This handy checklist will help you get your kitchen renovation started off on the right foot

When compared to the efforts that have to be made to modify other rooms in the home, the kitchen is by far one of the most complicated renovations that you can undertake. You’ve likely heard them before: horror stories about kitchen remodels. Sometimes aesthetics take priority over function, time delays occur and mis-measured materials can drive up the cost of this already-expensive remodeling process.

But not every kitchen remodel needs to be a terrible experience. Below we have outlined everything that you will need to keep in mind as you prepare for your big or small kitchen remodel.

Money Matters

  • It can be easy to spend more than your budget allows when you get wrapped up with what you want in a new kitchen rather than what you Figure out how much you have to spend first, and then focus on the most important parts of your remodel. After this, you can then estimate how much of your budget will be left over for all the bells and whistles.
  • Most real estate experts agree that your remodel should not exceed twenty percent of your home’s market value. If you’re unsure of what this means for you, try consulting with area real estate experts to get a better idea.
  • If you plan to do any of the work yourself, consult contractors and get your quotes for the remainder of the job.
  • If you intend to receive finance from a lender for this project, make sure that all of that is sorted out before any work begins.


  • The DIY route can end up saving you money at the end of your project, so consider what tasks you can take on, on your own. Not all projects, like installing cabinets and minor plumbing work, require the knowledge of an expert to accomplish properly.
  • If you’re unsure of your skills to accomplish a task, then it may be wisest to consider bringing in the skills of a contractor. Even tiny mistakes can end up having big costs to fix, or negatively impact the functionality or flow of your kitchen.

Separate Your Wants and Needs

  • What is the main purpose of the remodel? Are you trying to fix any glaring problems, or improve on appearances? When listing what you’d like done to your kitchen space, consider what is necessary versus what might be a luxury and plan accordingly. The needs should always be placed at the top of your priority list.

Educate Yourself on the Basics

  • You don’t have to be an expert to understand the basics of home/kitchen renovation. Look up information about the renovations that you’re considering, so that you at least have some grasp of what the process will entail.
  • Many individuals like to use 3D planning software, like the programs found on the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s website. This can help give you a proper, 3D representation of what your layout will look like.

Choose the Right Materials

  • Your budget will likely limit what materials you can use and what fixtures you can buy for your remodel. Consider using less expensive materials in areas where you won’t mind it.
  • Talk to your contractor about what materials can best fit the needs of your project as well as your budget.