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The 3 steps needed to properly approach a kitchen remodel

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2013-10-22 13:03:46

Do you currently own a home? If so, at one point or another, you have most likely given some thought to the ways in which you could enhance its purchase price. Doing so can provide you with a substantial amount of profit, if you ever decide to sell to new owners. And, one of the most efficient ways to do this is by remodeling your existing kitchen, due to the fact that this living space is one that individuals regularly spend time in. 

In recent years, many homeowners have undertaken this value-appreciating project. However, some have encountered issues during work because of poor planning and incorrect execution. If you're thinking about updating your home's kitchen, you may want to follow these three steps, as doing so can help guarantee a positive outcome that not only enhances the room's overall appearance, but functionality as well.

1. Spend some time brainstorming
Because of the amount of work needed to remodel a kitchen, it is important that you first decide on the scope of the project. Are you just looking to have new countertops installed? Or are you hoping to completely modify the area, complete with new color schemes and design elements? This is the most important step, according to Houzz.com, as starting off on the wrong foot can negatively affect the outcome. 

A good way to do this is by talking with friends who have remodeled their kitchens, as well as looking for inspiration online. A number of social media websites host images of residential updates and offer tips for interested homeowners.

2. Decide what materials are to be used 
As you slowly consider all aspects of the planned project, you will start to make decisions regarding the materials and items that will be included. This can help you to create a cohesive aesthetic throughout the room and figure out the layout you desire. Do you want an island counter installed? You'll need to figure out how big it will be and where it will be located within the area.

This is a good time to consider the amount of money you want to put toward the project, as materials can range in price. Taking a trip to your local home improvement store may afford you with effective strategies for achieving an upscale look without spending too much. 

3. Find trusted professionals to complete work
While you can have complete control over the planning stages, it's usually best to leave the actual work to professionals. Attempting to save funds by executing updates yourself may result in the project being completed incorrectly, which could force you to spend additional time and money making sure the work is done properly. You may, however, be able to complete the demolition yourself - as long as you know what needs to be removed and what must be kept intact. 

Before hiring a contractor, you may want to research them online to see if their past customers have good things to say about their work. Another good source for this type of information is the Better Business Bureau, which compiles information on companies' degree of professionalism.

Think you're ready to hire a contractor and begin your kitchen remodel? You may want to finance the work using an affordable home loan from a trusted source of residential lending. Poli Mortgage Group's expert team of Loan Officers have the experience needed to find you the best low rates and secure a payment plan that best suits your savings. Due to our dedication and customer service, we maintain an A-plus rating with the BBB. Give us a call today at 866-353-7654, and find out what thousands of happy homeowners already know.

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