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Now you know the benefits of remodeling your kitchen how should you actually go about budgeting for your kitchen remodel in Asheville, Chattanooga or surrounding areas? Follow the 5 steps below to get started:

Step 1: Research thoroughly and have a good idea of what you want: You may want to leave the actual design aspect of the kitchen up to an expert, but you should still have an idea of the features you want your kitchen to have. Do you want an island in the middle? lf so, do you want the burners on the island or the sink? Do you want a breakfast bar? lt's these little ideas and smart storage ideas that you'll want to know before you start talking to a professional, even if you want to leave the actual design of the kitchen up to an expert. is the perfect place to do this research.

Step 2: Explore how you will finance the remodel: Do you have savings, or do you plan to take out a personal loan to pay for your remodel? Before you move fonrrrard and start your remodel, you should decide exactly how much you have to pay for it, and if necessary, apply for the loan. There's little point in reaching out to contractors and professionals or starting to dismantle cabinets until you have secured yourr financing.

Step 3: Set a strict budget: Once you know how much you can comfortably spend, set a limit and don't go over it. Make sure anyone you are working with understands your budget, even if you've got a great budget. lf you leave it as a loose number you are more likely to dig yourself into a money pit that takes much more than you were expecting to climb out of. lf possible, set aside 10-20% of your budget to build in some wiggle room into your budget. This will help cover any unexpected extra costs such as rewiring, plumbing, or floor issues you may discover when you start the remodel. The one thing you don't want to do is stretch yourself with your budget and leave yourself no room for error. If you don't know how much to budget, this article from Happy DIY Home may help.

Step 4: Plan (and budget) for how you'll live while the work is being done: Fortunately, a kitchen remodel isn't as disrupting as a bathroom remodel can be if you live in a small home, but you do need to plan for how you are going to eat for the duration of the remodel. Talk to any contractor you plan to work with and ask them what the maximum amount of time they think the remodel may take, and plan for how you will survive. Eating out for every meal may seem like fun, but it gets expensive fast. lf you have room for a freezer in the garage, you could purchase frozen meals to microwave, or prepare breakfast and lunch so you only have to eat out for dinner each day.

Step 5: Talk to contractors and professionals you are interested in working with: Once you know all of the above, you can start to shop around for the best contractor or kitchen remodeling company in Asheville and Chattanooga. Make sure you look at their past work, discuss your ideas with them, get quotes, and ask how soon they can start. Some may be booked up for months in advance, so you need to be prepared to wait if you want to work with a company who's in demand.

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