Factor 2 Wow! - This has everything to do with your goals and motivations. Write down each motivational factor which is important to you in a kitchen remodel. Here are some possible examples: Kitchen is falling apart. You love to cook and the layout doesn't suit you. You love to entertain and want to open up the kitchen as a place to gather. You want a kitchen that wows your guests. You are getting ready to sell your home and the kitchen is a sticking point with buyers... Now that you have your list, evaluate which motivations are most important and relist them in motivational order. Imagining your budget starting in "the middle" take note of which factors might move the budget up or down...i.e. wanting to remodel to encourage a sale might move the budget down, remodeling to wow guest might max it out
There are several places online you can go to help you establish a basic budget number to start with. My personal recommendation is Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report which is released by region and major city each year. The really nice thing about this report is that it gives a description of the "average" project so that you can gauge if your kitchen remodel is going to fall above or below the benchmark. I also find their average pricing to be an accurate reflection of the pricing for our company, so by recommending to clients before I even meet with them that they investigate this report they are more likely to establish a realistic budget we can work within to give them a fantastic kitchen.
2. Take a look at the remodeler's earlier performance. Examine the firm's website to check out photos of previous projects. If there isn't a website, ask to see photographs. Because it's possible a remodeler could potentially present to you pictures of projects they have not really accomplished, you should always ask if you can talk with the actual house owners whose projects are photographed. By doing this, you not merely verify the fact that the work was indeed accomplished by the remodeler but you are able to speak to former customers regarding the quality of the work and their contentment with the remodeler coming from a workmanship viewpoint and regarding business processes. It's also a great notion to ask for both recent references and ones from longer ago. Talking to house owners about earlier projects can offer insights towards precisely how well the remodeler's work stands up over the years. Additionally, have a look at ratings and reviews for the remodeler at on-line sources such Angie's List, social media sites, Google Local Business Listings, etc. Talk about any negative reviews with the remodeler to establish if the responses raise legitimate problems.
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