After years of planning, saving, and dreaming, you are ready to plan the kitchen remodel of your dreams. However, before you begin hiring contractors or picking out backsplashes, it is important to learn about the ins and outs of remodeling a kitchen. This education includes learning some of the most common myths and misconceptions about a kitchen remodel. Here are a few.
You Can Complete Most of the Remodel on Your Own
Depending upon the extent of your kitchen remodel, there are several common tasks that need to be completed. Some of the chores can seem easy enough for you to complete on your own, such as installing a backsplash or changing out light fixtures. However, even a task that seems very simple can become complicated, especially if you are a novice at home renovations.
Instead, if you hire a contractor to complete your kitchen, you should leave the entire remodel to the professionals. This ensures that the job is done correctly and if there is an issue later, the contractor's work will potentially be under warranty and the cost of the repair will be covered.
A Trendy Kitchen Will Immediately Make Your Home Desirable to Potential Buyers
Many homeowners renovate a kitchen in preparation to sell their home. Kitchen trends come and go, and in order to attract potential buyers, you might consider choosing countertops, cabinets, flooring, and other major aspects of the remodel based upon today's hottest fashion.
Unfortunately, not all kitchen trends will appeal to buyers, and you might wind up spending a lot of money on a remodel that doesn't secure the buyer you are after. Instead, work with a designer or contractor to choose a remodeling plan that works with your kitchen's flow and the overall look of your home.
It Is Impossible to Find a Reliable Contractor
Finally, one of the most unfortunate myths about residential kitchen remodeling is that most of the contractors you will interview or even hire are unscrupulous and will run away with your money before completing the job. Most contractors are honorable and have a good reputation. However, you need to do your homework to ensure you find the right contractor for you.
For example, one of the best ways to find a contractor is to seek a recommendation from friends and family members. Do an extensive background check and ask potential contractors to provide a portfolio of past jobs.
From the idea that all contractors are crooks to the notion that you can complete several of the remodel jobs on your own, there are several common kitchen remodeling myths you should be aware of.