Here in Michigan, a kitchen remodel project, on average, can fetch you nearly 50% return on investment, which makes it a great option when trying to increase your home value. However, we know from working with customers over the years that many homeowners are reluctant to take on such a large project, simply because it’s overwhelming.
We’re here to help you navigate it! Read through this guide to learn everything you need to know to prepare for a kitchen remodeling project so you can get through it with ease and get the kitchen of your dreams as a result.
Set a Budget
The first step in planning your project is to set a realistic budget for what you have in mind. But, how do you even know where to begin? As a good rule of thumb, you can expect to spend between 5% and 15% of your home’s value on your kitchen remodel.
It also helps to build in a bit of a buffer in your budget planning, as you might not account for everything upfront and this will give you a bit more flexibility. When you choose Atlas Home Improvement for your project, we’ll be there to help you with budget planning, offering transparency about our pricing so you know exactly what to expect.
Beyond that, we can help make budgeting even easier with our convenient payment plans. Our financing partners will help you come up with a plan that works best for your needs so you can update your kitchen in a way that feels comfortable to you. And, to help you save even more, we regularly offer special savings so you can get the best possible deal on your kitchen renovation.
Figure Out Your Must-Haves vs. Your Wants
Once your budget is set, you can start thinking more about what you actually want to get out of your remodel. It helps to create a list of your must-have features as well as nice-to-have items. To do this, think about the pain points in your current kitchen. Do you lack enough storage space? Are you looking to open up the space more? Maybe you’re tired of your outdated tile?
Thinking about what you don’t like about your current setup can help you determine the features you absolutely need to have and which features you can live without.
Now comes the fun part! It’s time to start gathering ideas for your design. Browse through photo galleries that feature kitchen remodels, head to Pinterest, browse through design magazines, etc., to see what you do (and don’t) like so you can start making decisions about your project.
Beyond looking for style inspiration, be sure to look out for functionality ideas as well. Do you see a layout you love or a convenient feature you’ve never seen before? Save it so you can show your contractor during the planning phase of your project.
Choose the Right Contractor
The final step in planning for your kitchen remodel is to hire the right contractor for the job. Most importantly, you want to make sure you choose a contractor that is licensed and insured, to give you peace of mind that you’ll be protected throughout the project.
You’ll also want to look for a contractor that has a great reputation for excellent customer service and high-quality work. We think you’ll agree that our Atlas Home Improvement team meets all of those qualifications! Having served local homeowners since 1989, we have the skills and experience to bring your kitchen dreams to life for the right price, delivering white-glove service every step of the way.
Perhaps best of all, our cabinet restyling services can help you save money while updating your kitchen. Instead of completely replacing your kitchen cabinets, our restyling process involves adding a veneer to existing cabinet boxes, replacing the doors and drawer fronts, and changing out the hardware. The result is a high-quality, yet low-maintenance material that’s resistant to staining and backed by a lifetime warranty.
We proudly offer 16 different cabinet door styles and a wide variety of hardware, so you’ll be sure to find an option that perfectly fits your style at a fraction of the cost of a full remodel. It doesn’t get better than that!
Starting Planning Your Kitchen Remodel Today
Now that you know how to prepare for your kitchen remodel, you can start planning your project. Once you set a budget and find some inspiration for your design, contact the Atlas Home Improvement team to learn about our current promotions and get your project on the books!