Most people think of the kitchen as the epicenter of the home. It is where you entertain guests, complete office work or school projects, have family meals together, plan for the future, talk, laugh, and even argue. With all of that activity, the kitchen is bound to get plenty of wear and tear. You may find your kitchen needing a remodel—or at least a facelift—long before the other rooms in the home do.
Fortunately, remodeling the kitchen is a good investment. A new kitchen can substantially drive up the value of your home. If you are ready to remodel, begin with a master plan. You don’t want to get your kitchen partly revamped, only to switch your game plan and have to start again. You also need to look closely at your budget. Chances are, you won’t be able to replace everything at once. What you can do, however, is decide which parts of the kitchen need the most attention and start there.
You also need to take timing into account. You can redo your kitchen at any point in the year, but some times are better than others.
First, you need to consider the weather. If you live in a part of the country that receives heavy snowfall, avoid remodeling in winter. The same is true in areas that experience heavy rain during some months. Rain can keep your contractors from being able to complete certain aspects of the remodel and delay your finish date.
Second, you need to consider your family’s calendar. Do not schedule a kitchen remodel if it will interfere with a major event such as a wedding or birthday. If you have children, you may want to schedule the remodel when the kids are in school, so you will not have to keep them out of the kitchen all day.
A little forethought can help ensure a remodel that stays within your budget and does not needlessly disrupt your family’s lives.