When you’re planning to renovate your kitchen, it is easy to find yourself accidentally falling into these common mistakes. Your best way to avoid them is to plan ahead and read through our tips to help learn what not to do before you begin.
Common Remodeling Mistakes
- Not Using Quality Products – Choosing high-quality products is important when renovating your kitchen. Products that look great can only do so much when they don’t perform well. A gleaming countertop acts more as decoration when it isn’t durable enough to withstand water, heat, scratches, and food residue. The same applies for out of reach cabinets, and ineffective range hoods and appliances.
- Forgetting About Your Budget – When you create your budget, you’re making a plan for how much money you are willing to and can afford to spend to update your kitchen. Once you have come up with a reasonable and realistic amount, choose what parts of your project are the most important and assign funding there first. Don’t forget to allow room in your budget for unexpected costs, especially if you have an older home. It is better to come in under budget than over.
- Not Maximizing Your Floor Plan – You want to make the most of the space you have. Placing an incorrectly shaped island will take up unnecessary space and disrupt the flow of your kitchen. Also, it is important to remember what is known as the “kitchen triangle,” which is the sink, refrigerator, and stove. These are the busiest areas in your kitchen and need to be accessible and in convenient locations to one another. This will help you have a better workflow and not need to travel through the kitchen with hot dishes or pots full of water.
- Choosing the Wrong Features – Selecting your kitchen features based on things like trends or personal interest can be great for you but may not hold up well if you plan to maintain or improve the resale value of your home. For instance, a bright purple backsplash, or bold, colourful cupboards and counters may suit your tastes but could make your kitchen less appealing to potential buyers. Staying with a neutral palette is a safer choice overall, and you can always add personal touches with bright décor.
- Not Hiring A Contractor – When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, you may think that attempting to do it yourself is a good option to pursue. However, there are often many things that require the expert knowledge of a professional to be done properly. This includes any plumbing, electrical, or gas work, along with necessary permit applications, task management, and communicating with suppliers and contractors. If you were to attempt to do this on your own, you could potentially end up with a difficult, questionably remodeled kitchen, or a prolonged renovation time.
Consult renoWOW! For Your Kitchen Remodeling in Toronto
Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and when you decide to remodel it, there are many things to consider. It is best to contact a professional contracting service to ensure the work is done effectively and correctly.
– Article written by Sam Beninato