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When planning a kitchen remodel project, the first step is to call a remodeling company, right? Maybe not. Before you start talking to the 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 floors, cabinets, countertops, and appliances. This will help you figure out what you like and what you don’t like. Be sure to check out the remodeling information and remodeling procedures sections of our website, where you can learn many valuable tips, trends, and ideas for remodeling your kitchen.

Consider the resale value

If there is a possibility that you will sell your home in the future, you need to make sure you get your money’s worth from the 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 decisions that appeal to the widest range of search engines and perhaps save most of your investment in high-end appliances that you can carry with you.

Plan your retirement

If you don’t think you’ll be selling your home 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 has plenty of light. Whether you like bright colors, white cabinets, or dark wood, your kitchen should reflect your style, your cooking style, and your family’s use of the room. Also think ahead and make sure the kitchen has room for mobility aid tools, easy-to-grip knobs and handles, or perhaps height-adjustable counter areas so everyone is comfortable working.

Review funding and budgeting

Your kitchen remodel can fit almost any budget, so you need to start exploring what money you will use. Should you draw from your savings, sell stocks, refinance your mortgage, or use a home equity line? Each has advantages and disadvantages. Do a little 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 your kitchen remodel. Look at companies’ websites, check their Better Business Bureau ratings, and read Angie’s List reviews. Create a list of questions to ask to help you feel more comfortable with the company. If they give you the hard sell, pressure you, or ever 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 the bathroom renovation!

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