5 Tips To Avoid Getting Burned By Kitchen Remodels

1.Avoid An Identity Crisis

Don’t try to remodel a 50’s ranch-style kitchen into a contemporary cook space. All homes, however humble, are built in a certain architectural style. Work with it, not against it. You’ll be spending too much money and time on complete overhaul, and you’ll end up with a kitchen that looks like it belongs in someone else’s home.
2.Don’t Lose Track Of Trends

There’s always something new in the world of kitchen improvement. By staying on top of the latest technological trends and improvements, you may be able to find less expensive, more eco-friendly versions of the hottest looks.
3.Don’t Mismatch Appliances

When buying new fridges, ranges, and dishwashers, stick with the same brand. Fortunately appliance manufactures have begun to create good-looking, low-priced lines that include matching sets. With a little research and some smart shopping, you can find affordable appliances that look very high-end – and when they all match, you get a designer look for much less.
4.Don’t Forget To Budget For Sinks And Fixtures

Get the best possible faucet, one with a pull out spray attachment or a gooseneck with detachable head. It’s a necessity AND a brooch – and the difference between good and great is only $50 -$75. Stick to one consistent fixture finish since mixed finishes can look like patch work.
5.Don’t Overspend

Before you start planning, consider the market and decide whether a low-, medium-, or high-end kitchen remodel makes the most sense. Costs can run the gamut from $2,000 for a simple paint-and-hardware upgrade to $50,000 if you’re installing expensive countertops and luxury appliances. Knowing your neighborhood will help keep from overspending – you may not get your investment back installing travertine in your tiny starter – or worse, underspending. Let’s face it, you’ll never see Formica in a high-end home, and in fact, it may become a barrier to your sale.

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