Is it Time for a Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel? Follow These Tips
Is it time to remodel your kitchen or bathroom? There are a few telltale signs that indicate that the time is right to make the move, beyond dated décor.
Does the space in your kitchen or bathroom meet your needs, both in size and layout? It’s possible that your family has changed in size, which would change your functional requirements.
Maybe you’ve acquired a new hobby that requires more space in your kitchen; maybe you’ve developed physical ailments that would be soothed by a larger or differently configured bathroom?
If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to get busy with your remodel. Here are some tips to follow to get started.
Things to Consider in Your Plan
Are you remodeling to accommodate space or are you simply looking to update décor?
Updating décor is a little simpler.
Make sure you select a style and be cohesive with your choices.
If you are trying to make your space work better for you, there are a few more steps involved.
First, you need to identify what the issues are in your existing kitchen or bathroom.
Is there a lack of counter space? Is the layout too cramped? Does the layout impede traffic flow? Do you not have enough storage space?
Sketch out a plan with complete measurements. Fit in your décor choices and new fixtures, making sure that they fit and are functional.
Tips for Hiring the Right Person to do the Job
Kitchen and bath remodels are pretty big jobs so they can be stressful.
A good way to alleviate that stress is to hire an experienced person who you can count on to do the job right.
Start by asking friends, coworkers and family for referrals. Plan to interview and get quotes from three people.
There are a series of questions that you need to ask, including:
- How much experience do you have?
- Do you have a storefront (i.e. number and mailing address)?
- Do you guarantee your work?
- How do you react when something happens that isn’t to plan?
- Do you offer advice on design?
- Can I see examples of your work?
- Do you have liability insurance?
- Am I able to get a contract in writing?
- What is your plan for cleanup and work hours?
- What is your fee schedule?
The more questions you ask, the more assured you are of finding the best person to do your job for you.
Upgrades to Plumbing and Fixtures
If you are upgrading and expanding your fixtures, ensure that the current plumbing will support what you’ve chosen.
If not, make sure you know what needs to be done before you start. For instance, you don’t want to install a sink in a new counter only to realize that the piping doesn’t measure up.
Things need to be done in the right order too.