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Nine Questions To Ask Yourself Before Doing Any Kitchen Renovations.

Nine Questions To Ask Yourself Before Doing Any Kitchen Renovations.

1. What is your budget?
First of all, it is important to have an idea of how much you are planning to spend on your kitchen renovations. Make sure that the renovation company you are working with understands and knows the limitations of your budget from the start to avoid mistakes and overspending.
If budget is tight, consider doing a renovation at a time. Choose the most important part of the kitchen that is in need of a fix first then move on to other parts and slowly enhance the quality and visual presentation of our kitchen. You should include a 10% or 20% increase of your actual budget for contingency.

2. What is your goal?
Why are you planning this renovation?
Is it to sell?
Are you refurbishing to increase its value?
Planning to fix up the old kitchen for your own personal use?

With your goal in mind, you will be able to identify your priorities and make better decisions based on your budget.
You may also want to consider what items or features you must have in your kitchen, and what items you are fine to part with. Especially when you have a small kitchen and space to work with, you do not want to cluster them in the already tight space and make your cooking experience worse.

3. Are you planning to move soon?
If you are only planning to live in your home for a year or two, it would be best not to splurge on your budget and do minor renovations such as cabinets and installing kitchen appliances instead to save you on costs. If possible, try to stay away from making any renovations which will change the structure of the kitchen but if you are planning to live there for the long term, go wild with your ideas and make your dream kitchen happen.

4. Who uses the kitchen?
For a family household, there are a couple of things to consider. For instance, if you have many kids, you will probably have to make more food storage space to feed your growing kids. Storage and access to food will be the key factor for your kitchen renovation. If you have young children, you will probably want to keep sharp items higher and out of their reach, and use materials that will less likely be damaged or stained from food spillage.

Your profession or interests could also be a factor to consider when doing a kitchen remodel. If you are a baker you may want to have more counter space for your equipment and space to make dough, etc.

5. How often is the kitchen being used for cooking or entertainment?
Is your house commonly used for social gatherings and dinner parties?
A wall oven, beverage refrigerator, room for more appliances and cutleries will be something you should think about.

6. Does anyone in the house have allergies?
Certain adhesive used during renovation such as high-gloss lacquers, urea, and phenol formaldehydes may be used to finish plywood. If you or any other members of the household are allergic to them, it is important that your contractor is well informed.

7. How much can you work with?
You may have many exciting ideas for your kitchen but it is important to remember to keep it realistic with what your current situation and space will allow. Study your kitchen floor plans beforehand and familiarise with it before making any decisions, especially when making any structural configurations such as removing a section of the wall to make more room as there may be pipes or utility risers that will prevent you from making these adjustments for safety reasons. If you are unsure, seek professional help from a renovation company.

Besides, for any work done especially big configurations, you will have to check if it complies with the Building Act or if you require a building consent before doing any further planning.

8. What is your schedule?
Will you be living in your home while it undergoes kitchen renovations?
Living in your home while the remodelling happens may prolong the renovation time and costs as the contractor may have to work around your schedule to avoid disrupting the members of the household, therefore working less hours, and they will have to maintain a cleanliness and protection level for your health and safety.

9. What is my payment option?
New Zealanders tend to opt for a home equity loan as they are tax deductible. There are also other options such as refinancing and taking a personal loan. Check with your contractor to plan out your costs and check with the bank for options on loans.

To give you an idea, visit ANZ and use their home loan calculator to explore your loan options.

Contact us for any queries on your kitchen renovations and we will be happy to assist.

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