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Remodeling a kitchen is always a fun project for homeowners. However, it can also be stressful and things can easily go wrong, ending up with a lot of things not going according to plan. That’s why careful consideration and purposeful planning are needed in order to get you the kitchen of your dreams—or as close to it as possible.

That said, here’s a pretty neat timeline that you can follow in order to pull off that long-awaited kitchen remodel. You don’t have to follow it to a T; this is meant as a starting point that can help push you on your way.

Know what you want

First, you need to think about what you want to achieve with a remodel. Being able to give the kitchen a fresh look is certainly a worthy reason to do an overhaul. Still, improving functionality should also be at the top of your list. What things can you improve with the kitchen based on your past experience of doing stuff in it?

Find the balance

Once you’ve listed all the shiny new stuff you want to put in the new kitchen, including the finishes, you might find that you’ve stretched your budget thin or even went beyond what you’re willing to spend. Now you need to find spots where you can cut back on costs. Compromise is key.

Solidify the plan

With a list of requirements and luxuries more or less finalized, you can start to actually design the new-look kitchen. You can lay it all out old-school style with sketches, or you can use design software to keep things more precise. Of course, if you’re looking to hire a contractor to work on the remodel, they will most likely be able to help you out on the design front.

Time to work

After the design is done, executing the plan is the next step. If you’re going the DIY route, you’re looking at a bit of time where you won’t be able to use your kitchen, or at least the facilities will be mostly unavailable to you especially if you’re doing a big overhaul.

You’ll likely start with demolition, then replacing old stuff inside the walls like electrical wiring and plumbing. Fixtures will be added next prior to painting, then adding the flooring and other boards. Cabinets, fixed tables or countertops go next. Backsplash and other finishing round out the interiors, before you add in the kitchen appliances and other new hardware.

Hiring contractors to do the kitchen remodel will likely entail a shorter time period from start of the project to completion. Of course, this all depends on your intent, budget, and skill level.

Whether you’re doing this kitchen remodel for personal home improvement or to increase the value of your property, doing the job the right way will help you minimize the headaches you’ll face along the way and ensure that you achieve the kitchen you want.

Don’t skip steps; plan carefully to ensure you have all the stuff you need and follow through on the things you listed down to make the project go as smoothly as possible. Once you’re done, you’ll definitely have a great new kitchen that will give you pride and happiness.