For almost all the kitchen remodeling jobs we have done, the customer have always said that they wanted to get this done WAY earlier. But they always kept putting it off because of some sort of stressful situation that they were going through.
To us, it seems like homeowners are learning to live with bad kitchens because they think that kitchen remodeling will bring even more stress to their lives.
And we agree. Going through a major remodeling of any part of your house, whether that be bathroom remodeling, adding another room, maybe rebuilding your garage or any other exterior remodeling, or just a full home reconstruction – there will be stress for you because you will have to consider all the moving parts of the remodeling process.
Whether that be the cost, making sure that the remodelers are using the correct materials that will last you a long time. Whatever it is, it will cause an increase in your stress levels.
But here’s what I think – remodeling your kitchen should always be a thing that excites you. Not something that introduces more stress into your life.
You want it to be so exciting that you jump out of your bed each morning to see what the progress is and how it’s going. And if you can improve upon anything.
You shouldn’t dread about the fact that it is going to take 15 days for everything to be done. And then you have to rearrange all the tools in your kitchen which is going to be another headache.
So in this article, I wanted to give you some pointers that you can follow to reduce the stress that you go through.
The best part about these tips is that you can apply them in any other part of your life as well.
So without any further ado, lets jump into it –
Do Everything You Can to Minimize Your Downtime
Whenever you’re going through a remodeling project, there will always be some kind of a downtime where you won’t be able to use your kitchen. So you want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to minimize it.
Best way to do it is to find out what things take the most amount of time, and get them done before the demolition starts. We know from experience that kitchen cabinets take the most amount of time. So you want to make sure that you demolition starts once the cabinets are delivered to your remodelers warehouse.
That way, you can cut the time it takes for the entire project down to 3-4 weeks.
And that’s just one example of how you can do it. You can find other ways to do this by talking to your kitchen remodeling contractor and asking them what takes the most amount of time and if those things can be done at another location. If they can, hold off on the demolition and get that done first.
Because once demolition is done, you won’t be able to use your kitchen anymore until the whole project is completed.
Stop Micromanaging Everything
I’ve seen my dad do this and it makes the whole project stressful for everyone.
You need to realize that everyone makes mistakes. And remodeling your kitchen is not a small project. It might look like that in the grand scheme of things, but when you go through it, you’ll realize that it changes your entire life for the couple of weeks that it takes to finish.
So, regardless of how experienced your remodeling contractor is, expect them to make mistakes. And if they say they are experienced, then they surely will know how to fix those mistakes as soon as possible.
Everything you do besides that will just make the whole process worse for everybody involved.
Always Hire a Professional
I know most people would LOVE to do these things themselves. And in some cases they should. Like if you’re planning on remodeling the kitchen of your vacation home, then sure, go for it. As long as you’re not doing it while your whole family is living in it, and you can get a professional to give you a helping hand every time you need one.
But for most people who are usually remodeling the kitchen of their regular home, you want to hire a professional to do it.
There’s a couple of reasons why you want to do it. But to sum up all of those reasons, here’s why you should – they have the experience. And they do this for a living.
They know a lot more than you would in 2 weeks. So they are able to see the mistakes they’ll make from a mile away and they can avoid those mistakes. Sure, they will still make mistakes, but they will be minor mistakes that can be easily fixed.
If you went at it on your own, you wouldn’t have the foresight to predict your own mistakes. And who knows, you might end up making a major mistake that will take a lot of money solve?
And not just that, the professionals always have a better finish when it comes to the final product compared to someone like you who doesn’t remodel kitchens for a living. They have the experience to make things look good because that’s what their customer expect from them.
Travel For a Few Days
Realistically, your kitchen remodeling project will probably take about a month to finish. Even if you do everything you can to minimize the downtime, that’s how much longer it will take. And nothing can be done about it because anything that lasts long, and anything that you want to use for years (maybe even decades to come) will take a long time to build.
We recommend that you go traveling, or at least get out of town for a long weekend or even 5 days once the project is 2-3 weeks in.
Simple. You’ll start getting frustrated by seeing unknown people in your house everyday, not being able to use your kitchen and everything else that comes along with.
I want you to avoid that frustration in the first place, get out of town and then come back with refreshed energy to take this project head-on. That way, you know you won’t lose your mind trying to see this project through its end.
So, if you’re looking for one of the best kitchen remodeling contractors in the San Diego, CA area, give us a call!