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Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes: What To Avoid

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Avoiding Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes

Kitchen remodeling is a daunting task that requires planning, time, and money. It can be difficult to know what mistakes to avoid when you are embarking on such an undertaking. 

The good news is that with the right research, preparation, and guidance, you can avoid some of the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes. Let’s take a look at some of these pitfalls so you can make sure your kitchen remodel goes as smoothly as possible.

mistake #1: Hiring the Wrong Contractor 

The most important decision you will make in regard to your kitchen remodel is who you hire for the job. Do not just go with the cheapest contractor—a cheap price tag could end up costing more in the long run if they do not complete the job correctly.

Do your research and read reviews carefully before you commit to anyone. Be sure to get multiple bids and ask lots of questions so that whoever you choose thoroughly understands your project goals.

mistake #2: Not Having a Budget

Another mistake people often make when it comes to kitchen remodeling is not having a budget in place prior to starting the project.

Before beginning any renovation work, it is important to have an idea of what materials and labor will cost so that you can plan accordingly. It is also important to remember that unexpected costs are bound to arise during major renovations like these—be sure to set aside 10-15% of your total budget for potential contingencies!

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mistake #3: Underestimating the Cost

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when remodeling their kitchen is underestimating the cost. It’s important to remember that even small renovations require materials and labor, and both come with a price tag.

Start by setting aside a budget for your remodel and stick to it as much as possible. Be sure to include funds for unexpected expenses such as damage repair or extra materials so that you don’t get stuck paying out of pocket down the line.

mistake #4: Not Doing Your Research

Proper research before starting on a kitchen remodel project is essential. You need to understand all of the steps involved in the process, from demolition to installation, so that you can plan accordingly and account for any potential problems along the way.

Researching ahead of time will also help you determine which materials are best for your project—and more importantly—which materials are within your budget.

mistake #5: Not Measuring Carefully Enough

Before you purchase any new appliances or cabinets, make sure you measure your space several times. Have someone help you take accurate measurements; it’s easy to overlook something when doing it alone.

Also, don’t forget about electrical outlets and water lines. It’s essential that any new appliances or fixtures fit properly so that they don’t need to be replaced down the road.

mistake #6: Not Taking Out Permits

If you’re hiring professionals for your kitchen remodel, make sure they have all the necessary permits from the city or county. Not taking out permits can lead to fines and other legal issues down the road if an inspector decides to come by for a surprise visit. Asking for proof of their required licenses and permits is always a smart move before signing any contracts or paying anyone up front.

mistake #7: Ignoring Lighting

Lighting is often overlooked during kitchen remodels, but it’s one of the most important features of any room in a home.

You’ll want ample lighting over countertops and islands and additional light fixtures such as pendant lights over breakfast bars or cabinets with built-in lighting features like under-cabinet LED strips.

Make sure your contractor takes lighting into account when working on your kitchen remodel; this will ensure that you have enough light and that it looks great too!

Large kitchen with plenty of lighting fixtures both recessed and overhang
Night undercabinet lighting in kitchen

mistake #8: Ignoring Your Electrical System

It may be tempting to ignore your wiring system during a kitchen renovation since bigger, flashier pieces like cabinets or countertops draw attention away from wiring issues; however, this can be costly if something goes wrong after the fact!

Make sure all electrical systems are up-to-date before beginning any other aspects of your renovation project or else risk safety hazards down the line.


Kitchen remodels can be a fun and rewarding experience, but they can also be a lot of work. Keep these eight tips in mind during your planning process to avoid any stressful surprises along the way.

And if you need help with anything from appliance selection to budgeting to ensuring everything about your kitchen remodel is up to code, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help make your dream kitchen a reality. Call us at (865) 801-4545 and let’s talk about what you want your kitchen to be.