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What You Should Know Before Remodeling Your kitchen

  • January 24, 2022
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What You Should Know Before Remodeling Your kitchen

A kitchen remodel can be a great way of modernizing your home and creating a space that can combine as a place for preparing meals, enjoying family time, and hosting guests. However, if a kitchen remodeling project is not thoroughly planned then it could result in over-spending, significant delays, and a poor finished product.

In this FAQ, we will answer a number of questions to outline what you should know before remodeling your kitchen, ensuring you are fully prepared for the project and it goes as smoothly as possible.

How long does it take to complete a kitchen remodel?

As a standard estimate you should prepare for 4-6 weeks of renovation work for a kitchen remodeling project. However, for significant projects which involve structural work, with fittings built from scratch, this estimate could rise to around three months.

Be mindful that during this time, your household may face significant disruption and you may be unable to cook. Therefore it is advised to prepare alternative cooking methods during this time, such as a portable stove, or an outdoor cooking area. 

What sort of costs can I expect for a full kitchen remodel?

Research shows that the average kitchen remodel in the US costs over $25,000, however, this figure can vary based on the size of the kitchen and the extent of the renovation. 

The best way to look at it in terms of a budget planning point of view is by breaking the cost down to $150 per square foot – this way you will be able to determine a rough estimate based on the size of your kitchen.

The quality of the overall fittings and appliances will also bump up the price, especially if you are considering custom-built cabinets and drawers. Costs can be reduced by using prefabricated or refurbished cabinets but of course, this will give you less flexibility in terms of layout and style. 

Can remodeling my kitchen add value to my home?

A kitchen remodel will almost certainly add value to your home, with studies showing that completing a major kitchen upgrade can result in returns of over 50% of the money invested. Whereas a minor upgrade could see an ROI of over 75%, and a mid-range project could result in an ROI of almost 55%. 

Adding value to your home is of course a great bonus but the main thing is creating a kitchen that suits your needs and providing a space that the entire family can enjoy

Do I need to use a professional kitchen remodeling contractor?

If you want the project delivered in a timely fashion and all the work completed to a high standard then it is recommended to hire an experienced contractor to complete the work for you. DIY projects can be extremely rewarding, but they can also be very stressful if you lack experience and it could result in costly mistakes which challenge your budget and cause lengthy delays.

Many contracting companies also provide design services, killing two birds with one stone, as it were. These multifaceted remodeling companies can help from start to finish, assisting you with planning the design and layout, source materials, applying for permits, and of course, carrying out the work itself. This can often work out much cheaper than hiring multiple contractors to perform different functions throughout the project.

SOD Home Group has delivered kitchen remodeling projects across California since 2008 and has built up a strong reputation as specialists across a range of skills, from kitchens to bathrooms, gardens to roof replacements, and much more.

Do I need a building permit for a kitchen remodeling project?

If your proposed kitchen remodel involves any changes to the structural integrity of your home, or requires changes being made to the plumbing or electrics then yes, the correct permits must be obtained before any work can commence. This is a legal requirement across the United States to ensure safety codes are met and failing to obtain the correct permits can result in financial penalties

Consult with your contractor to discuss which permits will be required for the project and how to apply for them. 

Thank you for reading, we hope this article has helped to answer any questions you may have. For more helpful home improvement advice feel free to browse the rest of the section here.

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