Is your kitchen everything you’ve ever wanted? Is it a dream kitchen with a professional range gas stove, granite counter tops and a huge center island? Or is it a 1970’s orange and mint colored disaster? Maybe it’s functionally obsolete, with the refrigerator in the pantry—think we’re exaggerating? Trust us, we’ve seen it all. Maybe your kitchen is cute, but tiny and cramped. For whatever reason it may be, if you’re reading this article then you probably want a new kitchen. Remodeling your kitchen can be quite the undertaking, so there are a few things you should ask yourself before getting started:

What is my budget? – All projects begin with a budget, whether you like it or not. Whether you’ve patiently saved up for your kitchen, or you’re taking out a loan, you should have a certain amount of money in mind. Will this be a cosmetic job? Or is it a full tear down and rebuild? You should look at comparable homes in the neighborhood, since some markets are better for remodeling than others.

Is it worth remodeling? – Like we mentioned, some markets are worth remodeling in and others are not. Look for your city’s average ROI for kitchen renovations and look at comparable properties. Some neighborhoods are outdated, and a remodel just won’t be worth the money. Others are Cherry Creek homes for sale that have been more updated and are desirable areas of town, which tend to have a higher ROI for remodels.

What are my wants vs. my needs? – This ties into budget as well, but a list of priorities is key. Do you need solid, sturdy flooring for children and pets? Or maybe you enjoy being in the kitchen, so a gas stove or double ovens are a must. Maybe your kitchen is dark and cut off from the rest of your home, so you’d like to brighten it up with windows, tearing down some walls and maybe even a skylight. Whatever you may want, just know that you may need to make some sacrifices, so know what is a want and what you consider a need.

Can my family’s schedule handle this? – Lastly, this is something many families don’t consider; a kitchen remodel can take weeks or months to finish, and being under construction and without a kitchen can interrupt your home life. Is it summer time when your kids are home and always hungry? Will the dust cause problems for people with asthma or allergies? Maybe it’s coming up on the holidays, and you have planned to have family over. Whatever the timing may be, make sure you can fit the remodel into your schedule and make it as convenient as possible.

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