3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Embarking On A Kitchen Renovation Project

Posted on: 3 June 2018

If you've grown tired of your dated and/or non-functional kitchen, then it may be time for a kitchen renovation project. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and having a beautiful kitchen that you can feel great about cooking and entertaining in is something every homeowner deserves. Before you embark on a huge kitchen renovation or remodeling project, however, there are a few important questions to ask yourself or to sit down and discuss with your partner.

1. Will I Stick Around During the Renovation? 

Depending on the extent of your kitchen renovation, it's important to understand that these projects can involve a lot of demolition. They can also take quite a bit of time to complete. More than likely, your kitchen will be completely unusable while it's being worked on, which means your cooking abilities may be limited to whatever you can cook in a portable microwave. For this reason, many homeowners choose to temporarily relocate (either to a hotel with a kitchenette or a loved one's home) during a kitchen remodel. Is this something you're interested in? Will it work with your budget?

2. Will I Be Selling the Home Any Time Soon?

Another important consideration when tackling a kitchen renovation project is whether you plan on living in your home for many years to come or attempting to sell it in the near future. This can have a huge impact on the types of design choices you may want to make. If you'll be selling in the near future, then you'll probably want to stick with more conventional design and layout choices that will appeal to today's "average" home buyer. On the other hand, if you don't plan on moving any time soon, you can have a little more fun with your new kitchen design!

3. What Type of Budget Can I Realistically Afford?

It's a good idea to have a budget range in mind before you meet with your kitchen remodeling team; when deciding on a budget, make sure to build a contingency fund into your total numbers. This is money that will be specifically set aside for "unexpected" costs that tend to creep up during remodels. Generally, your contingency fund should be at least 10% of your total budget, so keep this in mind as you decide on what you can comfortably afford.

By asking yourself these key questions, you'll be better prepared to take on a kitchen remodel in your home!