Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

By Mark J. Donovan

June 20, 2012 4 min read

A kitchen remodeling checklist is paramount to a successful kitchen remodel. A top-level checklist is composed of a sequence of tasks that should be performed in order to achieve a successful outcome. I say "sequence" because a specific order in working through a remodeling project is essential. If you don't follow the proper steps, you inevitably will spend more time and money and experience more headaches and hassles in completing your kitchen remodel.

At the top of your checklist should be defining the objectives of your kitchen remodel. Ask yourself what you want to achieve with your new kitchen in regard to features and space, how much money you want to spend on it, and when you want it completed. Answering those three basic questions will help you to establish a top-level budget and a timeline for completing the project.

Next on the checklist is to develop a set of kitchen design plans and the key elements that you want to incorporate into those plans. For most homeowners, it makes sense to work with a professional kitchen designer, as they can provide you with wonderful tips on the latest kitchen cabinetry and countertop features -- and can actually generate detailed kitchen design plans for you.

The most important element of a kitchen remodeling project -- or any major home remodeling project for that matter -- is hiring the right contractor. Hiring the wrong contractor often leads to large cost overruns, schedule delays and major frustrations. In the worst cases, it can lead to the project never being completed and the contractor stealing from you by buying excess materials for your project and then skimming the materials for another job. Make no mistake: These types of problems are very common when the wrong contractor is hired.

Consequently, when embarking on a kitchen remodeling project, make sure your checklist includes a thorough process for hiring the right contractor. Often the kitchen designer can help in this process, as well. Whatever you do in regard to hiring a contractor, make sure to check the references of each prospective contractor and view pictures of their complete projects, and if at all possible, go out and visit one of their most recently completed projects. Also, make sure they are a licensed kitchen remodeling contractor in your state and that they are properly insured. Finally, keep in mind that the more thorough a contractor's bid the more accurate it is likely to be in terms of cost and schedule. Look for quality bids that include detailed schedules and a complete bill of materials.

Once your kitchen remodeling plans are in place and you know what the expected costs are for your project, visit your local building inspector to pull any necessary permits. Failing to pull the necessary permits could cost you greatly in terms of steep fines and hassles.

With permits in hand, you can begin to do the actual remodeling work. A well-planned kitchen remodeling project should only take a couple of weeks to complete. During the actual remodeling phase, talk with your contractor about once a day to see whether there are any issues that need to be addressed and to ensure that the project is on track for an on-time completion.

By following this top-level checklist, your chances of a successful kitchen remodel skyrocket. Enjoy your new kitchen!

Mark J. Donovan's website is http://www.HomeAdditionPlus.com.

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