How to Update Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank
Is your kitchen looking a touch old? A little outdated maybe? The kitchen is a hub, one around which daily life at home revolves, which means that there’s not only a lot more wear and tear going to occur here but also that all homeowners are given greater impetus to focus on the kitchen over other areas around the home when making home improvements. If you’ve come to realise that it’s about time you updated the kitchen but don’t have much to spend on a long overdue kitchen reno project, the following tips may be just what you need to give your kitchen the attention it deserves.
Give It That Long Overdue Clean
It’s remarkable what you may discover beneath all that dust and grime! If it’s been some time since your kitchen received the spring cleaning it deserves, the first step to updating it is to give it a thorough clean. For those who are unsure where to start, source a good kitchen cleaning checklist online, print it out and get into it! While you’re busy scrubbing away at all that caked-on grime that gets more difficult to remove the longer it’s left, take a few notes of the condition of your kitchen.
When cleaning the kitchen appliances, take note of any areas that have been damaged or need attention. For example, you should check the lights in the oven, switch on the burners on the stove that you don’t often use to make sure they’re still working and inspect the seals on the refrigerator and freezer doors, among other areas.
After you’ve removed everything from the cupboards and pantry and you’re washing away all the dust that has accumulated on the shelves, check for any areas that need attention. For example, insect infestations like termites and evidence of cockroaches, as well as lining that has come away and needs to be glued back into place.
The area beneath the sink is often overlooked but it’s an area that does need to be checked. There could be a leak beneath the sink and faucet that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed or you may find that the sealing has come away and needs to be reapplied. Water damage can be costly to repair, so give this important area a good check to be on the safe side.
Giving your kitchen a thorough clean will help you to gain a good understanding of what you need to do next to update your kitchen and make it worthy of being a hub around which your family’s daily life at home will revolve. Even large kitchens won’t take that long to clean (the more people helping the quicker the job will get done), so set a date to give it a systematic clean and stick to the plan!
Have Your Kitchen Appliances Inspected
Now that your dishwasher, refrigerator, oven and stove are sparkling clean and you no longer need to be embarrassed about the condition they were previously in, you can confidently call a local appliance repair company and have a specialist inspect your kitchen appliances, looking for any areas that may need repairs and offering you advice on which major appliances need to be replaced.
Naturally, if your kitchen appliances are quite new they won’t need to be upgraded just yet, though you may find that there are problems waiting to happen that you wouldn’t know about unless an expert thoroughly inspects each appliance with the aim of ensuring they’re working as they should.
Don’t rush to call a local appliance repair specialist unless you already know one that you can confidently rely on to do a professional job. As Thomson Local provide a list of appliance repair companies across the UK, you’ll find it easy to source a few service providers in your local area so that you can compare their rates and the suitability of their services.
It’s always a good idea to make sure that they have experience in repairing your brand. This is because they will have hands-on experience with that particular make and model, they should have spare parts on hand and they should also have a relationship with a nearby service centre, which means they can get any other parts and components required quickly.
Don’t overlook the importance of ensuring that they can manage all your appliance repair and maintenance needs, now as well as in the future. By making sure they can repair any other appliances in your home at a later date you’ll know who to call the next time you have need of their expertise. It’s always good to have a phone number in case of emergencies.
In addition to using a leading business directory to search for suitable service providers in your area, ask family and friends for referrals as someone you know may have had an appliance repaired by a local appliance repair company and were impressed with the service they received. Nevertheless, business directories are still a great way to source service providers because you can quickly compare the services they offer and judge their customer service standards by the customer ratings they’ve been given, plus you’ll find a list of companies in your local area all on the one web page!
Planning the Upgrade Project
Now that you’ve cleaned your kitchen and had the appliances professionally inspected so that you know what needs to be repaired and what needs to be replaced, you can start planning your kitchen upgrade project. Depending on what needs to be done and the budget that you have to work with, you may find that you can have all the required work carried out at once or you may find that you need to stagger the project over the next few months, for example, having your appliances repaired this month and the kitchen cabinets and cupboards replaced the following month.
However you choose to go about it, you’re sure to find the benefits far outweigh the effort involved as the kitchen truly is the heart of any home and a place that brings families closer together.