Nearly every homeowner has dreams for certain rooms within their house. Whether it’s a new bathroom that oozes relaxation or a revamped kitchen to help achieve all culinary goals, renovating a room is an exciting way to really implement your personality into your home.
Kitchen renovations are high on the UK’s priority list, with 51 per cent of homeowners saying they are currently undertaking, or planning to undertake, this kind of renovation. It makes financial sense too, with a new kitchen adding between 5.5–10 per cent to a home’s value.
But before you grab a toolbox and start prising the old worktops off, take a moment to consider these vitally important aspects. Addressing these six issues will ensure your kitchen renovation goes as smoothly as possible.
Inform your home insurer
One of the biggest mistakes people make before committing to a renovation of any kind is not informing their home insurer. Neglecting to do so can be a costly mistake, not to mention a risky one: according to Hiscox, the top five reasons to claim on the insurance during a renovation or extension project are:
- Theft of materials, such as kitchen fittings
- Burst pipes
- Storm damage
- Flooding from ground water
- Party wall claims
Touch wood nothing goes wrong, but you should always plan for the worst. That way, you’re ready to deal with anything that might crop up during the renovation — notify your home insurer before you undertake any major projects.
Plan a reasonable budget
It might seem obvious, but planning a budget isn’t just picking a figure and sticking to it. Let’s face it, no plan ever goes exactly planned! You need to factor in a bit of ‘wiggle room’ to your budget, so don’t make you budget figure the top end of your spending limit. Consider how much you could spend maximum, then drop that by a few thousand — this gives you a buffer if a contractor discovers any hidden damage in your kitchen floor or walls that might need an unexpected fix!
Stick to timeless trends
You might have spent hours and hours on Instagram, liking all the trendiest kitchen interiors, but sticking to the timeless trends ensures your kitchen will survive the test of time. That way, you don’t risk your kitchen aging or becoming dated within a few years — which would have you shelling out to update it again.
Keep the existing layout
One way to keep costs down is to keep the kitchen’s existing layout, rather than undergoing a complete overhaul. Leave the major systems in place, such as plumbing, boiler, and air conditioning units or vents, and instead rejig your cabinet layout to breathe a fresh look to your kitchen.
You might love the look of a kitchen island, but it is really functional to how you use your kitchen? Consider your lifestyle before you plan out your kitchen renovation in order to match your appliances and changes to suit your kitchen use. If you’re not one to frequently entertain guests, you could forgo the space for seating and instead pick more storage options, for example.
You don’t need to buy everything at once, says This Old House. Instead, prioritise certain elements in order to spread the costs out. Aspects like the infrastructure, cabinets, and countertops need to be invested in now, but new appliances costs and more detailed lighting fixtures can wait: a cheaper placeholder will do for now!
Renovating your kitchen is a huge task, and it’s one you want to be properly prepared for. Make sure to consider the above tips before you start your project off in earnest!