Take Your Time
The idea to remodel your kitchen might come in a burst, but take your time about beginning it. Take a good look at your present kitchen and figure out what works, what doesn’t, and what needs changing to make what doesn’t work, work. Also, consider some minor cosmetic changes first, such as new cabinet knobs and drawer pulls a fresh coat of paint, or new curtains and rugs. Many homeowners mistake the tired look of their kitchen to mean it’s time for a total remodel when some cosmetic changes can make that old kitchen feel fresh and new again.
Make a Budget
A kitchen remodel can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several or tens of thousands of dollars so it’s a good idea to know what you can afford before you start shopping. Even if you can afford a high-end kitchen remodel, keep in mind what is common in your neighborhood if there is a possibility of selling your home in the near future. A kitchen remodel can increase the value of your home, but only if the remodel is in keeping with the rest of the neighborhood. Putting a 50,000 kitchen in a 100,000 dollar home will not increase the value of your home to a 150,000 unless that is what the neighborhood can support. If reselling is not a factor, having a talk with your insurance agent is also a good idea to make sure your new investment is adequately protected.
Gather Your Ideas
Once you know what the problem areas are and what you can afford to pay to address them, it’s time to start gathering your ideas. This can be done with books, magazines, the internet, or window-shopping at your local home improvement stores. Make a file either in a file folder or online at a site such as Pinterest to have a centralized location for your ideas. Encourage the rest of the family to get involved to insure the remodel will suit the entire family. This will also help with frayed tempers during the organized chaos that a kitchen remodel can cause for the household.
Find Your Contractor
Finding a contractor is as easy as doing an internet search but make sure to do another investigation of any potential contractors with the Better Business Bureau and reading their online reviews. Take the time to check any potential contractor out thoroughly as well as making sure they are insured and bonded.