Too Much Misinformation Makes for Unrealistic Expectations
How much will it cost to renovate a kitchen?,” is the number one question we are asked by visitors to our showroom. It is a difficult question to answer because the cost of a kitchen remodel depends on a number of unknowns.Unknowns are one of the reasons why many homeowners have a difficult time determining on their own the cost of a kitchen remodel, or the information that they have gathered independently may not be complete or accurate. This is due to the fact that there is so much misinformation on the Internet that it’s almost impossible to match goals with resources realistically without the assistance of a kitchen professional. You can go online and one “expert” claims that the average price of a kitchen remodel is $21,000 and another “expert” will write that the average cost of a mid-range renovation is $63,000 while a third will tell you that an upscale full renovation will be around $125,000. Compounding the misinformation problem are reality television shows that generally do not account for the cost of labor in their budget estimates and have timetables that are only achievable on reality television. As a result, many homeowners have expectations based on unreliable and unrealistic information by the time they enter the showroom. If you are scratching your head, you are not alone.
Equally misleading are percentage estimates for different product categories that abound online such as 30 percent of the cost of a new kitchens is cabinetry. The cost of cabinetry and the percentage of a budget it represents is determined by multiple factors. There are too many variables to use online resources to estimate product and project costs. It is similar to trying to estimate the cost of a new car without knowing the model, the make and special features.
Too much information is another challenge facing many of our clients that want to build a new kitchen or bath. If you search on Houzz.com for a new farmhouse sink, for example, more than 77,000 options are presented. Which one will work best for your needs? That depends again on a number of factors that are not readily known.
We create value for our customers by knowing the right questions to ask to determine needs, wants and desires. If you would like to take advantage of our expertise to make your new kitchen or bath exceed your expectations, please give us a call at 903-448-9700 or visit our showroom at 105 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH.