Remodeling your kitchen can be both exciting and stressful all at the same time. After all, the task takes a considerable amount of time, sufficient planning and in most cases, ample finances. However, remodeling can give you an opportunity to get creative, and design your dream kitchen. Here are a few tips that will help make your remodeling experience simple and stress-free.
Budget: First and foremost, you need to create a budget that you plan to strictly abide by. You’ll probably find yourself purchasing items for the remodeling job at various stores and at random times. Carry a notepad with you everywhere you go so you can write down exactly what you bought and how much you spent on it. When you notice that you’re starting to spend too much, take a step back and see how you can adjust your plan of action to accommodate your budget.
DIY: Sure, you could hire an interior designer to change your kitchen into a chef’s paradise, but hiring one can oftentimes be pricey. Instead, use your resources! There are tons of websites and blogs online that give readers step-by-step instructions on how to stencil walls, arrange a room, or store food. These tips will not only save you a lot of money, but also allow you to design your kitchen with homemade items that you can be proud of. Also, pull inspiration from your creative friends. Check out their kitchens and see what elements of them you would like to incorporate into your new space.
Enlist “free” help: While painters, electricians, and construction teams can transform your kitchen quickly, if you’re not on a strict timeline, you may want to consider doing most of the work yourself. Rather, appoint family members to participate in the remodeling job. If you have kids, let them paint the walls. Maybe you have a cousin or brother that is a skilled electrician. Whatever the case, using your resources before hiring a whole crew will save you money. Be sure, however, to “pay” your appointed workers in some form, whether that be with cash or a home cooked meal.
Refurbished home appliances: Appliances are usually the most expensive element of remodeling a kitchen. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to be able to reuse some of them, but when you think about all the appliances that are in a kitchen, things start adding up. A new microwave, dishwasher, oven and refrigerator will break your budget in no time. So get creative! Something that you should consider is purchasing refurbished home appliances. Search online for companies that restore appliances. For a fraction of the cost, you can adorn your kitchen with great looking used appliances that work like new. We promise, no one will even know your refrigerator is refurbished!
So, when remodeling your kitchen, be sure to set an appropriate budget, incorporate DIY crafts and projects, enlist the help of those who are willing, and purchase refurbished appliances. With just a bit of planning, you will be cooking and baking in your dream kitchen in no time!