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by 411HomeRepair on Jan 22, 2010

Its been said time and time again, by experts in both real estate and the craft trades, that among the best ways to increase the value of your home is to upgrade the kitchen. Sure, we all know that any top-quality improvements that you want to make to your home can get pricey. Marble, rosewood and good craftsmanship don’t come cheap.

There are a few things that you should know before making any big decisions or plunking down your hard-earned dough. The fact of the matter is, you need to have all your ducks in a row before you set out on your designing adventure because you will have to live with the results for a long time. Unless you own other homes to escape to, or have vast sums available for ongoing projects, you will need to get this right because a first-rate job will likely last the rest of your life.

Don’t DIY Kitchen upgrades can be very costly at times. You can easily spend tens of thousands of dollars on a high-quality job, and the truth is, there is no room for amateurs here. In order to assure that your kitchen will be done right, you need help from the experts. You can easily find a reputable contractor on the web. Or if you don’t have regular access to the Internet, you can look in the telephone book or take a trip to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s store. Both offer consulting and contractor services. Regardless of your choice, check out local references on the people who will actually be working on your property.

While designing your own kitchen may seem like a great idea, and it can save a few bucks, it will probably be worth a little extra to hire a professional designer, even an architect if your kitchen is, say, 600 sq. ft. or more. You are already spending a tidy sum for the hardwoods, the brass fittings, the marble, the terrazzo floor and everything else, so do not muck it up with your own new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) horror story. Professional designers and architects are trained to give you the look you desire and even help direct the contractor and craftsmen in their work.

The final moves When you finally choose your contractor, you then begin the process of choosing colors, textures and the specific design that you want the end result to be. If you have an older kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to tear the whole room apart. Perhaps all it needs is a good remodeling.

Of course, even at a somewhat reduced scale, this is still a huge undertaking, and a licensed contractor is still a requirement. It is more likely, however, that you and family members can “pitch in” with the work if the job requires just the contractor and a tradesman or two. This will depend on a number of things, including quite possibly the terms of your homeowner insurance.

New cabinets, floors, a fresh coat of new paint, new appliances and new lighting are just a few of the things that can turn an old outdated kitchen into a brand new one for a lot less than a complete rebuilding project. However, it all depends on your wishes, and your budget. It is not quite realistic to think you can plan a complete kitchen remodeling, especially a complex one, as an ongoing project or one done in “phases.”

Your kitchen is a center of activity (and sustenance) in your home, so it cannot be out of commission for long. You should plan your kitchen project as a “get in, get it done, get out” sort of enterprise. There’s no reason to rush, so a steady, productive pace is ideal.

Despite any wishes for a dream kitchen that you may entertain in your imagination, you may have to balance practicality with your desires. Still, as long as you take the time to get everything in order before the work begins, things should run smoothly. Do the research, do the math, set the money aside and then get to work. If you take the right steps, there is no reason that your dream project has to become a nightmare, and nothing to keep your favorite kitchen dream from coming true.

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