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Performing a complete kitchen remodel is one of the most expensive home improvement projects. In addition to appliances, cabinetry, countertops, and flooring, this renovation will likely involve touchy areas like heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical work. Considering the gravity of the work to be done for the project, there will be instances where things won’t go well in terms of time.
Here are some of the common reasons why your kitchen remodeling project might experience delays:
Some kitchen remodeling projects are delayed because renovations need permits, but there are some exceptions to this rule. Some changes are not subject to permits, including painting, replacing windows, and removing cabinets. However, some slight differences may require a permit, including those that aren’t going to change the design of the space significantly. Permits are also required if the changes affect load-bearing structures or the building envelope.
To begin a kitchen remodeling project on time, it is essential to set a timeline for the process. The typical remodel lasts from the initial design consultation to the final inspection. Ideally, a homeowner should begin the planning process six months before the start date. They should outline their upcoming schedule and write down anything that could prevent them from contacting the contractor.
When hiring a contractor, it is best to do your research. Most general contractors win jobs based on their reputations. The best way to find a reputable contractor is to ask friends and family for recommendations. While referrals are helpful, you should never rely on word-of-mouth, as a general contractor can change subcontractors or laborers as needed. In addition, the contractor should provide you with references.
There is a growing number of factors that can delay kitchen remodeling projects. In addition to high demand for products, supply line issues and labor shortages can add to the delays. This is particularly true during the busy holiday season when demand for goods is at an all-time high. The supply chain is also affected by severe natural events, such as hurricanes and blizzards.
When planning a kitchen reno, make sure to budget accordingly. An extensive renovation project can quickly run over budget and take longer than anticipated. Rather than planning to spend half your budget on materials and appliances, plan to add between 10 and 20 percent for unexpected costs. Having some financial cushion is better than scrambling mid-project for an additional loan. After all, you wouldn’t want to be stuck with a half-finished kitchen!
Homeowners should be realistic about the project timeline. They should expect the job to take longer than expected and to cost double what they originally estimated. They should also expect some delays and overages. A 10 to 20 percent delay is normal and expected from reputable contractors. A 50 to 100 percent delay is not normal and could be a sign of a dishonest contractor. Homeowners should also be honest about their expectations of the contractor.
Depending on the scope of the project, you should set realistic expectations with your contractor. While pushing for a quick completion date may be tempting, a good contractor will be working on many other projects and will be very busy. Be realistic with your contractor and create a detailed schedule. If you expect the project to be completed within a specific time frame, create a schedule and communicate that to them in writing.
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Mr. Cabinet Care’s design team and incredible craftsmen have your best interests at heart. From design to installation our team is ready to help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams, faster than you can imagine.