What your need to know when renovating
A kitchen renovation can be major and a tricky one to manage if you don’t know what you are doing.
Here are some questions you might have and the answers behind them.
What are benefits of renovating the kitchen?
Out of all the home improvement projects you can do to increase your home’s value for reselling, a kitchen renovation has the most potential to result in an excellent return-on-investment.
Not only that, a kitchen renovation also allows you to improve the storage options in that space. This is important especially now that there are more and more appliances and kitchen tools one can buy.
What trades are involved?
The most important trade you will need is an experienced kitchen cabinet-maker or builder that specialises in kitchen renovations.
Their level of experience will impact the quality of the renovation especially when custom-made cabinets are involved.
An electrician, plumber, and painter may also be needed as well as a tiler or flooring specialist.
Should I arrange the trades myself?
If you’ve already established trust with your builder or kitchen renovator, then it’s better to let them arrange the trades themselves. Their years of experience and connections will definitely make the process easier and may even help you save on costs.
It also means you don’t have to manage so many relationships or the process. They should be able to co-ordinate it all for you.
However, if you have the time and personally know and trust certain tradies, don’t hesitate to engage with them.
How much should I budget?
Budget can vary significantly with a kitchen renovation based on a number of factors including:
- The type of cabinets your select
- The quality and brand of the appliances
- Whether any electrical or plumbing configurations are needed
- The type of benchtops you choose
- The size of your kitchen and number of cabinets
A small and complete apartment kitchen renovation make cost you between $8,000- $12,000.
A much larger kitchen from $20,000 onwards.
How long does it take?
On average, for a custom made kitchen, it could be a 6 week process from when you engage a professional. This involves planning, ordering of materials and appliances, cut and build of the cabinets as well as final installation, and finishing touches.