What You Should Consider With Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels
If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen and bathroom, then you already know that this is going to be a much bigger, more significant effort to improve your home.
It’s not like switching a bed out of a guest room, moving in a desk, computer and a new coat of paint on the walls and calling it a home office.
You’ll be removing and replacing permanent fixtures like bathtubs and stoves. You may be enlarging these spaces, tearing down walls and putting in things that might require new plumbing connections, such as dishwashers.
But if you want things to go smoothly, there are a few things you need to think about.
Consider Upgrading Your Plumbing
If your home is older, and the plumbing hasn’t been touched in decades, this is the best possible time to think about an upgrade and re-piping your plumbing.
With walls and floors being removed, your plumbing is never going to be more accessible than it is now.
This is why you should seriously think about getting an upgrade to modern plumbing and materials.
An iron sewage pipe that has been working for 100 years shouldn’t be counted on to work for 100 more.
And if it breaks just a few years after your remodeling, you may have to tear down the work you just did to get at it and fix the problem.
Figure Out What You Really Want
The goal of remodeling is to improve your kitchen or your bathroom. But have you taken the time to figure out what, for you, constitutes an improvement? This is your chance to bring it to life, so give it serious thought.
One person’s idea of the perfect kitchen with optimized cabinet and counter space may be the exact opposite for you if you’ve always wanted an open, social space for family and friends to interact.
Another person’s dream raindrop shower might be the exact opposite of your need for a luxury bathtub you can fully stretch out in.
Figure these things out and communicate them clearly, so there’s no misunderstanding between you and your contractor, and you get what you want.
Be Careful Who You Pick
The decision that is going to have the most impact on how good your remodeling job is is who you decide to do the work.
The right choice, with experienced, efficient professionals can mean fantastic new rooms that cost exactly as much as the original estimate that was given.
The wrong choice can mean an unsatisfactory job that you ended up paying more for than was originally agreed upon in the estimate as “surprises” came up.
Take any referrals made by people you trust seriously.
Do additional research on the Internet, and look up things like user reviews or customer testimonials.
Good companies will have a long list of evidence over the years. Bad companies will either have a lot of negative comments, or very few reviews and evaluations at all.
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