Learning to prioritize specific features or even entire rooms is critical to the success of your home remodel. Although your ideas may be limitless, your time, money, and resources likely aren’t. You’ll need to decide where to begin your house’s transformation into your dream home. For many people, remodeling their kitchen or their bathroom is the perfect first step. But how do you choose which room to begin with?
If you’re trying to decide between remodeling your kitchen versus remodeling your bathroom, Centennial Woodworking is here to help. Our team has helped many families in the Greater Lansing area get the kitchen or bathroom of their dreams with our custom cabinets and countertops.
Let’s take a look at a few questions you should ask yourself when deciding to remodel either your kitchen or your bathroom.
1. What Is Your Budget?
Your budget is a huge factor in your remodeling decisions. Make sure you have a clear idea of how much you’re willing to spend on this project. If your budget is big enough, you may be able to remodel both your kitchen and your bathroom one right after the other.
We would encourage you to do some research into just how far your budget will take you. Perhaps you can afford a bathroom remodel and few minor kitchen upgrades. Maybe a fresh coat of paint will help your bathroom last a few more years while you invest in new kitchen cabinets and countertops. However you decide to spend your money, it’s important to be honest about your budget so you can make smart choices for your home and your family.
2. Are You Planning to Resell?
Are you remodeling your home so your family can enjoy the benefits, or are you remodeling so you can immediately turn around and sell? If you’re planning to sell, you’ll need to take into account your remodel’s resale value in addition to its sticker price. That will help you determine where your money will get the best .
For example, in Lansing, you will probably recoup just over 40% of your costs for a mid-range kitchen remodel. However, for a minor kitchen remodel, you’ll likely recoup about 57% of your costs, in addition to spending less in the first place.
Spending more doesn’t always translate into a higher resale value. Make sure that if you’re planning to resell, you invest your money wisely in remodels that will increase the value of your property.
3. What Needs to Be Fixed?
Upgrading your kitchen or bathroom with fancy new appliances is great, but before you spend all of your budget on aesthetics, you should first determine if anything needs to be fixed.
How are your bathroom cabinets? Do they still open and close with ease, or has high humidity warped their doors?
How are your kitchen countertops? Are they strong and durable, or are they scorched, warped from high heat, or even falling apart?
Invest first in your existing problems. Then, move on to upgrades that could technically wait but would have a huge impact on your daily life if done now.
4. What Are Your Priorities?
We all have different thresholds for which minor inconveniences we can stomach versus which ones make us tear our hair out in frustration. There are thousands of opinions on which upgrades are best for a home, but what really matters is what’s best for you and your family. What would make your lives easier right now? What can you live with for another year or two—or five?
For example, let’s say your family is growing, and you need to transform your half-bath downstairs into a full-bath so your kids have a place to get ready in the morning. However, your kitchen is a little on the small side, which can be difficult for holidays but isn’t as big of a deal in your day-to-day lives.
In this case, a bigger bathroom would be a huge relief that would make your daily lives better. A bigger kitchen, on the other hand, would only be a small perk when your in-laws come to visit for Christmas. By evaluating your family’s needs, you can invest your money wisely in features and upgrades that help your lives go more smoothly.
Get Started on Your Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel
Our Greater Lansing, MI, custom remodeling contractors make quality cabinets and countertops for your kitchen or bathroom remodel. Call Centennial Woodworking today at (517) 449-9400, or contact us online to request a quote.