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Getting Started Part 3: 5 Quick Tips to Prepare for the Renovation Process

When you are planning to remodel your kitchen, it’s tough to know where to begin. You have a lot to consider—what would you like to change, how much will it cost, what features are available, which brand should you select, and more. We would like to help to ease the process—after all, that is what we’re here for! We love to guide our customers through the exciting process of creating the kitchen of their dreams. In this “Getting Started” series, we will be taking you through the major steps of getting your kitchen remodel off the ground.

In Part 1, we talked about Calculating a Budget.

In Part 2, we talked about How Design Can Affect the Cost.

Now we’d like to talk about an important step: Preparing for the Renovation Process. To help, we have a video from one of our cabinet brands, Aristokraft. In the video, they mention several helpful things you can do upfront to help you avoid issues as the process progresses.

1. Select an excellent designer and contractor. Your designer and contractor can walk you through the entire process—and the best news is, while this may be your first renovation, your designer and contractor have been through it before. You can lean on their experience to help you make good decisions with your new kitchen. (And to make it extra easy, let Seigles help you with both! We have experienced designers who can plan, estimate, measure, and order your kitchen, and several trusted contractors available through our ProInstall program.

2. Decide appliances first. Your designer will take your list of appliances and use this as a first step in mapping out your new kitchen design.

3. Create files that demonstrate your taste. Your designer will want to know your personal taste and style in order to create a kitchen that matches your vision. Create a Pinterest or Houzz board that pulls together the best of what you love from around the web. Pull examples of colors, finishes, and features that you would love to see in your kitchen. Be ready to explain why you like them so the designer can get a feel for what you would like.

4. Agree on a budget and timeline. Once your design is put together, your designer will let you know your estimated costs, and they will walk you through how much time the project will take. Know that any changes you make after the process has started may change the cost or the timeline, so be sure that you are clear on all of the details ahead of the start date. Also, in our budget calculating tips article we recommended that you reserve 20 percent of your budget for unexpected costs, since a tearout may reveal things the designer or contractor didn’t count on that may increase the cost.

5. Plan a backup kitchen before work begins. You will need to eat without a kitchen, so it’s time to get creative! Consider finding space in another part of your house to use a folding table and chairs, a microwave, a slow cooker, and more. Move your refrigerator somewhere that is easily accessible from your temporary spot.

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