It is not uncommon to want to remodel your kitchen. In fact, it’s a great way to update the look of your home’s interior, as well as increase its value. However, before you dive in and start tearing out cabinets and picking new appliances, there are some questions that you should ask yourself to help save you time and money.

Are you going to be listing your house?

Unless you are planning to remodel so that you can put your house on the market within the next year or two, you should remodel your kitchen with your lifestyle in mind. It doesn’t make any sense to spend all this money remodeling your kitchen to the latest ‘trends’, and then decide that it’s not practical for your lifestyle at all.

But if your plan is to list your home for sale, remember that most buyers will be more concerned with the types of counters and the condition of the roof than what your kitchen looks like.

Is the remodel in-line with your houses’ architectural integrity?

If you have a house that was built in the 70’s, and you decide to but the most modern kitchen into it, the house won’t necessarily flow. If the house doesn’t flow, it is more than likely to hurt resale value. But again, keep in mind that if you don’t plan on selling, do the remodel that you want that fits with your lifestyle.

What about cabinets?

Trying to save a few dollars and using cheap cabinets is not the best way to go. In fact, cabinets should be one of the kitchen remodels biggest expenses. Cheap cabinets made of particle board will not last as long and need to be replaced sooner than any quality counterparts. Spend a few more dollars now to avoid a headache down the road.

Do I need the best appliances available?

When it comes to new appliances, quality is always the best way to go. But before you get that restaurant grade stove, assess what your needs are. If you upgrade to a six-burner stovetop, are you actually going to be using it? The chances are that you won’t utilize it the way it should be.

Ask yourself how often you will actually be using them and how much wear and tear that you will be putting on them. Try to stick with appliances that will give you features you will actually use regularly.

Is your contractor trustworthy?

Always be sure to do your homework before hiring a contractor. If you don’t, it can easily become a huge disaster. Think of it like this. When was the last job interview where you weren’t asked about your experience, for references, past job history? It’s the same thing here. You are hiring someone to do work for you. If you don’t think that they are a good fit, chances are they are not.

While a kitchen remodel can be a great way to bring your house back to life and increase its resale value, you want to make sure that you ask yourself the above questions prior to getting started. It will help save you money, time and headache further down the road.