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Your 10-Step Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

1. Assess Your Needs

The goal of your kitchen is not only to create a beautiful new space, but also to create a kitchen that will make your cooking experience a pleasant one. Use our handy need assessment questionnaire to get started on figuring out precisely what your new kitchen will need to create the most efficient space possible.

2. Create Your Budget

Before you begin making decisions on what products you'll be purchasing, it is crucial that you create a budget - and stick to it. Your remodeling experience will be significantly easier if you have a set budget to work with. Check out our Budget Matters section to get started on creating your budget and assessing your financing options.

3. Search for Professionals

Once you know exactly what you need and how much you're willing to spend, you should begin searching for the professionals that will help you along your way. Generally, you'll need a designer to help you put your design together, and a contractor to help with installation and other construction work. Depending on your remodel, you might also need to find a plumber or an electrician. Of course, if you're experienced in any of these fields, you can perform any of these tasks yourself to save money. If you do plan to hire, try to find people who can provide solid references and who seem like they'll be easy to work with. Click here to learn more about how to find a good contractor.

4. Measure Your Space

Before your first meeting with your designer, it's best to have measured and created a rough sketch of your kitchen's dimensions. Some professionals will be willing to do this for you, but it's fairly easy to do on your own. Consult our measurement guide for instructions on how to measure your kitchen.

5. Find Your Style

Use as many tools as you can find to figure out which style looks best to you. You should have an idea of what kind of kitchen style you prefer when you work with your designer, as different kitchen styles will call for different design elements.

6. Finalize Your Layout & Design

If you're hiring a designer, you will now be working with them to create a layout and design that works best for you and your needs. Several changes may need to be made before you're completely happy, and that's totally fine. This layout will eventually be your kitchen, and you should be content with it before construction begins.

7. Choose Your Products

Once your design and layout are in place, you should begin shopping for your cabinets, countertop, faucets and other products. Cabinets, appliances, and other major items may take up to several weeks to be delivered, so keep this mind when planning your remodeling timetable.

8. Begin Scheduling Construction & Installation

Once you have an idea of when your products will begin arriving, begin scheduling with your contractors, plumbers, and other industry professionals. Organization and coordination is key during this phase of the remodel process. If you'll be doing any major electrical and plumbing changes in your kitchen, this must be done before your cabinets and appliances are installed. Your countertop may not be fabricated until your cabinets have been installed. Keeping a calendar and maintaining an open line of communication with all professionals will help to keep everything in order. Also make alternative arrangements as your kitchen will be unavailable for use for at least a few weeks.

9. Clean Up

It's important to have a proper plan in place for the disposal of debris throughout the remodel. You may need to consult any city sanitation codes or policies that dictate disposal procedures for things like old cabinets and appliances. Create designated garbage disposal areas and let all workers know where, when and how to discard any garbage that may accumulate. It's best to have this under control throughout the remodel, rather than having a huge mess to clean up at the end of it all.

10. Relax

It's been a long and stressful road, but now your brand new kitchen is complete! Familiarize yourself with your new cabinets, faucets, and appliances. Carefully read all instruction manuals and do research on how to properly care for and maintain your new products. Keep all contracts, warranties and receipts on hand just in case. Once you've got a hang of your new space, kick back, relax, and enjoy your new kitchen.

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