When considering a kitchen remodel some of the most common questions raised by homeowners are related to cost and if the remodel will add value to their home.
Scared of Starting Your Kitchen Remodel? You should be…
There are 2 bad outcomes most common in the remodeling industry. In one, you have some recourse through the law, in the second, you’re unfortunately just stuck.
The first is simpole outright fraud. That’s right, remodeling scams.
“Kitchen Remodeling Scammer Pleads Guilty” reads one headline. “Grandmother Scammed by Kitchen Contractor” reads another.
It seems like everywhere you turn, you hear about another homeowner getting ripped off by unscrupulous contractors.
Now, the second category is less felonious, but unfortunately can be just as damaging to your life as a homeowner. If you pay $75,000 for a kitchen or Bath remodel, and the job gets completed, but everything is just not right…not the way you want it, is that better? You have to walk into this room every day and look at all the mistakes, the color of the granite or paint not quite right, bow much better is this, really?
We understand that you don’t want this to happen to you, and we don’t either. Even if you don’t choose our team at Modern Blu, we want you to be prepared so that you can hire someone you can depend on.
We’ve listed 4 questions here that you should strongly consider before you ever hire a kitchen remodeling contractor.
1. How Much Does Your Average Kitchen Remodel Cost in Frisco, Plano, Flower Mound and Highland Village?
The reason this is such an important question is that it gives you the ability to gauge the competence of your contractor. If you want a luxury result, you can’t get that from a contractor who has never installed a luxury kitchen remodel. The differences are just too stark.
If the contractor you’re interviewing feels too eager to get that deposit check, you should run. Why?
Kitchens are the most popular and expensive rooms in the house to remodel. According to Home Advisor, the average cost for a kitchen remodel in the United States is $25,510. However, a full-size kitchen remodel can reach $50,000 or more. In north DFW cities like Frisco, Plano, Little Elm and Flower Mound, that number reaches much higher if you want a luxury kitchen remodel, so it’s even more critical that you hire a contractor who has the experience, and the reviews to prove it.
The cost of a kitchen remodel is based on a number of factors – the size of the kitchen, the extent of the remodel, the number of high end elements you include (like flooring, appliances, paint or lacquer finishes, specialty countertops) and the quality of those materials. In short, there are numerous factors that impact the cost of a kitchen remodel so the total amount for each remodel can vary significantly.
As you consider a kitchen remodel it is important to set a budget at the beginning of the process. If you plan well, it will help make the process more enjoyable and less stressful. It helps to remember that most remodeling projects are more likely to end up going over budget than under budget. They also usually go over time. We do our best, but especially when change orders come up, that extends it.
2. What are their Reviews Like?
Speaking of reviews, you should check theirs out (ours too, if you like). But remember, anyone can buy fake reviews these days, so also ask for a few references of jobs they;’ve done in the area, then talk to those folks and ask how the job went.
Hearing from another customer will tell you a lot more about what you can expect if you choose to use them.
You need to understand how the contractor plans, how they do the install, and how they clean up. This is what you’ll be living with when the job is done.
3. What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?
In general, the most expensive aspect of a kitchen remodel is the cabinets. The cabinets can sometimes account for up to 50% of the kitchen remodel costs. There are several reasons that cabinets are so costly. The first is that the materials used to make the cabinets can be expensive. Installing cabinets in luxury kitchen remodels can be labor-intensive because of the custom applications involved, which adds to the cost of installation. Finally, additional costs are incurred for any custom design work you may need.
4. How much value does a kitchen remodel add?
According to Remodeling magazine, the average amount of home value recouped for a mid-range kitchen remodel is 78%. This return on investment is higher than most home improvement projects. If you would like to compare the ROI for various home improvement projects, a link is included at the end of this article that highlights the 2020 cost vs value report for home remodeling projects.
One factor that isn’t included in the ROI calculations is the intangible benefits of a kitchen remodel. The reason for the popularity of kitchen remodels isn’t just because of the ROI, it’s due to the aesthetic impact a kitchen can have on the entire home.
To explore more about these and other topics, check out Modern Blu’s resources or Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value Report:
- Kitchen Remodeling Improves Your Health
- Choosing a Countertop Made Easy
- Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs Value Report