Ask yourself these five questions before starting

There’s nothing so wonderful as getting your dream kitchen, but it can also be an excruciating, and costly, process, especially if you don’t prepare. The average price, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association is around $20,000, but it can go as high as $50,000 to $70,000.  On the other hand, if you plan carefully, and ask yourself some hard questions, you can do it for $10,000 or less.

Here are some tips from David Waller Interiors of Port Orange, a company that’s been a leader in interior design for over 45 years.

  • Ask yourself what your firm and realistic budget is. Of course, you’d like to remodel your kitchen for a specific price you might have in mind, but you do need to plan for unexpected costs, construction emergencies, and other contingencies.  

Hopefully you won’t need to dip into any of that money, but it’s a lot better to be pleasantly surprised by coming in under budget than the other way around.
  • Do you plan to stick around, or sell in the next year or so? That’s really going to help you set some priorities. As long as the kitchen is practical and visually appealing, that will do with buyers. They’ll probably put their own style in it anyway when they move in --and, honestly, they are much more concerned with things like roofing and the house’s “bones” when it comes to any purchase.
  • Are you skimping on cabinets or countertops in your remodeling, Deltona, FL? That’s a bad strategy since they are major parts of any remodel, whether it’s a kitchen or bathroom remodel, Orange Beach. Also, know that bathrooms can be little deal killers so if you plan to sell anytime soon, and the bathroom has a strange layout, it’s a good idea to change it immediately.
  • Do you want or need top-of-the-line appliances? We get it! We all love those beautiful purple ranges, but there’s a big difference between want and need. By the way, you should employ that strategy for everything, such as “Do I really need custom cabinets or will semi-custom or stock work?”
  • Is it all functional? Does the bathroom have enough storage? Ask about the work triangle, the layout between range, refrigerator, and sink. You shouldn’t be cramped or bumping into things--or trying to juggle food preparation on inadequate counter space. Make sure spices, cutlery, wine bottles, etc., have their own place. Bathrooms also need adequate storage and lighting.

For more information, come into the David Waller Interiors showroom in Port Orange, FL.