Want to update your kitchen but don’t know where to start? Join the club.
Home renovations can be pretty expensive and more complex than they initially seem, so you don’t want to make mistakes or spend your money on upgrades that aren’t really worth it in the end.
At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve been working in real estate in Metro Detroit for quite some time now. And we’ve seen just about every home renovation blunder you can imagine.
Kitchens in particular have so much going on – from built-in cabinetry, custom-cut countertops, and tile; to electricity and plumbing and sometimes even gas lines; to appliances that fit just right among all those things – there’s a lot to consider no matter how small your job may seem at the start, and a lot of room for error.
To help you avoid making the same mistakes we’ve encountered in homes all over Southeast Michigan, here are a few kitchen renovation suggestions.
Unless you have a lot of experience renovating homes, it’s probably a bad idea to DIY a kitchen update. Instead, hire a professional to do the work for you. But check our second tip!
Vet Your Contractors
Not all contractors are equal. Some will make big promises and underdeliver, while others have character and integrity. We recommend checking online reviews, requesting for before and after photos of jobs they’ve done, asking for references and calling them directly, and making sure all your questions are answered to your satisfaction. You can also ask your friends and neighbors if they’d recommend any contractors that done work in their home.
Have a Clear Budget
When it comes to updating a home, nothing is cheap. And it’s easy to get carried away and find yourself way over budget if you don’t keep a close eye on your selections. Make sure to define your budget early on and keep in close communication with the contractor about any changes in cost to avoid any unwanted surprises. That said, make sure your budget is high enough to get things done right. Skimping on renovation costs can create more expensive problems down the line.
Think of Future Buyers
You definitely want to choose kitchen options that you like and want, but remember that your home is an investment. It’s important to think of future buyers and what they’ll want to see when you sell the home, so try to avoid anything trendy that has the potential to look dated five or ten years down the road.
Hope that helps!
And remember, buying a new house with a kitchen you love is always an option! If you ever want to sell your Metro Detroit home as-is for a fair cash offer, give Mitten Made Properties a call at (248) 883-3340. We’ll pay all closing costs and we can close in as little as two weeks!