8. Skipping Research
The price of a dishwasher ranges from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. The choices you make with fixtures and appliances matter. “When you add these differences to the sheer volume of products required for a kitchen remodel, the budget could vary from $30,000 to $100,000,” Bodrozic says.
Plus, think about all the materials and products that will be required, Bodrozic advises. It’s not just the cabinets, countertops, and appliances—there’s also faucets, backsplash, garbage disposal, and other small items to consider. Overlook too many of these items, and your budget could wind up being higher than you expect.
9. Neglecting Paperwork
There are several good reasons it’s worth taking the time to follow through with all the paper, from receipts to warranties to manuals.
- Utilizing warranty coverage if things break: New (and even not-so-new) products that break may be covered under warranty. “But if you don’t have the documentation, you may not get it fixed,” Bodrozic says.
- Updating your insurance: Don’t neglect to “update your home insurance policy to make sure your dwelling coverage is enough to pay for all the new investments you made in your house,” he says.
- Thinking ahead: You’ll use documentation (such as receipts) when you file taxes and in the future when you sell your home.
10. Forgetting About Resale Value
If you plan to sell it in the nearterm, aim to make updates that most people will find appealing, so you’re adding value to your home. Often, people “forget about the maturity event, aka resale,” says Leavitt.
For instance, if your tastes tend toward bright and bold paint colors, just know that you’ll likely need to repaint when you want to put the home on the market. Wayman, the paint expert, recommends light, neutral paint colors. They will lead to “the longest lasting, most satisfying results.” he says. “Save bold color changes for doors, shutters, or small accents.”