After months of adjusting to new ways of living after the COVID-19 lockdown, you may be looking for something new. Perhaps, more than ever, you’re interested in ways you can improve your home life?
If so, now may be the perfect time to remodel your kitchen.
Not only will a remodeling project give you a positive focus and a creative outlet, it’s also an opportunity to finally get a “change of scenery” – all without having to risk the current potential dangers of travel.
During COVID-19, the best and safest option for remodeling your home is a virtual design process. Many of the best and most worthwhile kitchen designers have found ways to adapt to the COVID-19 “new normal” by offering virtual design options – and many homeowners are finding they love the process, as it can make re-designing your kitchen more flexible (and sometime even more affordable!) than ever before.
If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are 4 tips to help make sure you get the best experience possible:
1) Pay attention to safety precautions
Until a vaccine is developed, there is a risk of transmitting the disease when you’re within physical proximity with strangers, so it’s important to take precautions to maintain social distancing.
You’ll want to work with your contractor or designer to make sure that appropriate distances will be maintained, and that there will be effective sanitation measures taken by anyone why may ultimately be entering your home.
Of course, now may be the best time to consider options like ready-to-assemble or pre-assembled kitchen cabinets. You can work with your designer 100% online and/or on the phone, and then ultimately do the installation with your team of family members.
Not only will it give you a new family activity to do together, you’ll minimize having to physically interact with strangers who might potentially be virus carriers.
2) Communication is key
Especially when you are working with a designer virtually, you want to pay special attention to communication.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much of our typical human communication is done through body language. While video and voice calls can help convey tone of voice and some facial expressions, it’s a good idea to be sure to double check and confirm that you understand and have been understood.
Specifically, you’ll want to make sure you have clarity on all the steps required in your remodeling process. You may even want to take notes and/or share by email to help make sure everyone is on the same page.
3) Ask for samples
One of the potential difficulties with virtual design is that a certain design choice may look great in pictures on your computer screen, but won’t be such a good fit in the physical reality of your kitchen.
Today, many designers and contractors will be happy to send you samples so that you can make a confident choice in colors and textures before committing your money.
4) Know your preferences
One of the best ways to ensure a positive outcome when getting a virtual design for your kitchen is to come to the process prepared and knowing your preferences.
Do you have a vision for the final result of your kitchen? Are there any specific aesthetic styles you want to incorporate? Are there any looks you want to be sure to avoid?
It can be worthwhile to spend some time browsing on sites like Houzz or Pinterest. You may even want to create a virtual vision board with your favorite images.
As you’re dreaming about the perfect kitchen, also take the time to seriously consider your budget. Chances are you may not be able to afford all your top choices, but if you know your priorities in advance, you’ll have smoother interactions with your virtual designer….and a higher likelihood of ending up with a new kitchen you love!
If you want to learn more about kitchen cabinet options, reach out to our team of Kitchen Designers here at RTA Wood Cabinets for a FREE kitchen design! You can get the process started by giving us a call at: 800-788-7575.