Getting things done on time

Getting things done in the right order is the biggest challenge in a renovation.  There is a certain order when things have to be done, and if you don’t have all of your finishes ordered in time, construction comes to a screeching halt.

The most important things you have to have picked first are the plumbing fixtures and the electrical fixtures.  That means you have to pick your faucets and lighting fixtures first!  The reason for this is that you have to have everything ready for the electrical and plumbing rough in.  Think about it.  When the guys come to do your kitchen, they have to tear out the old cabinets, and then they open the walls to move plumbing and electrical.  They have to have everything that goes in the wall.  Then they patch the walls.

Cabinets can take from four to six weeks to come in.  So that decision has to be made early on in the process as well.  Cabinets and counters can be a hard decision for people to make.  A faucet is relatively easy.  You are spending from around $200 to $700 on a faucet.  It’s not a ton of money relative to the cabinet costs.  Also, it’s pretty easy to change it in a few years if you get tired of oil rubbed bronze and you want chrome instead.  Most people feel like cabinets are a permanent decision and that they will only renovate their kitchen once.  This can paralyze people with indecision when it comes to choosing cabinets and counters.  They are afraid that they will make the wrong decision and hate it.  For me personally, I think that changing counters is much easier than changing cabinets.  I did my kitchen eight years ago with granite, and I am really itching for a change.  I wish I could do it right now, but  I’ve got about six or seven home repairs that need to be done first.  A girl can dream though!

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