When planning a kitchen remodeling project, the first step is to call a remodeling company, right? Maybe not. Before you start talking to professionals, do some research to be in a good position to make informed decisions with your remodeling professional.
find out what you want
Research the different options for flooring, cabinets, countertops, and appliances. This will help you find out what you like and what you don’t like. Be sure to check out the remodeling information and remodeling how-to sections of our website, where you can learn many valuable tips, trends, and ideas for remodeling your kitchen.
Consider resale value
If there’s a chance you’ll sell your home in the future, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth from a kitchen renovation. Buyers love remodeled kitchens, but they may not like “trends,” so if you plan to sell, choose trendy items carefully. Try to make choices that will appeal to the widest range of seekers, and you may save most of your investment in high-end appliances that you can take with you.
Plan for your retirement
If you don’t think you’ll be selling your house anytime soon, make sure your kitchen remodel reflects YOU. Get the cabinets, flooring, and lighting you love. If you love skylights, make sure your remodeled kitchen gets plenty of light. Whether you like bright colors, white cabinets, or dark wood, your kitchen should reflect your style, the way you cook, and your family’s use of the room. Think ahead, too, and make sure the kitchen has room for mobility-assistive tools, easy-grip knobs and handles, or perhaps height-adjustable countertop areas to keep everyone comfortable working.
Review Funding and Budget
Your kitchen remodel can fit into almost any budget, so start exploring what money you’ll use. Should you draw from your savings, sell stocks, refinance your mortgage, or use a home equity line of credit? Each has advantages and disadvantages. Do some planning on your own, but because every remodel is different, talk to a professional remodeler and your financial advisor for the best advice.
Find a professional kitchen remodeler
Ask your friends and neighbors who they worked with on their kitchen remodel. Look at company websites, check their Better Business Bureau ratings, and read Angie’s List reviews. Create a list of questions to help you feel more comfortable with the company. If they make you a hard sell, put pressure on you, or make you feel uncomfortable, they are not the right contractor for you. Also check your warranty. The best company will exceed the industry standard to keep you happy…and will be the first company you call when it’s time to work on your bathroom renovation!