4 Kitchen Projects You Don’t Want To Put Off

4 kitchen projects you don't want to put off As you head into the new year, you might start wondering what kitchen projects to tackle. Here are a few that should definitely make your list.

1. Electrical Wiring

Nobody wants to spend money on things that you can’t see. Which is why electrical wiring often gets relegated to the bottom of the kitchen projects list. But electrical wiring is important to focus on. If you live in an older home, have an electrical inspector come in to test the wiring. You could have old wiring or even insufficient wiring. If the previous home owner did a lot of DIY projects, your electrical may not even be up to code.

The result of poor wiring could be as simple as the inconvenience of a blown fuse. Or it could be as dangerous as a fire. The problem is that you don’t know what is going on with your wiring until a problem emerges. Take preventative action and move it to the top of your kitchen projects list.

2. Upgrading Appliances

Kitchen appliances are expensive, and it can be financially difficult to replace them. But if you are running an inefficient refrigerator, you can actually save money with a new appliance. By investing in Energy Star appliances, you will start seeing the savings on your electrical bill immediately. Some utility companies also offer rebates if you upgrade appliances, so you could also save that way. The point is that while the initial price tag may seem high, a new refrigerator or stove might actually be in your budget.

3. Kitchen Countertops

Countertops should be at the top of any kitchen projects list. They will be one of your major purchases, but the impact that they have will make it worth it. In fact, you could get away by cutting a few corners on other projects if your countertops make a big enough splash. There are many types of countertops to choose from, so having an expert opinion is a good idea. A quick consult with a professional will give you a feel for what will work with your existing décor and will open your eyes to many new and exciting types of designs.

4. Lighting

Lighting can seem like a small matter, but it can actually make a big difference in your home. Poor lighting can make even the best kitchens seem dim and dingy. It can also lead to inadequate light over workspaces, making your kitchen less efficient. Before you make your first purchase, though, take a few days to track and map out the paths you make in a kitchen. Then, be sure to plan lighting that will work for your usage. Mix up one or two focal lights with smaller track lighting and accent lighting. If you are replacing a light over the kitchen table, look for a dimmable light to help alter the mood.If you are on a budget but want to start on your kitchen projects, look for lighting to give you a quick, affordable boost.

Top Questions to Ask Your Kitchen Contractor

Top Questions to Ask Your Kitchen ContractorIf you’ve never hired a kitchen contractor before, you may not know what the important questions to ask are.  Judging by online reviews or websites is a great starting point, but you should take advantage of consultations and face-to-face meetings with your contractor to ask key questions and learn more about them and their work.  Here are a few important questions to ask:

Are You A BBB Member?

A BBB Accredited Business Profile implies trust, honesty, transparency and integrity for a wide range of businesses, including contractors.  Top-quality businesses will have a BBB membership in good standing, without unresolved issues.

How Many Kitchens Have You Completed?

The more experience your contractor has, the better.  How long have they been in business, and how busy have they been?

Can You Provide References?

And not just any references – prefer recent and local references. The good work your company did in 1995 is less relevant to your needs today than someone they worked with last month.

Do You Manufacture and Install Your Own Products?

An in-house staff who can create custom stuff for you will save you money in the long run.  The best contractors will have on-site construction and a good relationship with vendors to source supplies from elsewhere.

Do They Have Staff On-Hand to Answer Questions?

If questions, concerns or complications come up during your kitchen remodel, you want to be able to communicate quickly and effectively with your contractor.  You want to make sure you get expert answers in a timely manner.

Can You Guarantee a Start Date?

Your life and schedule are very important – to the extent possible, contractors should work around your schedule, rather than vice-versa.

Are Your Installers Certified?

Installers are generally the ones doing the final work – installing flooring, cabinetry and appliances.  You want to ensure that they’re certified, so they have the proper education, training and experience needed to do the job properly.