Feb 092010

If you’re planning a kitchen renovation,this checklistwill help keep your renovation in order. The following list focuses on the work that needs to be done before the renovation takes place. PartTwo focuses on the demolition and construction phase of the kitchen remodeling.

I. Pre-Renovation Planning:

  • Schedule a home appraisal: The purpose of a home appraisal is to help you establish an upper limit for your renovation dollars. A general rule of thumb is approximately 15% of the total value of your house can be spent on a kitchen renovation (but that doesn’t mean you have to spend that much). Call your real estate agent or a home appraiser for advice.
  • Schedule a house inspection: A home inspector, general contractor or renovation advisor will help you determine if there is any extra work that needs to be done to your home in order to support your kitchen renovation. For example, you want to know if you have any structural problems that need attention before going ahead with the renovation, as it will need to be accounted for in the budget.
  • Schedule an energy audit: There are several new incentives right now for increasing your energy efficiency, however, in order to qualify for those grants your house must have an energy audit before you start your renovation. Call an energy auditor to get the process started.
  • Collect design ideas: Before meeting with your architect, designer or contractor, collect some photos and magazine pictures of kitchens you love and be able to say what you love about them. Being able to give your professional trades people direction will save you time and money and will help your designer have a clear understanding of how you see your new space.
  • Consider your new kitchen’s different functions: Why are you renovating? Is it because the space isn’t ideal? The appliances are old, everything is out of date? As you dream about your new space, keep a list of what you want it to achieve.

II. Renovation Planning:

  • Establish a budget: Make sure your budget is realistic in terms ofthe types of finishes youwant orcan afford (i.e. stone or laminatecountertops, wood or laminateflooring, handpainted or subway tile backsplash, etc.) and whether new appliances are included in your budget. These costs can eat up a significant amount of your budget — and that’s before labour, design and local permit costs.You can get an idea of how muchfinishes and appliances willcost by visiting appliance stores and tile and flooring stores.
  • Hire Professionals: kitchen designers, architects, interior designers, interior decorators, and general contractors need direction as to what you want your new space to achieve, and whether your budget can accommodate marble countertops and high-end appliances. The more preparation you do before you meet with them, the smoother the renovation process will go. When getting professionals to quote on a project, make sure they are all quoting on the same specifications. If they aren’t, ask them to break down their quotes so they are easier to compare with others.
  • Plan a timeline: Once you’ve hired your professionals, work with your designer or contractor to organize when the construction will take place and how long you’ll need to be out of your kitchen. It will help you make necessary arrangements during construction.
  • Obtain building permits: You can either get your contractor to get the permits or, if you have the time you can save some money by getting them yourself. Ask your contractor whether getting building permits is include in his fee.
  • Set up a temporary kitchen: If you don’t have to move out to accomplish the renovation, establish a temporary kitchen somewhere else in the house. It could be in the garage or laundry room. In the summer a barbecue can become your stove.

PartTwo of the Kitchen Planning Checklist focuses on steps taken during the renovation.

Author: Cathy Rust
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