The 5 Questions You Need to Ask Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen can be a daunting task. You spend a lot of time cooking, eating, and entertaining in your kitchen, meaning that an effective remodel can add quality to your life as well as value to your Rhode Island home.


There are many articles online, abounding with kitchen remodeling ideas for you to mull over. But we at Northeast Kitchen & Flooring Center would like to familiarize you with the five key questions we believe every Rhode Island homeowner needs to ask themselves before starting their project.


1. Am I ready for the necessary time commitment?


Realtor.com estimates that your kitchen remodeling ideas can result in the area being “out of commission” for between 6-12 weeks. During this period you’ll want to make sure that getting the kitchen remodeled causes as little disruption as possible to your daily life, but be ready to eat out quite a bit and make a few sandwiches.

 

2. How much do I budget?


The answer to this question is a higher personal one, dependent on the extent and complexity of your kitchen remodeling ideas, and your financial situation.


According to HGTV, many homeowners spend more on a remodeling project than their home value can support. Most estimations determine that you can usually spend safely between 6-10 percent of your Rhode Island home’s total value and still get fair returns on your investment if/when you sell.


If you plan to sell your home within the next five years then it would be nice to make a decent return on your investment. Otherwise, your remodeling budget should reflect not only what you are able to afford, but also what will make you and your family happy as you enjoy your new kitchen for years to come.


3. Are my kitchen remodeling ideas functional?


Make sure that the design of your kitchen is something you can live with. It’s fun to look at ideas on Pinterest, but make sure that beautiful design also works for you, not against you.  


Open shelving looks great but if the thought of always keeping it organized and dust-free makes you cringe, you might want to choose something else. It’s also important to work with the designer and contractor to make sure the flooring and cabinetry are aesthetically pleasing but also able to stand up to the demands of a busy household.


4. What kind of cabinets do I want?


Cabinets, along with their countertops, set the tone for the entire space.


You can choose stock options, but sometimes your needs may dictate a more personalized approach. Custom and semi-custom cabinetry could make a difference in how well the kitchen serves your needs.


Northeast Kitchens and Flooring works with only a few great manufacturers that produce a high-quality product. They can help you choose the style, color, and custom option that fit your personal tastes and budget.


5. How do I choose a contractor?


Consumer Reports lists a few do’s and don’ts when choosing a contractor: Don’t just trust the online user reviews, but do try to get word-of-mouth referrals. Don’t always take the lowball estimate, but do shop around to gauge the going rates in your area.


Ready to Put Those Kitchen Remodeling Ideas to Task?


There is a lot to consider before starting your kitchen remodeling project, and you need to make sure you find someone you can trust. From layout to design and installation, the team at Northeast Kitchen and Flooring Center located at 2949 Hartford Avenue, Johnson, RI 02919, is available to answer all of your questions and make sure you get the kitchen of your dreams.


We understand how stressful and inconvenient remodeling your kitchen can be, so we strive to be the most efficient in the industry. Call us at 401-934-1076 for a free in-home consultation or stop by our showroom today.

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