When doing home renovations, the kitchen is usually the first room to be renovated. Although an upgraded kitchen often improves the value in the home significantly, it also contributes to the flow, look and feel of the home. However, this type of project can become hindered, difficult, and even a bit complicated when the following simple mistakes are made:

1. Ignoring or Not Making a Budget

Having a budget and sticking to it is essential to a successful project. Set an amount you are comfortable with paying, decide what your “must haves” and “nice-to-haves” are and plan accordingly.

2. Making Purchases Without First Talking to Your Contractor

Your contractor can get better deals at many stores. If you see something you like make a note or take a picture and show your contractor. Chances are, he/she will be able to get you a better deal and save you money. In addition, you may disrupt the work flow by adding items in without first talking to the contractor. For example, if the cupboards are already in and you decide you want a larger appliance, the cupboards may need to be re-done to fit in the appliance. Communication with the contractor is key.

3. Forgetting About Storage

Having ample storage in the kitchen is essential to the functionality of the room. If it is a small space, ask your contractor to come up with some creative storage ideas so you can make the most of your kitchen.

4. Choosing the Wrong Appliances

Appliances are expensive. However, cheap appliances break down quicker and may take away from the overall look and feel of the kitchen. Ask your contractor for suggestions on appliances within your budget that will enhance the room, rather than picking the cheapest item.

If you are thinking about having your kitchen renovated, we can help. For more information on kitchen renovations, or for a free estimate, contact us today at 604-968-3076.