Kitchen remodeling is part of homeownership, but there’s no set rule for how often you should do it. There are many factors to consider, so if you’re not sure when you should remodel, think about the following points.
Start with a simple question: What’s your budget? If you don’t have enough for the project you have in mind, put it off and save up.
If you can afford the project but you’re on a strict budget, cut costs by limiting what you renovate. For example, you can save a few thousand dollars if you keep your original kitchen windows and glass doors. Likewise, if your original wood floors are hidden beneath synthetic flooring, ripping up the top layer — like vinyl or linoleum — and keeping the original floors could save approximately $2,000.
But if money isn’t an issue, then there is no wrong time for a kitchen renovation.
Ask yourself, “Why am I upgrading? What’s my goal?” If you plan to put your house on the market within the next year or two, your remodel project will look different from one you’d undergo if you plan to keep the home.
If you’re upgrading to sell, you should renovate right away. Stick with standard styles and cosmetic updates. Why? You want your kitchen to appeal to the broadest audience. For example, paint or reface old cabinets with a generic, neutral color rather than buying new, trendy cabinets.
However, if you are renovating for yourself, you can allow your personal style to show — cater to your own preferences.
Are your kitchen appliances outdated? Is the wallpaper from five years ago no longer your thing? Are you tired of dark oak cabinets and ready for something brighter? If so, then it sounds like the right time to update to a more modern look.
When you have any kind of problem, whether it’s cracked tile, damaged cabinets, crumbling plaster or faulty appliances, it’s time for a fix. Otherwise, the issue could get worse or spread.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house, so you shouldn’t feel frustrated every time you’re in it. If you need to expand to create an open floor plan or add cabinetry for additional storage, don’t wait to upgrade. Make it fully functional and up to your standards.
When you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen, work with the best team around. Swirl Woodcraft installs beautiful custom cabinets — call us today to get started on your dream kitchen.