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Steps to Remodeling Your Kitchen

Whether we just helped you purchase your new home in Del Cerro or you want to sell your home in South Park for a higher price, remodeling your kitchen can help you increase the value of your home or simply just help increase the aesthetics of your home. Kitchen remodels are always a great investment and can make a huge difference in your home. Below are the steps you should consider when you have decided you want to remodel your kitchen. Whether you want to remodel it yourself or have someone do it for you, knowing the steps to remodeling your kitchen can help you through the budgeting, design, and process of it all.

The “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reported the total median cost for a complete renovation for a 210 square-foot kitchen is around $60,000. If you can’t afford to remodel the entire kitchen at once, do it in five budget-saving stages. If you have just purchased a house or thinking of moving to a fixer-upper, you can request an extended mortgage that will cover the costs of the renovation.

Stage One: Complete Design Plan

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Stage one is the definitely one of the most fun aspects when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. This is where you get to plan out everything that’s going to happen to your kitchen. This includes knocking down necessary walls, the location of everything in your kitchen, potential electrical and plumbing work, cabinets, lighting fixtures, sinks, appliances, colors, everything!

There are a few ways you can go about designing your new kitchen, if you’re a do it yourself and have an eye for design, you can scroll through kitchens on the internet that you like to start creating your ideal kitchen. You can also head over to Ikea and walk through their maze of kitchens to get ideas. If you are more hands-off, consider hiring a certified kitchen designer, architect or contractor to tackle the project.  If you use a professional, you should expect to spend about 10{297c5c6b3ea17e3fbdea31491536c8876720203ac47d87d9888529190191d255} more on top of the total project costs. You can also seek professional remodeling help from major home improvement stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and Ikea.

Cost: Professional Designer: About $5,800

Strategy: All plans are set for the remodel. Can begin the work when you’re ready.

Time Frame:  3 – 6 Months

Stage Two: Order Appliances, Cabinets, Lighting Fixtures and Flooring

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The biggest cost of your kitchen remodel is the cabinets and appliances. It may take four to six weeks for the cabinets to be delivered and if you want to have them laying around until you are ready to install them, that is also an option. If your current appliances are still functional and you are happy with them, then don’t waste money on brand new ones. If it’s just not in your budget right now, you can slowly buy new ones in the future, one-by-one as you can afford them. Be sure to consider the size of your future appliances during the remodel so they will fit afterward. Lighting fixtures are also something that can wait or not completely necessary to replace if you’re happy with yours.

Flooring, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. You will need to see if your kitchen floors go underneath the cabinets or if they are placed against the cabinets. If you’re changing your cabinet configuration and the floor is placed against the cabinets, you will need to replace the flooring. If the old flooring matches the new cabinets and the floor is placed under the cabinets or you’re keeping the same configuration, just keep your flooring to save costs.  When picking new flooring, you will need to consider the height of the flooring. Vinyl and linoleum are thin while tile and wood are a bit thicker. This should be considered when measuring the heights of cabinets.

Cost: Cabinets: $16,000, Appliances & Lighting: $8,000, Vinyl Flooring: $1,000

Strategy: Keep old lighting fixtures, flooring and old appliances if possible. You can replace later if you want.

Time Frame: 2 – 3 Weeks

Stage Three: Do Plumbing & Electrical Work

This is when the work really begins. You will need to have your kitchen gutted, appliances and old cabinets removed and walls may need to be opened up for electrical work. Move your fridge, microwave, and toaster to the garage, or empty room so you can still cook meals at home. It’s best to renovate your kitchen during summer so you can at least grill your meals outside.

Cost: $14,500 for removal and installation of new electrical and plumbing

Strategy: Tear out and install new electrical and plumbing in a quick timeframe if possible. Plan for a makeshift kitchen elsewhere in your home, like grilling outside.

Time Frame: 6 – 10 Weeks

Stage Four: Installation

Once the gutting of the kitchen and plumbing and electrical work are complete, here comes the fun part: installation. You should have ordered all of your cabinets, appliances, flooring and lighting fixtures in advance so you are ready to install the minute the other work is complete. This is the time where you will paint the walls, install any backsplash on the walls and install countertops. To save money, consider installing an inexpensive countertop such as marine plywood or inexpensive laminate. You can always swap these out later for marble, granite, tile or a solid surface when you have the budget.

Cost: $12,000

Strategy: Install a more expensive countertop when you can afford it.

Time Frame: 1 – 2 Weeks

Final Stage: Upgrade When Possible

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If you went down the least expensive route to just begin your kitchen remodel, the final stage includes upgrading when it’s possible in your budget. You can replace the laminate flooring or countertop, or buy those new appliances you have been keeping your eye on. This is the final step in transforming your kitchen into the one you have been dreaming of. If you’re considering selling your home after the remodel, be sure to contact the Wolf Real Estate Team to help you get the most money for your home. We specialize in buying and selling homes across San Diego County while specializing in the areas of South Park, Del Cerro, and San Carlos. Contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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How to Plan an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve Party This Year

The holiday season is among us and with that comes a new year! Some are happy to see this year end while others are sad to see such a great year go. In the midst of your New Year’s resolution planning, you should consider what you need to throw an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party that your friends and families won’t forget. Tell your friends to blow off spending countless amounts of money at Downtown San Diego New Year’s Eve events and to enjoy kicking off the New Year in your San Diego home. With these tips, you can expect your friends and family to have a great time in the comfort of your home.

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to raid your local Party City, Dollar Tree, Target or another favorite store for decorations. You can go with the cheesy “Happy New Year” banners along with balloons and basically anything gold or silver. You can also go with a theme for the entire night. Some ideas include masquerades, a costume party, 20’s theme, old Hollywood, or just use your imagination!

You can find paper plates, cups and tablecloths to match your NYE theme. Included with your decorations should be streamers, confetti, string lights and even a DIY photo backdrop. This backdrop can be made easily with some sparkly black fabric from your local fabric store. You can also get some photo props like funny sunglasses, hats, boas to make the photo spot more fun. You can also create a custom hashtag and put it on a sign to take a picture with, and then, of course, your guests will use this hashtag on their photos for everyone to look at later. If you have the time, take a look at some DIY decorations for an, even more, original New Year’s theme.


You can plan your drinks in a few different ways. The first is to provide a variety of different already made drinks like beer, wine, and champagne, go open bar style by providing liquor and mixers for your guests to mix themselves, or you can plan ahead and serve only certain drinks that match your theme, or that you particularly enjoy making. For example, at the beginning of the night, you can plan to serve a martini recipe and when the ball drops, plan to have champagne ready to toast to the New Year. Whatever you decide to provide your guests with, make sure there are non-alcoholic options and enough to serve your guests throughout the night.

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Food is an important component when it comes to hosting a great New Year’s Eve Party in San Diego. Be prepared to have a variety of food to serve throughout the evening, and most importantly, don’t run out! There’s nothing worse than having people drink alcohol in your home and not to have any food to soak it up with. If you want to make your own food, prepare to make some tasty appetizers like a cheese ball, salsa, mini pizzas, meatballs and others. Here are some ideas for you to choose from. You can also choose to cater your party from your favorite local restaurants like Buona Forchetta in South Park for pizza, or Pittman Brown BBQ catering in Del Cerro.

You should also have some dessert options handy for all your guests with a sweet tooth. Pick up some cookies or mini brownies from your local grocery store or bake your own with recipe ideas here.


Plan a Playlist

Entertaining your guests is the most important factor when planning a fun New Year’s Eve party. First things first, make sure you have a playlist and speakers to play the best songs of 2017 to say goodbye to the year. This can be a fun way to say goodbye to all of the songs you are tired of hearing on the radio this year.

Cards to Fill Out to Say Goodbye to 2017 and 2018 Predictions

Another entertainment option is to have a card for your guests to fill out describing all their favorite memories of the year. You can hang a string up somewhere and have each of the cards hole-punched so they can be hung up afterward for everyone to see. Your guests can take them home at the end of the night!

Some ideas for your guests to describe 2017:

  • My favorite song this year was __________
  • My favorite day this year was __________
  • The goals I achieved this year were:_______
  • The goals I didn’t achieve were:_________

And then on the backside, have your guests fill out what they want to happen in 2018.

  • My top three goals for 2018 are: __________
  • A prediction I have for 2018 is: _______
  • A skill I want to learn this year is: _____
  • The bad habit I want to kick this year is: _______


Another entertainment option to consider is karaoke! You can rent karaoke machines from various places across San Diego, or just purchase a microphone you can plug into a speaker and then stream karaoke videos from YouTube on your TV. This is always a fun activity to have at parties.

Midnight Preparation

Lastly, to prepare for the end of the year, you should have party poppers, noisemakers, party hats, crowns, glasses and all the cheesy 2018 attire to ring in the New Year. Make sure to also have your TV on to broadcast the dropping of the ball in New York (although we see it 4 hours late).

Enjoy Your Party

The most important thing to remember when throwing a New Year’s Eve party is to take time to enjoy it and the company of your guests. It’s important to be a good hostess, but it’s also important to enjoy yourself.

Contact Wolf Real Estate Team

Want to throw a party but don’t have space for it? Consider selling your current home and buying a new one. The Wolf Real Estate Team can help you buy or sell your home across San Diego, especially in South Park and metro San Diego as well as Del Cerro and Allied Gardens area. Contact us today to find out how we can help you find your dream home in San Diego. Stayed tuned for more blogs about home entertaining!