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The Nuts & Bolts of a Market Ready: Home Part 2
Sunday, October 15, 2017

The kitchen; it’s the place where family gathers and where memories are made.  Real Estate agents will tell you that one of the best ways to increase the value of your home is to have an updated kitchen.



Now that you have all the core elements of your home in pristine condition:  the roof is secure and sealed, the furnace is reliable and efficient, and the basement is sealed and dry, you may be considering a kitchen remodel to increase your home’s resale value.   An updated, energy efficient kitchen can definitely be an appealing selling point when marketing your home.  As you prepare to have the work done, understand that it is quite a process.  You will face a period of time where your house feels like it’s in shambles, but the end result is worth the comforts temporarily sacrificed.  Here’s a bird’s eye view of what you can anticipate through the process.




The kitchen is the central room to most homes; it tends to be occupied and utilized the most.  In preparation for a remodel, understand that the entire kitchen should be cleared out and considered inoperative during the course of construction.  If possible, you can create a makeshift kitchen in the basement or garage where you can store your refrigerator and maybe a microwave.  In order to expedite the process, have your cabinets and space completely cleared out before the contractors begin their work. 



Bless the Mess

Your kitchen remodel will be messy!!  As contractors rip out your old cabinets to make way for your new carefully selected kitchen cabinetry, there will be dust and debris.  The floor being ripped up and change will create dust and debris as well.  It isn’t a pretty process getting to the finished product, but it is necessary.  If possible, you may want to factor in a week or two stay at a hotel just to steer clear of the work zone and the hassle of navigating through the mess.




Inevitably, as much as you attempt to prepare and have your plan in place prior to the remodel, something will not go as anticipated.  The wrong product will be delivered, a package will be damaged, a contractor will fall ill, etc.  There will most likely be something that sets your timeline back or adjusts your budget in an unforeseen way.  Anticipate that this will happen, have a cushion built into your timeline and budget to accommodate the unexpected so it doesn’t create more stress in the moment.




Your lifeline to sanity through your kitchen remodel is your remodeling professional.  While the internet, friends, and family may have suggestions and ideas, your remodeling professional understands your game plan, goals and vision.  They communicate with you, as well as the contractors and are the glue that holds the project together.  They will escort you throughout the process.


Now that you know the nitty gritty of what to expect, you can start the process.  Let Midwest Property Pros help you through the process of your kitchen remodel, contact us today at 513-488-1000.



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