Kitchen RemodelWith the new season approaching, now is the time to start thinking about all your spring cleaning and renovation projects and your kitchen is a great place to start. However, doing a kitchen remodel is a long, extensive and sometimes stressful process. Planning is essential if you want the end result to match up with your budget and expectations. There are many steps to take before you even embark on this type of project, as a kitchen remodel involves a lot of parts. Here are four important questions to ask yourself before you get started.

#1 Where should I begin?
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There are a number of ways to approach your kitchen remodel. For many homeowners, replacing kitchen appliances is an easy first step. You can also repaint, refinish and reface your appliances for a budget-friendly kitchen upgrade. If you’re unsure where to begin, call a professional.

#2 What is the scope of my project?
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Kitchen remodels can range from a new coat of paint to a complete overhaul. Before you begin making plans, consider which kind of remodel is right for your home. Larger kitchens offer more space for additional items like expanded eating areas, islands and extra storage. If you have a smaller kitchen, consider accent walls, lighter colors and space-conscious cabinets and countertops. You can also knock down walls to enlarge your smaller kitchen if you have the time and money. Defining the scope of your remodel will help you finalize your budget and hire the right pro.

#3 What’s my budget?
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Your budget will decide the size and scope of your remodel. If you’re working with limited funds, consider new paint, updated appliances or a cabinet refinish. Larger budget remodels can include layout changes, adding or removing walls and new cabinet-countertop combinations. As a rule, it’s a good idea to pay for remodels out of pocket. But, if you need additional money to finish your project, loans are available. If you decide to finance your remodel, it’s important to research the return on investment (ROI) of your update and how it will affect your home’s value and attractiveness to potential buyers.

#4 Should I hire a pro?
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It’s always a good idea to hire pro, regardless of the size of your remodel. Professionals have the background and experience to ensure a quality end result. Before you hire a pro, make sure to thoroughly research your remodeler. Interview three professionals before making a hiring decision.

Poorly planned kitchen remodels can result in subpar results. By defining your budget, design and project scope before you begin, you’ll ensure a successful kitchen update. For more information on home improvement projects, or for help with any of your other work-life challenges, log in today.