If you have been thinking about renovating your kitchen and adding new kitchen cabinets, you may be wondering about how to get your project started. Since it’s no secret that installing new kitchen cabinets are not by any means a cheap task, it should however, be considered an investment. The last thing you want to do is make costly mistakes. Before taking the plunge in spending your hard earned money, you should be careful in your planning, the general contractor you hire as well as the research before you rip your kitchen apart. Avoiding mistakes is the key to a successful kitchen cabinet installation. The old saying, “do it right the first time,” has never been said in vain. Here are some things you should know before installing new kitchen cabinets in your home.
Don’t attempt to install your kitchen cabinets yourself
Unless you are an expert contractor yourself, it is best to leave your kitchen cabinet installation or cabinet refacing Indianapolis to the professionals. Not only does a professional general contractor have all the tools necessary to put your install your cabinets, they most likely have done hundreds of kitchen cabinet installation projects. You won’t be able to match their experience. A professional will know the right steps to kitchen cabinet installation, and in what order, each step should be. For instance, is it better to install the lower or upper kitchen cabinets first? Most contractors agree, put the bottom cabinets in first so you can get the countertops in sooner.
Find a reliable general contractor
Once you have established that you are going to hire a general contractor, make sure you do your homework. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Go online and research potential contractors. You can use sites such as Yelp and Google Reviews to find out what prior customers are saying about the contractor you are considering for hire. Steer clear of any contractor that has too many negative reviews. You can also call the better business bureau to find out if there are any complaints against the contractor as well. If you weren’t able to get a recommendation from anyone, sites such as Angie’s List could help you choose a reliable contractor.
Be specific about your needs
The more specific you are about the needs you have for your new kitchen, the better a general contractor can help you get your project started off right. If your issue is space in the kitchen, your new kitchen cabinets should be designed to give you added space. Having new cabinets should not only give your kitchen an upgrade in aesthetics, but it should also improve the function of your kitchen. If you simply replace the cabinets and put them exactly where they were, you are going to have a beautiful new kitchen with the same space problem you had before. Don’t spend all that money and not fix the issues.
Do not open your wallet too quickly
Once you have decided to hire a contractor, it is common for the contractor to ask for a retainer deposit to get started. While this is customary, do not pay for the entire project up front. The retainer should be no more than 30% of the projected estimated cost. If your contractor wants more than that, simply move on to the next candidate.
Stick to your budget
It’s so easy to add things on as you get excited about your new cabinets, however, pick a budget and stick to it. You may want those granite countertops, but if it’s not aligning with what’s in your wallet, consider an alternative such as a modular stone countertop or even laminates. Both are still a durable option.