10 Crucial Mistakes You Could be Making Before Remodeling Your Kitchen (Must Read!)

TIP #1: Know what You Need to Remodel

First thing’s first:

So you just binged watched an entire season of your favorite HGTV show and you feel so inspired you want gut your whole house. You jump onto Pinterest and start repinning like a madwoman. Creating new boards, pinning, repinning.

You’re lost in a total design frenzy!

“Let’s remodel the main living area!! While we’re at it, let’s remodel ALL of the bathrooms too!” 

Look – I love the enthusiasm, but hold on, let’s take a deep breath and think this through.

The truth is it’s important to start with just one room.

More often than not, remodeling one space of the house can cause a desire to tackle all of your wishlist at once. Now, if you have an unlimited budget and can afford to live off property for several months as the house is being gutted, then keep repinning and quit reading, because this tip is not for you.

However if you are like most people and do not have an endless budget and will be living in your home during the remodel, try focusing on one area of the house first.

This will streamline the process for you, the professional you are working with and really everyone involved. Your team can concentrate on bidding out all aspects of the priority area first. That way the designer/contractor can focus and put the time and energy where it should bspent first. If the numbers for the project come in lower than you expected – hooray!!

Go ahead and roll your scroll out and start on the next area you want to tackle! 

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My Favorite HGTV Show

The other day, someone asked me: “What’s your favorite HGTV show to watch?”

I had to contemplate this for a minute. The truth is, I’ve been too busy remodeling my own client’s homes to watch someone else do it.

But, when I do find a moment to myself and an empty couch, I might find myself indulging in bit of “Love it or List it.”

love it

This show inspires me because a majority of the scenes focus on remodeling. And it’s no secret – remodeling is my absolute favorite part of the design process. New construction is fun and all, but seeing a space transformed to the point where it’s virtually unrecognizable is what really impresses me! I love the reveal at the end, and the friendly competition between the realtor and the designer is fun to watch.

How about you? Are you a Fixer Upper fanatic? A Flip or Flop fan? Let me know in the comments below what your favorite HGTV show is and why!