Common Mistakes When Doing Kitchen Renovations

When planning home renovations, the kitchen is often the first room to be renovated. Although an upgraded kitchen generally improves the value of your house, it is also a large factor of flow, appearance and feel of the home. However, this type of project can become hindered, stressful, and even a bit complicated when the following mistakes are made:

  1. Not structuring a detailed budget.

Having a budget and sticking to it is essential to a successful project. Set an amount you are comfortable with paying, decide what your “must haves” and “nice-to-haves” are and plan accordingly. An ongoing mistake I see first time renovators make is going off assumptions with their cognitive bias’s. They usually underestimate the cost of materials, appliances, etc.

  1. Making Purchases Without First Talking to Your Contractor.

Often, your contractor can leverage deals at many stores. If you see something you like, make a note, grab the model number, and discuss with your contractor. Chances are, he/she will be able to get you a better deal and save you money. In addition, you may disrupt the work flow by adding items in without first talking to the contractor. For example, if the cupboards are already in and you decide you want a larger appliance, the cupboards may need to be re-done to fit in the appliance. Communication with the contractor is essential.

  1. Forgetting About Storage.

Having ample storage in the kitchen is essential to the functionality of the room. If it is a small space, ask your contractor to come up with some creative storage ideas so you can make the most of your kitchen. As a contractor we want to make out renovations as seamless as possible. It’s difficult to maneuver around the room when there’s no space.

  1. Choosing the Wrong Appliances

It’s no news that appliances are expensive. However, cheap appliances commonly break down quicker and often take away from the overall look and feel of the kitchen. Ask your contractor for suggestions on appliances within your budget that will enhance the room.

8 Essentials to look for in a Contractor

ACI would like to help you find the best contractor for your project. Here’s a simple list of the 8 things we advise you to look for when looking for a contractor.

1. License

When looking for a contractor, it is a non negotiable to find one that is licensed. This means that the contractor has met the provincial mandated qualifications for contractors. This is also important if you are looking to sell your house in the future, work done by an unlicensed contractor is not usually recognized in real estate transactions.

2. Experience

Experience is important when it comes to choosing a contractor because you want to make sure that they are able to provide you with quality workmanship. You can ask your contractor questions like how long the have been in business, how many projects they do in a month, and if they have any references for their work.

3. References and a Positive Reputation

References and a positive online reputation is a good indication that the company has done significant work and that their customers are happy with their services. Beware of a “too perfect” looking reputation though. A 100% satisfaction rate could be a red flag indicating that the reviews posted are not from actual customers.

4. Steady and Trained Staff.

Never be afraid to ask how long a company has been in business. Lengthy tenure can show that the company has a good reputation not only with customers, but within the company as well. Training is also important, you can ask questions like what licenses or special training’s the company or individual has received.

5. Turnaround Time

Once you speak with a company, turnaround time is also a good indicator of what kind of company you are speaking with. If the turnaround time is too short it may indicate that the company is sacrificing quality for speed. If the estimated length of completion is wildly different from other contractors there could be an issue.

6. Pricing

When searching for a contractor, you do not want a contractor that has the highest or the lowest pricing. Contractors should be competitive with pricing, but if the pricing seems too good to be true, it usually is. Also, make sure you are comparing “apples to apples” when it comes to pricing.

7. Material Suppliers

A good way to check in with a contractor would be to check with the material suppliers. If the company has a good reputation with the people they work most closely with and often (suppliers), than it is a good indication that it will be a good company to work with.

8. Communication

From the beginning of contacting your contractor, you want to make sure that they are providing good communication. Did the office get back to you in a timely manner? Did they answer all of your questions? Did they confirm the appointment? Did your consultant answer all of your questions? If the answer is “no” to several of theses questions, it may be a good indicator that the company will not be able to have open communication with you during the process of your job.

If you have any questions feel free to call us at (403) 770-6347.