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When Is the Right Time for a Kitchen Renovation? 

You never considered renovating your kitchen. But you can't stop watching kitchen remodels on television shows. You see drab kitchens turn into beautiful masterpieces and wish that transformation could happen to your kitchen.

Is it your turn for a kitchen remodel? Is the cost worth it? Here are five reasons why you should remodel your kitchen as soon as possible.

1. You Need More Space

Get your kitchen remodelled if there's just not enough room for your family. Perhaps your family is growing and there's no longer space for all your children to sit at the island for breakfast. Or maybe you like to invite guests over for dinner, but they just can't seem to squeeze into the kitchen.

Perhaps you don't have enough room to cook. As you prepare meals, do you constantly run out of counter space? If so, talk to a renovation professional. He or she can discuss how you can maximise your space. He or she may suggest raising ceilings or removing walls to create an open floor plan. Changing your kitchen's layout and increasing counter space can also improve your kitchen.

2. You Want a Better Cooking Experience

As a cooking enthusiast, you spend many hours in your kitchen. But those hours joy can turn into hours of frustration when your kitchen can't meet your needs.

Remodelling can improve your cooking experience. By adding new cabinets, you'll have more room to store your spices and cooking supplies. By updating your cooking range, you'll have a faster and more enjoyable to cook. And by adding an outdoor alfresco area, you'll create a dream space where you can cook and eat in the fresh air.

3. You Plan on Selling Your Home

It may seem counter-intuitive to remodel your home if you're planning on moving. But renovating can significantly increase your home's selling price. Realestate.com.au predicts that renovating can add up to 10% to your home's value.

However, don't spend more than 5% of your home's price on renovations. If you overspend, there's no guarantee that your home's increased selling price will make up for what you spent on renovating. Avoiding overspending is especially important if you're moving soon and won't get to enjoy your new kitchen. 

4. You Have Safety Concerns

An older kitchen may present safety hazards, especially for young children. For example, you may have sharp-cornered countertops at the exact right height for your children to hit their heads. Cracked flooring tiles could present a slip-and-fall hazard, and aged cooking ranges could pose a fire hazard. A professional can help you choose contemporary, safe appliances to add to your kitchen.

5. You Want to Improve Energy Efficiency

Choosing energy-efficient appliances isn't just good for the environment-it can also help you save money on utility bills. If your disposal, dishwasher or refrigerator is reaching the end of its lifespan, ask a renovation specialist to help you choose more energy-efficient appliances.

How Long Does a Renovation Take?

Renovating a kitchen is no easy task. The amount of time it takes depends on the extent of your renovations. Typically, it takes between 12 and 14 weeks for a full renovation.

Some of the most common renovation choices include:

  • Restructuring room layout (such as raising ceilings or creating an open kitchen)
  • New cooktop and oven
  • Outdoor alfresco addition
  • New flooring
  • New countertops
  • New cabinets
  • New kitchen island
  • Connecting water supply to refrigerator

If you're not sure what type of renovation you need, talk to a kitchen renovation specialist. He or she can give you a better idea of what to expect. In just a few months, you can cook, eat, gather and entertain in your beautiful new kitchen.

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