Most homeowners doing a kitchen remodel are doing one for the first time. This means “they don’t know what they don’t know.”
This can sometimes lead to disappointing results because homeowners get bogged down in the details and miss the bigger picture.
With just a little bit of guidance, KC homeowners can navigate a kitchen remodel and get amazing results. Here are 6 smart remodeling strategies that lead to a beautiful new kitchen:
Strategy #1: Start With A Professional Design
At Jericho Home Improvements, we often say that “getting great remodeling results is not an accident. It’s 100% on purpose.”
A great KC kitchen remodel always starts with a professional design. Avoid contractors that sketch your design by hand or say, “they don’t need a design because they’ve been doing this for years.”
That’s a failure to plan, which is a plan to fail.
The best kitchen remodels are first designed on state-of-the-art software and can be updated in real time based on your feedback. At Jericho, we offer free design services during your very first consultation.
For more information, visit our Professional Design Consultation page.
#2 Decide whether you want to do major changes to the layout of your kitchen.
If you decide against any major changes to the layout of your kitchen, you might want to consider using kitchen refinishing services.
Not every KC kitchen remodeler offers kitchen refinishing, but it can be a great option in certain cases. A kitchen refinish can typically be done in about 1/3 the time and at about 1/3 the cost of a full-scale remodel.
If you do not need major changes to the layout, and you only want to refinish your cabinets (not completely replace them), then you might be a good candidate to use kitchen refinishing services.
For more information, visit our Full Remodel Or Refinish page.
#3 Select A KC Remodeling Company That Guarantees Results
You’re investing a significant amount of money in your home when you decide to remodel your kitchen. And you should be protected by real guarantees from the remodeling company that is doing the work.
Jericho Home Improvements has what we believe to be the strongest guarantee of any kitchen remodeling company in KC. Here it is:
100% Money Back Guarantee: if something goes wrong with your home improvement project that cannot be fixed through reasonable measures, we give you your money back.
#4 Always Ask Who Will Be Doing The Work
You should know who will be doing the actual work to install your kitchen remodel. We recommend avoiding any company that answers “sub-contractors.”
Not all sub-contractors are low-quality, but it is always harder to hold them to the same standards as an installer that works directly for the company. Scheduling sub-contractors can also be challenging because of other work they may be doing, which can cause needless delays.
Sometimes you’ll hear, “I’ll be doing most/all of the work myself.” This can be a sign of potential trouble. This means the “company” you’re hiring, is actually just a guy and his truck. Many of these folks are either doing this part-time, or are under-insured, or don’t have the professionalism to deliver first-rate results.
The best answer to the question of ‘who is doing the installation’ is this: “The people who will be doing the work in your home are ouremployees. They are well-trained, experienced Master Installers whose quality we completely control because they work for us.”
#5 Check References
Checking references is one of the best ways to find out what kind of job a company has done for other homeowners. At Jericho Home Improvements, we give you a list of 100 recent references.
We’re not giving you 100 because we think you’ll want to sit down and call all 100 (although feel free to if you want!). It’s more to demonstrate how sure we are about the quality of the work we do. You can call anyone on the list and we’re confident you’ll be talking to a satisfied homeowner.
Compare that to a KC kitchen contractor only willing to give you the same 2 or 3 references they give to everyone.
It’s a smart strategy to always choose a kitchen remodeler with a proven track record.
#6 Beware Of Low-Quality ‘Bargain’ Remodelers
When it comes to kitchen remodeling, price matters.
But not always in the way that homeowners think it does. The problem is we’re all used to shopping for bargains by choosing the cheapest alternative on an apples-to-apples comparison.
And that makes sense when you can directly compare products that are extremely similar.
But not all kitchen remodelers are offering the same quality, so comparing only on price doesn’t give you a full picture.
Here’s what we mean: if your kitchen contractor takes sloppy shortcuts or uses inferior products to save on costs, that’s going to impact the value you get out of your remodel.
There are also real costs down the road that can happen if you go for a low-quality bargain. Will inferior, sloppy installation done on the cheap hold-up? If your project needs to be repaired or replaced later, that will cost you more in the long run.
We’re not saying not to pay any attention to price, but in kitchen remodeling the old adage “you get what you pay for” really is true.
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