b2ap3_thumbnail_2012-07-11-08.36.51-300x201You’ve lived with a Kitchen that you don’t necessary like for years. Perhaps it has functioned fine enough, but it isn’t your style; or your kitchen works – but doesn’t work well and you need more storage. No matter the reason, you’ve saved the money and now you’re finally ready to remodel your kitchen.

But where do you start? Here are three critical things to keep in mind so that you get the Kitchen remodel you expect … and deserve.

Use a reputable contractor

Although you are handy, you’ve already determined that remodeling your Kitchen isn’t a smart DIY project to tackle. It is an important room in the house, and it needs to be remodeled with expediency and it needs to be built correctly and to code. However, picking a contractor that is right for the job isn’t an easy task. You don’t want to just open up the phone book and start calling numbers listed under “remodeling contractors.”

One way to find a good contractor is to check with your friends, neighbors and family who have had work done to see who they’d recommend. Also, check with realtors or other area professional business people, who know who the reputable remodeling contractors are in your area. You’ll also want to check with your area home builders association or other trade organization and pick one of their members.

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0216-300x201Use Quality Materials

Saving money on a Kitchen remodel does not necessarily mean skimping on materials. Often, you get what you pay for. If you are using cheaper materials, such as inexpensive cabinets or countertops, in your Kitchen remodel project, your Kitchen may not provide the pizzazz you’d hoped for. Consult your remodeling contractor about the materials you select for your project. He’s knowledgeable on the ways you can cut spending in particular areas yet still get the quality Kitchen you want. Additionally, be truthful with your budget – as your contractor can only help you get the Kitchen you want while staying in budget if he has all the facts.

Finally, Don’t Be Afraid to Get What You Really Want. While on the topic of budget, don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on quality, comfort and design. This is a Kitchen you will live with for many years to come. If you are taking the time and money to remodel your kitchen, you might as well get what you really want.