Re-modeling any area of your house can get expensive. The kitchen however requires expensive appliances, quality cabinetry, flooring, lighting, countertops, etc. It all adds up quicker than you would think, and for that reason you want to make sure the re-model is everything you wanted it to be and more. Before you start any demolition, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself about the direction of the demolition, here are the top 6.

1. What’s the reasoning behind the re-model?
Some people re-model their kitchens to get the highest re-sale value out of the home as possible. The kitchen is going to be very important to buyers because most don’t want to buy the home and then feed more money into fixing it up. If you’re only re-modeling the kitchen to attract buyers, you need to select a style that matches the rest of the home as well as the general target market of the area. The more people who like your new kitchen, the more people you have a chance to sell to

If on the other hand you’re re-modeling your kitchen because it’s simply outdated and you want something new, it’s important to make it fit into your lifestyle. You have to love it on paper to love the real thing. After all, you’re going to be living in it for X more years.

2. Are you getting the cabinetry you needs?
Yes, cabinets can be expensive, but also yes, it’s important not to skimp in this area. Cheap cabinetry will make the entire kitchen look and feel cheap even if you’re pairing them with top of the line appliances. Cabinets should be one of the most important parts of the entire kitchen re-model.

3. How well do you know your contractor?
This is huge when it comes to the efficiently and effectively getting your kitchen re-model done. Contracts are known to be a bit sketchy and wonder away on projects every once in a while. Make sure to do thorough research on your contractor and hire a contractor with a good reputation. For the next few months, your kitchen is going to be completely under construction, you want someone you can trust to manage the whole process.

4. Are you being weary of the latest trends?
Trends are great, for a year or so. Obviously styles and designs change within kitchens just like they do with any other industry, some trends however are just not going to last the test of time. For that reason, unless you’re in love with a particular style, don’t change your entire kitchen to it unless you’ll be happy with it 10 years down the road. Remember, kitchen re-modeling isn’t just a drop in the bucket, you want to be happy with your choices for years to come.

5. If the kitchen you want going to be functional?
We’ve all seen catalog pictures of kitchens and wondered who the heck could even live there? Right now, a trend in the kitchen design industry is open shelved storage space.  In the picture we see, these imaginary families have one pot, all matching white glasses, and 3 stacked bowls. It’s completely unrealistic and would be a tough kitchen to manage. The open shelves create dust and will leave you with a lot of matching to do when it comes to the organization of your kitchen accessories. If you like this look, go for it. But if you have kids or a ton of pots and pans, you might want to consider closing those off from your party guests sight.

6. Do you have the proper consultants on the project?
If you’re a contractor yourself, by all means start today. If you’re not however, you might want to get some advice from the pros. Finding your favorite cabinets, favorite lighting fixtures, flooring, etc. might look perfect in the store, might it also might look like a giant mish-mosh of random things in your kitchen. Contractors and designers will help you make your kitchen your favorite spot in the house.