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What to Expect When Remodeling Your Kitchen: A Guide for Homeowners

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? If so, you're not alone. Kitchens are one of the most popular rooms in a home to remodel. However, it's important to understand what to expect during the process. In this article, we will outline the steps involved in a kitchen remodel and what you can expect from each stage. We'll also provide tips on finding a qualified contractor and staying within your budget. So, whether you're just starting to think about renovating your kitchen or are in the middle of the process, read on for some helpful advice!

The first step in any remodel is to figure out how much remodel you can afford. Setting a budget before getting quotes from contractors will make choosing the right one just that much easier. Kitchen remodels can be costly, so it's important to have a clear idea of how much you're willing to spend. A good place to start is by looking at comparable projects in your area. This will give you a rough estimate of the cost of materials and labor. We also recommend adding 5-10% more to your budget for unexpected expenses that may come up. The best way to stay on budget throughout your project is to keep communication between you and the contractor clear. Any adjustments you want to make should be brought up as soon as possible so there are no delays in the work and additional costs don’t sneak up on you. If you are working with a reputable contractor, like Copia Real Estate Design & Build, any change orders should require your signature before the work is started so you always know exactly what your adjustments will cost.

Once you've set a budget, it's time to start thinking about finding a qualified contractor. This can be a daunting task, but there are some resources that can help. One way to search is a simple Google search for general contractors or kitchen remodelers in your area. Angi, Houzz, and BuildZoom are all other great ways to find a contractor. Checking with friends and family can be another great way to find a contractor you can trust. Once you've found a few potential contractors, ask for references and check their licenses.

If you choose a design-build company like us, our first step will be to work with you to come up with a design for the space. Once we have an approved design we jump right into the work!

Once you have a budget, a contractor, and a design, the next step is usually demolition, which can be a messy and dangerous process. Be sure to clear out any items you don't want to be damaged during the work. We recommend our clients make arrangements to be out of the home, even if just temporarily, during the demolition phase, at the least. While most contractors will do their best to minimize the amount of dust and debris, you can expect your house to get a little messy.

During the first phase of your project, you will meet with our design consultant to choose your selections such as tile, countertops, lighting fixtures, etc. These items will need to be ordered and on-site as quickly as possible to keep things on schedule. At Copia Real Estate Design & Build, we have an in-house designer that can help you achieve the look you want and keep things within your budget.

After the demolition is complete, depending on the scope of work, plumbing and electrical work will be completed next before the walls are closed up. This process can take some time with needing to have each stage of plumbing, electrical, and structural work inspected by your town's building department.

Next comes the more satisfying part! All your new cabinets, countertops, and appliances will be installed. This can be a lengthy process, so be prepared for some inconvenience during this stage if you have moved back into your home. Once your lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and hardware are installed a final inspection by the building department will finish out the project.

After the contractor has finished the installation phase, and the punch list has been addressed to your satisfaction, it's time for you to start enjoying your new kitchen! Be sure to take care of it by cleaning and maintaining it properly. With proper care, your kitchen will provide you with years of enjoyment. Thanks for reading and we hope this article has been helpful in planning your kitchen remodel!


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