A major kitchen remodel is a huge undertaking and investment. It can be disruptive and stressful, but if you hire the right general contractor, your large-scale renovation can go a lot smoother and have better results. London Renovations is a full-service renovation company. We specialize in kitchen renovations and share some dos and don’ts of successful kitchen renovations:

DON’T try to be your own general contractor.

A general contractor is responsible for managing the entire project. That includes sourcing materials and trades within a set budget, hiring and managing all the trades like electricians, plumbers and painters, obtaining permits and making sure everything runs on schedule. This job is very time consuming and you need to enlist the knowledge and expertise of an experienced professional.

DO hire the right general contractor.

There are a lot of ‘renovators’ out there. Avoid getting ripped off or getting poor results by carefully vetting the contractor you choose to work on your home.

DON’T pay for the entire renovation in advance.

A reputable renovation company will not expect you to pay for the entire kitchen remodel upfront. Though they might require a deposit on the job, any contractor that demands all the money before the work is done should not be trusted.

DO make sure you have a goal and a plan.

When working with a contractor, you’ll have a design plan worked out for your kitchen renovation. This will include all the things on your wish-list and the details of the project. Having a final goal and a plan to get there will make sure you end up with a kitchen that meets and exceeds expectations.

DON’T settle for a box-store, cookie cutter kitchen.

If you have big dreams for your kitchen, talk to your design team about how you can make that happen! If you’re planning on staying in your home for a while, you should invest in the kitchen you want and that will best suit your needs – not a cookie cutter kitchen from a box store. Professional designers can make sure that all the things you want in your kitchen can be realized and that all the upgrades will add value and marketability to your home just in case you decide to sell.

DO make up your mind on things before the work begins.

It’s not uncommon for you to change your mind on something during the construction phases of your kitchen renovation, but too much indecisiveness can be time consuming for the workers and costly to you. Be sure about things like backsplash, countertops and cabinets. Once they’re built and in your kitchen, having to redo those things is going to be very expensive, can cause you to go over budget and create major time delays for your projects completion.

DON’T stress out about permits and inspections.

When you hire a professional renovation company, they will make sure that everything is built to specifications and current building code. They will obtain all the necessary permits for your project and ensure that every stage is inspected before moving on.

DO enjoy your new kitchen!

Once the job is done, you’ll be able to enjoy your remodeled space. You can add more personal touches with your own décor and start using your kitchen. From preparing and eating meals, spending time as a family, socializing, entertaining and relaxing – your renovated kitchen will become the heart of your home.