7 Factors to Consider

About Home Remodeling to

Stay Cost-Efficient

Before taking on a large project, such as a home remodel, there are several factors to consider so you don’t waste your budget. You’ll need to be prepared for what a job like this entails. Establish goals for what you want to achieve with a remodel. You should also consider all aspects of your home, inside and out.

In the following list, we’ll cover all the factors you should consider to stay as cost-efficient as possible throughout remodeling your home.

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Home remodeling preparation checklist

First And Foremost

Prepare Yourself!

First and foremost, you need to prepare yourself for the journey ahead. Home remodeling can be a lengthy process depending on the condition of the house you’ve chosen. A significant amount of thought, time, effort, and money goes into a project like this.

Although, that doesn’t make it a bad decision. Whether this is your forever home or you plan on selling in a few years, remodeling a house is an investment in your future!

Is It Cheaper to Remodel or Start From Scratch?

One of the first factors to consider is if it’s cheaper to remodel an existing home or simply build a new house. In most cases, it typically costs less to remodel a home over starting new construction.

This can depend on the area your located and the existing house’s condition, though. If a house is a particularly poor state that still doesn’t mean you need to demolish and start over. Have the place inspected and learn what needs to be done to bring the house up to code.

If you realize this is going to go over your budget immensely, shop around for other projects before purchasing and demolishing the house for new construction. Save money, stick with the remodel.

Setting Goals and Making a Budget.

Before you run out and buy yourself a fixer-upper or start tearing down walls in your current home, set your goals for this project and come up with a budget. What do you want to accomplish with a remodel?

How much are you willing to spend on a remodel? The answers to both of these questions are related. Think about the house you plan to remodel.

Are you flipping it? Is this a forever home? If it’s not a forever home, do you expect to live there for at least 10 years?

I want to sell the house

My Goal is to Flip the House

  • If your goal is to flip this house and sell it once the remodel is finished, then this lowers your budget plan.
  • Your budget should be centralized around mid-range products and materials.
  • There’s no need to go over the top with every light fixture and sink faucet in a house you plan to sell as soon as it’s finished.
  • Remodeling using only mid-range products still greatly increases your home’s value.
  • You will still make a profit from the remodel, without breaking the bank.

My Goal is to Make This My Forever Home

  • If your goal is to remodel your home or purchase a home to remodel as your forever home, your budget should increase.
  • This is going to be your space for the foreseeable future, so it needs to be how you want it.
  • If you settle for cheaper products or materials to simply bring the budget down, you’re going to end up quite disappointed with the finished remodel.
  • Don’t let your remodel become a regret by not creating the space you desire.
I want to live here
I want to live here for some time and then sell it

My Goal is to Live Here Less Than 10 Years, Then Sell

  • If you do not plan on living there 10 years, but do plan on staying some time, then your budget should reflect the same as remodeling to sell.
  • Just use mid-range products so as to not invest too much into a house you have no intention of keeping.

My Goal is to Live Here More Than 10 Years, But Not Forever

  • If you plan on staying for more than 10 years, your budget should be similar to a forever home budget.
  • 10 years is a long time to live somewhere, so why not make it your own?
  • Settling for less than desirable products and living in a house that long can leave you resenting the remodel altogether.
I want to live here for some time but not forever

The most important aspect of your budget to remember is to not be overly strict with it. Things come up, life happens and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Sometimes problems arise during the remodel that need to be dealt with, such as discovering a room’s floor joists are structurally unstable and need to be replaced. That’s going to drive up costs, although it needs to be done. Or maybe that tile you started the bathroom with is discontinued and you ran out, so you need to tear it up and start with a new tile.

With all that in mind, a remodeling budget needs to be flexible, not a number set in stone that you can’t adjust.

Time to Bring in

The Professionals!

You may fancy yourself a veteran do-it-yourselfer and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, when it comes to projects as large as remodeling an entire home, it’s best to hire a professional contractor to get the job done.

There are too many variables involved in taking on a home remodel to do it alone. If something goes wrong or something unexpected comes up, it’s on you. Don’t take chances when your home is involved.

Find the Best Contractor!

You’re going to need a reliable, trustworthy professional to remodel your home. The best place to start is local. Check the newspaper for ads, search online for “contractors near me,” and always check reviews. When shopping for a contractor.

Do They Offer a Warranty?

  • Warranties are typically one year for most contractors on a remodel job. If anything is done wrong, you will find it within a year.
  • A warranty is a must when hiring a professional. Various problems can arise following a remodel that no one is to blame over, such as a piece of tile not adhering properly because the humidity was high when it was placed.
  • Offering a warranty shows that a contractor is willing to stand by their work.

Do They Have a Reputation?

  • Warranties are typically one year for most contractors on a remodel job. If anything is done wrong, you will find it within a year.
  • A warranty is a must when hiring a professional. Various problems can arise following a remodel that no one is to blame over, such as a piece of tile not adhering properly because the humidity was high when it was placed.
  • Offering a warranty shows that a contractor is willing to stand by their work.

Find a Contractor Who Works With You, Not For You.

  • Warranties are typically one year for most contractors on a remodel job. If anything is done wrong, you will find it within a year.
  • A warranty is a must when hiring a professional. Various problems can arise following a remodel that no one is to blame over, such as a piece of tile not adhering properly because the humidity was high when it was placed.
  • Offering a warranty shows that a contractor is willing to stand by their work.
Remodel your kitchen

Remodel Your Kitchen to

Revalue Your Home!

An exceptional method to increase the of your home is with a kitchen remodel! The kitchen is the epicenter of most homes, this is where all the action happens. Choosing to remodel your kitchen is the perfect place to start a remodeling project and add value to your home.

Choose the Kitchen Layout That’s Best for You!

There is a myriad of kitchen layouts to choose from. Pick the best layout for either your family’s needs or that best suit’s the size of the house.

Here are several examples of popular kitchen layouts:

  • Cabinets and appliances are fixed on a single wall.
  • Best for one-cook kitchens.
  • Ideal for small and medium-sized kitchens.
  • L-shaped layouts reduce traffic through the kitchen.
  • Offers space to add a dining area.
  • Horseshoe kitchens allow for traffic flow & workflow throughout the kitchen.
  • Best for medium-sized kitchens.
  • This practical, slim layout is best utilized in smaller spaces.
  • Galleys make for one of the most economical layouts available.
  • It can provide a place to eat by using stools, to prepare food by including a sink, and to store beverages by installing a cooler.
  • They offer an additional work surface in a kitchen.
  • Best used for large kitchens.
  • A peninsula kitchen is explained as using a connected island to convert an L-shaped layout into a horseshoe or alter a horseshoe kitchen into a G-shaped design.

When deciding on a layout, don’t forget to consider your workflow. Picking the right layout for your kitchen is an important decision because each individual or family uses the kitchen in different ways.

Consider your workflow in reference to everyday function and social use. Think about how you use the kitchen, how many people will be cooking there together, if your kitchen doubles as an entertaining or social space, and what your goals are for this remodel.

Don’t Forget the Countertops!

Keep the countertops in mind during the remodel as well. Remember the goals you’ve set for the remodel. There are various types of countertops available for whatever budget or aesthetic goals you have in mind.

kitchen countertops
  • Resistant to heat, scratching, and staining.
  • Price ranges from $38 to $75 per square foot.
  • Requires sealing every 1 to 2 years.
  • Resistant to heat, scratches, and stains.
  • Prices run between $65 and $135 per square foot.
  • Requires annual sealing.
  • Resistant to heat, scratches, and stains.
  • Price varies between $42 to $80 per square foot.
  • It does not require sealing.
  • It can be damaged by excessive heat and scratches.
  • The average price is anywhere from $12 to $15 per square foot.
  • It does not require sealing.
  • Highly resistant to heat and scratches and is stain-proof.
  • Average pricing falls between $90 and $105 per square foot.
  • It does not require sealing.
kitchen cabinetry

Don’t Skimp on the Cabinetry!

The possibilities and selections for updating your kitchen cabinets are limitless in 2020. Once you’ve determined your budget and goals, shop around to determine which method is right for you and your needs.

refinish your cabinets

Refinish Your Cabinets.

Refinishing, painting or staining kitchen cabinets can be a quick and affordable way to add value to your home and give your kitchen a facelift. The process entails cleaning the doors, shelves, and hardware. Then sanding or stripping the old paint and flaws from the surface of the cabinets.

Lastly, new paint or stain is applied for a crisp, brand-new look. The price is typically less than $100, however, it can increase depending on the size of the project.

Resurface Your Cabinets.

In resurfacing kitchen cabinets, you simply add a layer of laminate or wood veneer over the surface of the previous cabinets to quickly give a new appearance. This type of update provides an array of customizable options for cabinets while still staying cost-efficient.

For the average kitchen, laminate generally ranges from $1,000 to $3,000, while wood veneer can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $6,000. This process is more expensive than refinishing cabinets, but it’s also a much faster approach.

resurface your cabinets
replace your cabinets

Replace Your Cabinets.

Replacing kitchen cabinets is the most common option for a full kitchen remodel. However, it’s also the most expensive option for a remodel. If your goal is to make this house your forever home, this is the best option to achieve the look you want.

Replacing kitchen cabinets can vary in price on average from $6,000 for a full set of basic cabinets to over $20,000 for high-end custom cabinets.

Select a Venting Solution That’s Perfect for Your Kitchen!

Every kitchen needs some form of ventilation to keep smoke down from cooking. There are many styles of hoods available to make your kitchen your own. There are also two types of ventilation to choose from, ducted ventilation and recirculating ventilation.

A ducted ventilation system leads outside of the house to empty in open air. A recirculating ventilation system cycles air through a filter and back into the kitchen itself. Both are valid options that can be considered based around your needs. Although a ducted ventilation system is the most common and recommended.

Once you’ve decided on what type of ventilation system you want to use, or to keep the existing type, it’s time to examine the styles available!

Styles of Vent Hoods

Under-Cabinet Range Hood

Under-Cabinet Range Hood

  • An under-cabinet range hood mounts directly beneath an over-the-range cabinet and blends into the design flow of the cabinets above and around the range or cooktop.

Over-the-Range Microwave with Vent

  • Save counter space by using an over-the-range microwave!
  • These styles feature a built-in vent fan on the underside of the microwave to remove fumes or smoke from your kitchen.
Over-the-Range Microwave with Vent
Wall-Mount Range Hood

Wall-Mount Range Hood

  • Wall-mounted range hoods are attached directly to the wall above the range and do not require a cabinet for mounting.
  • These are normally installed higher above the range than typical cabinet-mount hoods.

Ceiling-Mount Range Hood

  • Most commonly used over a kitchen island cooktop, vent systems with a ceiling mount provide completely vertical
    ventilation with no need for wall or under-cabinet mounting.
  • Most models require an exterior duct, however.
Ceiling-Mount Range Hood
Downdraft Vent Hood

Downdraft Vent Hood

  • For kitchens that are too small for other styles, a downdraft vent hood can be a perfect solution.
  • These vents are installed beside the cooking surface and pull smoke and fumes downward instead of up and out.
  • This style can only be used with a cooktop.

What Appliances Should You Have in Your Kitchen?

Every kitchen is going to need some appliances for basic needs and others to simply make life a little easier.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the 10 appliances you should have in your kitchen: