Who doesn’t want a state-of-the-art kitchen? After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is why people are often more than willing to take out loans to remodel their kitchen.
According to DirectAxis, home renovations are among the top reasons people take out loans. Ensuring that you get the best value for money and that the finished kitchen meets your expectations is therefore of the utmost importance.
It’s a good idea to know what to expect when it comes to committing or applying for a loan to renovate your kitchen.
Nozizwe Fakude, DirectAxis‘ the consumer rights manager says that means being realistic and aligning your preferences with what you can afford.
Here are some tips for remodeling your kitchen without too much drama:
Kitchen Needs Above Fancy Finishes
Fakude says you should consider your kitchen needs first, rather than fancy finishes or the latest trends.
“For example, if you like to cook, have a large family and do your own cleaning, you may need a spacious, practical and easy to clean kitchen rather than a high-end and flashy show kitchen. which shows every grain of earth. »
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Finding a happy medium between taste, trend and budget
According to the Kitchen Specialists’ Association (KSA), a non-profit organization that represents 274 reputable kitchen manufacturers and suppliers, a major source of conflict between customers and kitchen companies arises when the customer’s tastes and budget don’t match. not.
“Many consumers choose pictures from magazines or Pinterest and tell the kitchen designer that this is their dream kitchen. But the reality is that some budgets don’t lend themselves to certain trends or finishes and this can inevitably lead to compromise and disappointment,” says Stephanie Forbes, National Coordinator for KSA.
She suggests that you write a memoir before your visit to a kitchen company, which will focus your mind and save you time by giving the designer an understanding of what you want.
The brief should include your budget and explain why you are undertaking the renovation and what the goal is.
Are you considering an economical facelift or do you want to completely redo a 20-year-old kitchen?
What kind of food do you like to cook? Do you have a lot of fun? How does cooking fit into family life?
Once you get to the point of remodeling, here are some tips for a hassle-free project:
- Make alternate dining arrangements. While your kitchen is busy being remodeled, expect to be doing a lot more grilling or eating a lot more microwave or take-out food.
- Stick to the budget. Upgrades and fancy accessories are surefire budget breakers.
- Communicate. Keep in touch with the designer and contractors and don’t be afraid to ask questions about why they made certain recommendations or did things a certain way. Remember that you have to live with the kitchen long after it’s gone.
- There will be challenges. Accept that any project like this comes with challenges. Not having a kitchen during the works is disruptive and can lead to tensions in the household. Try to anticipate them and avoid them by offering alternative places to make tea or coffee or by setting up somewhere else for the children to do their homework.
- Make sure the job is done properly. Create a list of issues and make sure everything is done before you sign off on your new kitchen and make the final payment. You can find a checklist on the KSA website.
“Kitchens are complex because they involve multiple steps and various trades need to be involved,” says Fakude. Could it be that applying for a loan is the easiest step in the kitchen renovation process?