We want to remodel our kitchen with our tax refund. Our ideas include new flooring, paint, new cupboards/cabinets, new countertop and adding a dishwasher to a house that has never had one. And venting our stove outside instead of using our hood that rotates air.
We have an appointment with a kitchen/bath place who has a package for $4k that includes cabinets, countertops, appliances (stove, fridge, dishwasher, vented hood, microwave, faucets, sink).
Problem is, we don't want just that package. We want flooring and paint, which is not included in the package. We don't necessarily want new appliances, except for the dishwasher and disposal. Our sink and faucet are relatively new, we'll keep them.
Our kitchen is very small. I think with this package we're considering we can pick and choose a few things and possibly remove items we don't want from there (such as sink/faucet, fridge, stove) to lower our cost. We have an appointment on Thursday to see them.
then my next thought is we'll buy the supplies and hire a handyman to do the painting and flooring, because I'm pregnant and can't paint and my husband doesnt want to do the work (and we'd like it done all at once instead of bits and pieces here or there which we're bound to experience if we did it on our own with 4 kids!)
I will also need to check reviews on the appliances included in the package, and the cabinets, to see if they'll even hold up to all the use a small kitchen will experience in a large family. And see if they'll give me a price breakdown for each item to see if I can't find it myself cheaper and maybe just hire them to install everything (thy offer that option, too).
We've never redone a kitchen. What should I look for during the appointment, what are red flags to consider with hiring a company to do the work? How can we make this cheaper w/o diy?