Kitchen Project Order - What Happens When?
Whether you plan to do the remodeling of a kitchen yourself, hire some help or let professionals handle the entire project, it is important to understand the order in which the project will proceed. Knowing the order will help you to be well organized and to choose and order the products and materials for your kitchen in sufficient time.
It is not uncommon for a homeowner to hear from their contractor that this or that product decision is needed within twenty-four hours. A lot of stress comes from having to make fast decisions that you were not prepared for. By knowing what to expect and when, you can have the products ordered in sufficient time and be prepared for the decisions that must be made. All of this preparation leads to lower stress levels, helps keep the project on schedule and keep costs on budget.
Some product orders should be made well in advance of the time there are needed because production and delivery times can vary widely and unpredictably. If a product is not delivered by the time it is needed, a project will often come to a complete standstill. When your project goes off schedule, the contractors you had lined up for subsequent stages often can't just show up a day or two later than planned, they may have other projects and you may have to wait to get back onto their calendar. A cabinet delivered a day later than needed can knock a project off schedule by a week or two or more in some situations.
The following timeline is for a typical project, but it can vary by builder and community practices. It should be used as a general overview. It assumes a kitchen plan has already been drawn up and a contractor has been selected.
Kitchen complete and ready for use. Don't forget to file for any product rebates or energy savings rebates. Insulation and low-e windows along with other products may qualify for income tax deductions.