Questions to Ask The Experts Before Commencing Your Kitchen Renovation
So, you’ve decided to bite the bullet in 2019 and move ahead with your dream kitchen renovation. Congratulations! Investing in your kitchen – the heart of the home – will pay dividends both now and down the track.
While you can tackle the project yourself if you’ve got the skills and know-how, we recommend going with the experts for the job – saving you time, money and perhaps a bit of your sanity in the long run!
It’s only natural that you’ll have lots of questions and things to run through with any potential contractor – but to make the most of your consultation, here’s what you should be asking before progressing further with your renovation.
How long will my kitchen renovation take?
It’s probably the question homeowners are most anxious to have answered, but don’t worry – your contractor will be expecting it. The most common question asked prior to any renovation, the question of time will depend on the size of your project and what you’re wanting to achieve with your renovation.
While the fit-out itself may only take a week ago, there’s a lot that goes into a renovation before a contractor even steps foot on your property – consultations, designing, in some cases obtaining permits and readying your house will all add to the timeline of work. Don’t forget to allow for unexpected issues along the way!
Make sure you leave ample time between when you’ll approach a contractor, and when you’d like your project finished by.
How much will the works cost?
Again, a hot topic most homeowners want to get out in the open – how much will a renovation cost?
While your kitchen design can be accommodated to suit varying budgets, expect to spend around $15,000 (excluding appliances) for a general update.
When you start to go cheaper than this benchmark, you are setting yourself up to compromise on at least one element of your kitchen – whether that be materials, workmanship or something else.
Apollo Kitchens has over 50 years’ experience in helping homeowners create their dream kitchens at a price point that suits their budget, with award-winning designs in every price bracket.
Will I have access to my home?
Access to your home and kitchen will be impacted by the comings and goings of tradespeople as your kitchen undergoes its facelift, so it’s important to manage your expectations during this process.
Get an understanding what areas you’ll be sharing and when you can expect the kitchen to be handed over, so you can plan accordingly.
Is my design achievable?
Hopefully, you’re approaching your potential contractor with at least some broad ideas of what you want to include in your new kitchen design. This will help them to understand how you use your kitchen, and how it can be made as functional as possible.
If you’re not sure where to get started, take a look at Apollo Kitchens’ portfolio, or check out our profile on Houzz. Browsing through past projects can help spark your inspiration, or let you see how we’ve transformed kitchens similar to yours.
Once you’ve outlined your proposed design ideas and ideal budget, your contractor should be able to tell you whether it’s achievable. Otherwise, they’ll have suggestions if you need to compromise on some elements to come in line with your price.
Our rule of thumb – it’s better to invest in quality over quantity. When approaching a renovation, we’ll always suggest to invest in a few high-impact, high quality elements rather than trying to hit everything in one go.
Ready to get the wheels moving on your renovation project? There’s an Apollo Kitchens showroom near you – visit us or set up an obligation-free consultation to discuss how we can help make your dream kitchen a reality.