Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on HomeGuide.
How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen?
A kitchen remodel costs$100 to $250 per square foot or from $12,800 to $21,200 total on average. The cost of kitchen renovation depends on the size of the area, the quality of materials and appliances, and if the layout or location of plumbing changes.
How long does a kitchen remodel take?
Remodeling a kitchen takes 4 to 8 weeks on average. Custom kitchen renovation projects that include structural changes, removing or moving walls, or changing the floor plan take up to 12 weeks to finish.
What's included in a kitchen remodel?
Kitchen remodeling companies may install new appliances, a sink, countertops, cabinets, flooring, fixtures, an island, lighting, and painting the walls. Custom kitchen remodeling contractors can change the floor plan, knock down walls, and move plumbing and fixtures to a new location.
How to start a kitchen remodel?
Here are the steps to start your kitchen remodeling project:
Set a budget.
Determine the layout and where everything will go.
Once everything is in place, decide on the materials, appliances, colors, and overall kitchen design.
Next, research and contact multiple kitchen remodelers in your area.
Compare at least three free estimates, verify their licensing and insurance, ask questions, check out their reviews, and hire the best contractor.
How to save money on a kitchen renovation?
To save money on kitchen remodeling, be sure to:
Avoid changing the floor plan and moving the existing plumbing or electrical.
Consider resurfacing or repainting the kitchen cabinets instead of installing new ones.
Complete the kitchen renovation in stages to save on upfront costs.
Get at least three estimates from kitchen and bath remodelers in your area to find the best price.
Does a kitchen remodel increase home value?
A kitchen remodel increases home value with a 60% to 80% return on investment (ROI) when you sell your home. Small kitchen renovations tend to provide a higher ROI than large upscale remodels.
How to choose a kitchen remodeling contractor?
Start by searching our list of kitchen remodeling companies near you. After researching and contacting potential candidates:
Get at least three in-person house renovation quotes to compare.
Verify their license, insurance, worker’s compensation, and bond guarantees.
Read reviews and check out their previous work on HomeGuide and Google.
Ask what remodeling services they specialize in or provide.
Ask about their warranties and guarantees.
Ask for a full itemized contract in writing in case of a dispute.
Discuss scheduling and how long the project will take
Avoid making large payments upfront. Come up with a payment schedule for work completed.
What questions should I ask kitchen remodeling companies before hiring?
When looking for kitchen contractors near you, ask them the following questions:
How long have you been in the kitchen and bath remodeling business?
How many similar projects have you completed?
What do your services include?
Can I see a portfolio of your past remodeling jobs?
Do you offer kitchen design services or 3D modeling?
Can you provide me with references?
Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?
Who's the project manager, and will you use subcontractors?
How do you handle damages that happen on the job?
What qualities do you look for in subcontractors?
What hours do you and your crew work?
What permits do I need, and will you obtain them?
When can you start, and when will you finish?
What does your warranty policy include?
What is your policy for change orders?
Can you provide me a written estimate or contract with a breakdown of all costs?
What’s your payment schedule?
What do I need to provide to get started?
Reviews for Rockville kitchen remodelers
Recent success stories from people in the Rockville area.
INTERIOR DESIGN: "Karen worked with us until she understood our likes and dislikes. She provided awesome ideas that truly made our house our home and an expression of who we are."
Karen McCooey Studios
Emington and his crew with Home Improvement were a pleasure to work with.
And I want to start off by saying this house was in very bad shape. It might have been easier to knock this house down and rebuild.
Home Improvement were professional with respect for the persons living in the house and neighbors that surrounded the area.
Ermington’s crew works as a unit. The first time we met, Home Improvement gave me an estimate and the second time we met we discussed the details of the estimate.
I was absolutely positive this house didn’t need a new roof. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In a blink of an eye the 4 men who came with Emington were grabbing their ladders and were now in the attic and on the roof of my house. As we talked Emington’s crew was sending him photos of the attic and roof damage. As we moved forward, I was blissfully unaware of what I wanted in colors and styles. Emington told me to drive around the neighborhood and look at siding and roof colors. Extremely good advice. I told him what I saw and from there he suggested what colors would complement each other.
His crew replaced the roof first. There was no screaming or cross talking from the crew for the roof replacement. The siding was next. Same crew, same results. Excellent work and respectful. I noticed they paid attention to splices with the siding. Everything looked even with no gaps. The windows were next along with the air conditioning.
The perfect plan was to bring each company to me for each project. Pella came in for the windows and showed me styles, designs, etc.… I never had to run around looking for what I wanted. There was no sales pitch and no one talked me into an upgrade. This also applied to the air conditioning.
There was a timeline but because I worked in an environment where my clients always need a ship date, I was already prepared for delays and wrong products. I can assure you mistakes will happen to delay projects that are totally out of the contractor’s hands. But with Home Improvement, Emington took control and followed up on the issue right away. He would send me emails and updates. This was very much appreciated. There was also an emergency with my family and we had to put the entire project on hold for 30 days. Emington understood and he never gave me a hard time nor did he up charge me for lost time.
Home Improvement and Emington and crew were very easy to work with. If I wanted to make a change, they would tell me honestly if that change would affect another room or if the cost was so far out of range I would decline. The crew was polite respectful, no cussing and they cleaned up after themselves. Emington’s crew also did little things to help us out. Took the battered trash cans and got rid of them for us, accepted delivers and so on. These things add up and, in the end, saves you time.
At the moment, I decided to hire Emington and crew from Home Improvement to build a screened in back porch. My decision was based on his work and the art of his craft.
I highly recommend Home Improvement as one of the best contractors I have ever worked with.
This was not my first rodeo with a construction company to turn a house into home. This site was the first time I worked with a structure in ruin and Home Improvements turned it into a home. My highest recommendations go to Home Improvement, Emington and Crew.
Home Improvements LLC
Crew did a very nice job in a very timely manner. Cleanup was good and the job looks really nice.
Very professional. I had to get a kitchen counter remodeled quickly between closing and moving in to not disrupt my family. Tes Design was able to source the material and perform the installation in 2 days and did an excellent job for a very fair price. I'd call them again for a future project.
I just wanted to extend my sincerest satisfaction to your company. From the beginning, your manager John provided an awesome demonstration of the quality windows you provide. The Capital Remodeling Inc. installers were superb and very prompt. They installed 8 windows in my residence on time and the quality of the workmanship they provided significantly enhanced my house. Lastly, the follow up courtesy call was very considerate and helpful. She ensured I had no issues with any aspect of the job and the quality of the windows. Again, please accept my deepest appreciation for a job well done to your employees. Great job Capital Remodeling Inc.
Capital Remodeling, INC.
Steve Myers handled 4 big projects for us, starting back in 2003, and all have been excellent. In 2003, he completely gutted and redid our kitchen for us. We were very pleased with the result then, and are still pleased with it today. Although we've had to replace several of the appliances over the intervening years, everything Steve did has held up very well and we still enjoy our beautiful and well-designed kitchen. After that, he gutted and redid our den (had been old dark wood paneling) including refacing the fireplace and adding built ins, and redid our basement rec room to make it "teen friendly," again including adding nice wood built ins (plus a kitchenette area). We are still enjoying both of those re-done rooms. Most recently, Steve built us a wonderful screen porch. This project involved re-configuring our laundry room (so you don't have to walk through it) and adding on a new porch that fits beautifully with the exterior of our house and landscaping. We have very much enjoyed eating meals and spending time on the porch for 3 seasons of the year. Steve has been easy to work with, excellent to consult with as we've planned our projects, and he has done high quality work.
Myers Custom Design Build Inc
Mark was a pleasure to work with. When he arrived he was professional, thorough and knowledgeable. His installers were courteous, efficient and timely. The estimate Mark provided was upfront, honest and no hidden costs! Our countertops and backsplash look fantastic. Ideal Stone does excellent work and provides great customer service. We would highly recommend them.
Ideal Stone LLC
An excellent experience on excavation and concrete pour and finish of a foundation and slab for a carport / garage. They followed my plans and worked with me on recommendations and solutions to grading conditions. John and his crew were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with them again!
Kalyx Green Design & Build
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