How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel During the Holidays

From on October 25, 2011 in Kitchen Remodel

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So you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen this fall. You likely have clear reasons why you want a new kitchen, and you know that kitchens bring one of the highest returns on your investment. Not to mention that a modern kitchen remodel increases the selling value of your home—and makes for a much more enjoyable holiday space in the meantime.

But you may be wondering how to best go about such an undertaking (the noise, the company, the mess!). Here’s how to survive a kitchen remodel with ease during the holidays.

Find a wonderful contractor

Start immediately looking for the right contractor for you. The sooner you start comparing bids, the better the price you’ll be able to negotiate.

Click here for a free estimate on how much your remodel will cost.

Remember that with all of the scheduling and appointment-setting ahead of you, the best time to start contractor shopping is right at the outset.

Plan, plan, plan

Because your kitchen remodel contains so many technical elements, as well as aesthetic choices, in-depth planning beforehand is a must. Make a list of priorities for your project. Check out costs of appliances and changes you are interested in, and how they fit into your overall budget. Browse and save photos from our Kitchen Ideas galleries, or cut out pictures from magazines.

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Make sure that when you go from kitchen dreaming to executing that you have everything you need in its most specific form. Sure, you may change details along the way, but you won’t be derailed entirely or overwhelmed when you have a master plan to work from.

Note: when prioritizing, remember that appliance upgrades are one of the biggest bangs for your buck. They immediately change the functionality of the kitchen while adding value to your home. And by choosing eco-friendly appliances, you can even qualify for remodeling rebates.

Timing is everything

You don’t want to be caught in the middle of the holiday season with a kitchen mostly but not completely finished. Creating a timeline is essential for your contractor and for the overall success of your project. Break down the entire remodel and make a list of steps that will get you to the finish line without becoming overwhelmed. This puts the remodel into simpler, broken-down phases—and helps all of the professionals understand their time constraints.

Make sure that you build in a bit of extra time for those unforeseen delays that usually occur in a building project. Creating a buffer will keep you on top of the project, despite unexpected changes or brief delays in the remodel. And, best case scenario, that buffer time isn’t needed and your project is finished ahead of schedule!

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Ensure your savings

Your fall kitchen remodel can include many appliances and features that qualify for government rebates, and can even save you up to 30% on your annual energy bill. It’s important that you look at your purchasing decisions that will allow you such savings. And be careful to go through all of the right steps and meet the deadlines to get your rebates. Your rock-star contractor can make sure of this.

And that, friends, is worth a celebratory drink or two.

Photos via Houzz