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Survival Tips for a First Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodeling projects are not for the faint of heart. The disruption to home and lifestyle can be significant with this type of renovation. However, many homeowners find the disorganization worth it when the work is completed, and it’s time to enjoy the new living and working space.

Prepare for Upheaval
Savvy homeowners will enter into this process with a realistic expectation of what to expect. One of the most important things to realize is that eating out will be a daily expense and activity for a family. Cooking will become nearly impossible while this room is being renovated. The best course of action is to stay out of the kitchen as much as possible during this project.

Resist the Urge to Cut Corners
Decisions will come up that could present options for cutting corners and spending less. While some of these choices might be advantageous, it’s best to stay the course and proceed with original plans. Cutting corners will often lead to substandard results in the long term.

Budget for Unexpected Expenses
Even the best-laid plans will not be able to predict every expense associated with the remodel. Experts recommend setting aside an additional 20 percent of the total project budget to pay for the unexpected expenses that are sure to come along.

Keep the Vision
In the midst of all the upheaval and mess, smart homeowners will remain focused on the finished results of the renovation. This vision can help during the messiest days of the process.

While the actual work of a remodeling project is rarely pleasant, the finished results promise to make the struggles well worth it.


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