinets, countertops, flooring or appliances and make sure you stick to it. It can be tempting to opt for new pieces when you’re in a showroom.
2. Describe all details of the project when soliciting bids.
Your contractor needs to know the full scope of work requested prior to submitting a bid. Not discussing details such as desired materials and hardware can bring the bill over your original expectations. Make sure to get everything down in writing.
3. Decide if and when to customize.
Cabinetry makes up a major portion of your kitchen renovation budget. Customizing cabinets can easily put you over budget. Think about replacing doors and hardware to freshen up the look of your kitchen for a fraction of the cost.
4. Consider the invisible.
The major focus in a kitchen is typically on countertops and cabinet faces. However, doors won’t hang properly with cheap materials. A strong, level base is necessary to support your high-quality granite, concrete or tile countertops. Make sure that your materials can support what you are hanging in your kitchen.
5. Work with contractors that you can trust.
Going for the lowest bid or working with an off-the-books contractor is not always the best idea. If your gut screams no, trust it. Additionally, review the qualifications of any contractor and ask for pictures of completed projects and references that you can contact.
Need New Countertops? Check Out Premier Surfaces
If you are looking to add new countertops to your kitchen renovation, head over to a Premier Surfaces showroom to see all of the styles and options available to you. If you need advice or have questions, the knowledgeable and friendly staff is ready to help guide you to make the right choice for your new kitchen. Contact us today for more information or stop by a showroom in Huntsville, Birmingham, Chattanooga or Atlanta.