Top 5 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

(May 9, 2015)


Doing a kitchen remodel is a wonderful way to add some style and flavor to your space, and it can help to boost the value if you are selling your house. Many people who are considering selling a house will upgrade their kitchen in an effort to entice buyers, and it can work out quite well – when you do it correctly. However, many homeowners make mistakes when they remodel. The following are the top 5 kitchen remodel mistakes that could derail your plans. Read them, learn them, and avoid them!

#1 - Hiring the Wrong Contractor

When you are remodeling your kitchen, you need to hire a contractor who has experience in the field and who can prove it. Always vet your contractors and see what type of work they do before you hire them. Make sure they are on board with your vision, or that they can come up with something that works for your space. Do your research and try to find some reviews and testimonials before spending your hard-earned money. No matter the room you are remodeling, you really do need to take the time to find the perfect contractor for the job.

#2 - Skipping the Permits

While it might seem to be faster and easier to do your upgrades and remodels without permits, you will run into quite a bit of trouble, especially when it's time to sell your house. Most contractors won’t work on your property if you do this, and it can cause some legal trouble down the road. Take the legal and correct approach whenever you are doing any building or remodeling to your home.

#3 - Going the Cheapest Route Possible

Many homeowners do this. They try to find the cheapest options possible when remodeling. They use inferior materials, thinking that it will still look good and entice buyers. Shoddy work and cheap materials are noticeable though. Remember, you are trying to enhance your home’s value with the remodel. A cheap fix or materials you find on sale will not help you sell your house. If you really want to sell your house, put in the money. You can make it back when someone buys your house.

#4 - Going Overboard with Design Choices

Sometimes, you can get a little too excited when it comes to remodeling. You might have an idea of what you want and what you think looks great. If you are trying to sell the home though, you shouldn't care about what you like. You have to think from the perspective of a buyer, and you want to keep things as normal and neutral as possible. For example, if you have a traditional country style home, going with a modern kitchen might not be the best option. Give the people what they expect. 

#5 - Taking the DIY Approach

DIY (do-it-yourself) is a great philosophy in some areas but not when trying to remodel your kitchen to get your house in the best shape possible. If your remodel involves anything more than changing out the hardware on the cabinets, you really do need to get a contractor in on the job to help you.  If you are going to sell your house in the next 10 years, then avoiding these mistakes is even more important.

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Jennifer Shenbaum

Written by Jennifer Shenbaum

Jennifer Shenbaum is a real estate investor based in Southern California. She is a veteran of the housing market crash of 2007. Best of all, she offers free remodeling ideas to all who ask.

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