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Guide to remodeling your kitchen: part I

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If you want to maximize the value of your home, put any money you have set aside for renovation into a kitchen remodeling project. A great deal of time and entertaining is done in the kitchen, and improving this space can be a very beneficial investment. 

Budgeting
Before diving into any remodeling project, decide on a set budget and do not go over it. When forming a budget, make sure that you account for additional costs outside of the obvious expenses. HGTV suggested that you set aside 20 percent of your final budget for unexpected purchases that may arise during the kitchen renovation. 

Also, establish how you plan to fund this project. Know where the money is coming from and be certain that it can be allotted to the remodeling of this space. 

Make a listing of priorities, and if you need to make cuts to accommodate your budget, it will be easier to eliminate the renovations and improvements on the bottom of your list. Another factor to consider when moving forward with your project is whether you are remodeling for you or to sell your home more quickly. 

For sale
Trulia reported that one of the top two most closely scrutinized rooms is the kitchen. Investing in this room of the house will be especially beneficial when selling real estate.

One factor to consider when moving forward with a remodeling project is the neighborhood where you are living. Typically, prospective home buyers are interested in the atmosphere of a specific area. You want to accommodate the target buyer. This will keep you from going overboard on your budget and unnecessarily installing top-of-the-line appliances. 

Home buyer consultations with individuals interested in your neighbors' homes might also be beneficial in determining what alterations would be best.

Make renovations that are most cost-effective. If you are solely looking to sell your home, low labor and affordable alterations to your kitchen space should be the top priority. This Old House suggested keeping some of the vintage aspects of your kitchen to add charm. Also, stay flexible during renovations. If something isn't perfect but meets criteria and is on sale, moving forward with that option will help you save in overall costs.

Another great resource that the Internet offers is Craigslist. Utilize the Internet and look for great deals on local appliances and other kitchen necessities with this classified advertisements website. 

Painting is a great way to liven your kitchen, and consider updating appliances if necessary. Another easy way to heighten the appeal of your kitchen is to get rid of any clutter on counter space and in cabinets. 

Also remember that pre move in home inspection should be conducted and ensuring that all appliances and running water are in great shape is crucial.  

For you
Know what you want and what you are willing to invest in this project. If you are living in a home for an extended period of time, setting aside a bit more cash for updates and renovations may make more sense. 

When remodeling a kitchen for yourself, the priority list that you create is especially important. If you want a specific dishwasher brand that has been known to last exceptionally long or are tired of outdated counter space, those wants should be honored when renovating. If your budget forces you to cut certain items, keep your list and save those projects for a later date. 

Dictate where you want to save and where you can splurge based on what you want out of your kitchen. If you enjoy providing gourmet meals for your family, investing in a top-of-the-line oven and stove might be worthwhile. If you want optimal space for guests to sit and chat in the space, consider adding a bar.