Kitchen Remodel for Functionality and Looks

Installation and repairs

Most home remodel projects are done with the purpose of improving the look of a room. However, remodel projects are a great time to test and improve the functionality of the room, as well. You do not want to complete your kitchen renovation, for example, to then have a problem with the plumbing in the kitchen. You may be required to completely tear everything out, making most of your remodel efforts pointless. When improving and remodeling rooms in the home like the kitchen and bathroom, it is beneficial to improve the appliances and to make any needed minor repairs, as well.

A lot goes into a kitchen remodel. You probably spend many months planning and picking out every small detail of the remodel. You probably have images saved of the color patterns and the specific new items that you will purchase for your new kitchen. What about the new sink or the new plumbing? What about the new appliances that are Energy Star and reduce your energy costs? You may have not considered these in your remodel plans.

Fixing minor problems in the kitchen can actually improve the functionality of the kitchen. Perhaps there has been a very small leak on the kitchen sink, since you moved into the home. You never paid much attention to it, but always wondered why your water bills were higher than your neighbors. A minor faucet leak can greatly increase the home?s water bills. 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. You may also notice a decrease in water pressure during showers, baths and washing cycles.

Other household tasks should also be completed during your kitchen remodel. Things like drain cleaning and minor kitchen sink repairs should be completed during this time. Many homeowners neglect the drain cleaning, which can lead to clogged drains, poor smells in the home and a growth of bacteria in the sink. Drain cleaning should be completed every few months, but many homeowners forget this important task.

In addition to things like drain cleaning and other minor home plumbing repairs, the kitchen remodel should include a device inspector. A device inspector can be beneficial in ensuring that all of the appliances and electricity are working properly. It can look for poorly wired electric cables and for poorly working appliances, like the dishwasher, stove and oven. It can notify homeowners when it is time to replace these appliances.

It may also be helpful to hire a professional plumber to inspect the plumbing in the kitchen. There is no easier time to inspect the plumbing in the kitchen than when everything is already torn apart. It is a great time to learn of any needed repairs or of any corrosion problems that may cause problems later on. A corroded pipe can lead to water leaks and other more serious of plumbing problems. The plumbing system in your home is composed of two separate subsystems. One subsystem brings freshwater in, and the other takes wastewater out. Both systems are very important to the overall plumbing of your home.

It is important to remember that a kitchen remodel that is completed properly and effectively is likely to provide the most return on investment. A minor kitchen remodel has an average return on investment (ROI) of 82.7%. This amount tends to be on the higher side when the entire kitchen is remodeled and when everything is done to code and professional contractor recommendation.

Kitchen remodels are often done for look, not functionality or home improvement. However, this is a great time to do necessary repairs and inspections to prevent problems later on down the road. The home should be inspected for plumbing problems, appliance problems and for minor water leaks and kitchen sink repairs. These necessary repairs, along with a full kitchen remodel are likely to provide you with the most return on investment in your kitchen remodel.

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