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Kitchen Remodel Checklist

Kitchen Remodel Checklist thumbnailWhether you’re cooking, entertaining or just hanging out, kitchens attract a crowd. Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to update the most popular room in the house. Remodeling also gives you an opportunity to make a return on your investment.

Use Mr. Handyman’s kitchen remodel checklist to make a plan and a budget for your newly designed space.

Kitchen Remodel Tips

A kitchen remodel can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint and new floors, or a complete transformation with new appliances, cabinets and more. No matter the route you choose, planning helps you avoid costly, or surprising setbacks and keeps the project on time and on budget.

While you’re planning your kitchen remodel, decide what bothers you about your current kitchen and how your new space will correct these flaws. Maybe you need more storage near the oven, or you’re tired of hearing the kids slamming the cabinets shut. (Look at soft-close hinges!)

  • Set a list of priorities and expectations.
    • What’s your big-picture goal: More space? Better design? Just new appliances?
    • When do you want the project to be finished?
  • Set a budget.
    • How much do you want to do: new appliances and more square footage, or just painted cabinets and a new fridge? Make the decision now before you start remodeling. Don’t forget budgeting for the little details, like the knobs on the new kitchen cabinets and dividers for new drawers.
  • Choose a color palette or design style.
    • Choose colors and materials that are cohesive with the design of the rest of the house.
  • Source your materials, appliances and permits.
    • Look into alternative, eco-friendly building materials and energy-efficient appliances.
    • Try and purchase as much as possible or at least know the specifics (like dimensions) of any appliance you’re installing.
  • Plan logistics.
    • Check shipping periods to make sure you can get all the materials in time.
    • Line up a contractor or, if you’re doing the work yourself, clear your schedule.
    • Will the remodel require enough tear-out that you’ll need to seal off other rooms from dust or noise?
    • Where will you cook your meals and eat during the remodel?
    • Educate yourself on the building codes.
  • Anticipate obstacles.
    • Can you reuse the old hood vent pipe?
    • Does the new oven use the same energy source?
    • Will you need to reroute gas lines?
    • Can the existing wiring be used?
    • Will the new oven or fridge fit through the doorways?
    • Do you have space in the garage or home to store materials and appliances until they’re installed?
  • Create a timeline.
    • Make a list that follows a logical timeline: Don’t order or replace cabinets until you know the dimensions of new appliances.
  • Get creative.
    • Think outside the box for a unique look: repurposed floors, glass pane cabinets, chalkboard paint walls and more!

Kitchen Remodel Costs and Considerations

Use the guide below to help you set a budget for your kitchen remodel. You may even find some inspiration for your new kitchen!

  • Cabinets $_____
  • Cabinet hardware $____
  • Sink $_____
  • Floor $_____
  • Appliances $_____
  • Faucet $_____
  • Cabinet knobs $_____
  • Backsplash $_____
  • Drywall and cement board $_____
  • Light fixtures $_____
  • Paint and primer $____
  • Exhaust fan $_____
  • Countertops $_____
  • Inspection/permit costs $____
  • Fixtures/furniture/decorations $_____

Total $_______

Since some of the items above require different installation adhesives or materials; speak to the employees at your local hardware store when purchasing some of the materials listed below:

  • Tile adhesive $_____
  • Drywall installation materials $_____
  • Caulk $_____
  • Ceiling texture $_____
  • Window and door trim $_____
  • Plumbing Fittings $_____

Total $_______

Luxury Kitchen Additions & Costs

Why not take your kitchen remodel one step further with some luxurious additions or technology? There are many options, and we’ve provided a few ideas below. How much will your favorite additions cost?

  • Soft-close hinges $____
  • Smart appliances $____
  • More space $____
  • Dimmer switches $____
  • High-end building materials $____
  • Touch on/off faucet $____
  • Kitchen island $____
  • Walk-in pantry $____
  • Trash compactor $____
  • Custom cabinets $____

Total $ _____

Professional Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, the opportunities are endless. With so many types of appliances, designs, paint colors and materials, making a decision can be overwhelming. Combine that with the logistics of doing the work yourself, and remodeling a kitchen becomes a full-time job.

Why not let our experts take care of all the work so you have time to design your new space? We’ll safely and professionally perform all the necessary tear-out, installation, and painting so you have time to shop for new appliances and cabinets.

Give us a call at 877.685.1377 or request an estimate online.