Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? This can be one of the most effective ways you can invest in your house. In fact, many realtors say that the kitchen often makes the difference between whether a house sells or it doesn't. Before you get started, consider these tips.
Assess your space
Take a good hard look at your kitchen and ask yourself if the way the space is organized works for you. Next, look for things you don't like. For example, is the countertop too low? Does it show wear and tear easily? Do you have enough storage? Is the room too dark? Are the finishes outdated? Determine what you need to fix, what you want to change, and what will work just the way it is. Having a good sense of understanding what you want to do with your space will help you determine if you should undertake a cosmetic update or a full-scale remodel, or something in between the two.
Expect the unexpected
It's usually wise to build a 10-15% cushion into your budget to accommodate hidden issues. You never know what your contractor will find behind a wall or under a floor, and you'll need to take care of unexpected pitfalls before you can finish the job.