Are you tired of your home feeling like it was last updated during the Cold War? Are you thinking about starting in the kitchen so that you can install more modern decor and appliances, but you're not quite sure where exactly where to begin? Updating and renovating your home can be exciting. No longer will you be subject to the whims of the previous homeowners. But figuring out exactly what you need to do first can be a challenge. Here are some tips to get you started:
Rent a dumpster: Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional, kitchen renovations can be messy. Kitchen cabinets, old pieces of drywall, and other large items often need to be thrown out. While either you or your contractor can run them to the dump, it's much more convenient to have a dumpster in your driveway or just out on the street to handle and contain the potential mess. Decide exactly what you'll be replacing and updating so that you know what size dumpster that you'll be needing. If your appliance store offers free haul away and disposal of old appliances, you might as well take advantage of that instead of renting a bigger dumpster.
Hire a designer: It's easy to think that you can save money on kitchen renovations by doing everything yourself, but that's not always the case. Unless you're keeping everything exactly the way it is and simply updating the cabinetry and appliances, a designer can help you from making unfortunate choices. For example, you may think that your kitchen is large enough for an island countertop in the middle, only to find out partway through the installation that you're left with very little floor space. A designer can help you integrate what you want into the space that you actually have, saving you from having to keep starting over one or more times with your remodeling plans.
Buy extra supplies: If you're hiring a contractor for your remodeling plans, he or she likely already buys extra supplies for all kitchen renovations. But, if you're doing it yourself, it can be easy to try to buy "just enough" so that you save money. While this may save you money in the short term, it can be costly in the long run. Perhaps you're thinking about installing new tile in your kitchen. You discover that 9.5 boxes of tiles will cover your floor, so you order 10 boxes of tile. Unfortunately, half a box of tile probably isn't enough to deal with accidental breakage and needing to cut and fit together the tile around the edges. If you use all of the tiles and are still in need of more, it could be a long and expensive search to locate suitable tiles or you could wind up with mismatched flooring. It's better to order an extra box or two of tiles in the beginning. Most hardware stores should allow you to return unused boxes, so you'll get your money back if it turns out that you didn't need the extra after all.