Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel

Preparing for a kitchen remodel can seem complicated. Between deciding on materials and securing a budget, you may find yourself becoming overwhelmed during the planning stages. But, no worries! We found this amazing infographic from Angie’s List! It provides an in-depth checklist of a common kitchen remodel, including features and renovations you may want to incorporate into your budget. Did you find this infographic helpful? Comment below!

Kitchen Remodeling Checklist
Eight Spring Home Improvements

Gear up for summer with this simple list of home improvements. What do you do to prepare your home for the warm weather? Do you have any additional home improvements your like to do during the spring? Comment below!

Clean Your Gutters – Small twigs, dirt, and leaves can clog your water drainage system, potentially damaging your gutter, downspout, and/or your home’s exterior. Remove any debris collected over fall and the winter months from your gutters and downspouts. Use a hose to wash away dirt particles.

Check Your Roof for Damage – Long winters have the potential to damage your roof. As the snow melts, check for any potential damage to your roof or your home’s exterior. Water spots on your walls or ceiling are a good indicator of home exterior or roof damage.

Freshen Up Your Paint – Looking to liven up your home? Consider adding a new coat of paint to give your home a fresh, spring makeover.

Power Wash Your Deck – Put down the hose and use pressurized water to clean your deck. Power washing is more efficient than scrubbing your deck by hand or with a hose. It’s also less likely to damage the wood.

Attend to Your Yard – Prepare your yard for spring time. Rake up any branches and leaves. Notice a bald spot on your lawn? Lay down some grass seed. Consider aerating your lawn. Aerating your lawn allows for grass seeds and nutrients to penetrate the soil, assisting lawn regrowth in the springtime.

Inspect Your HVAC System – You should check your HVAC at least twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Ensure the air circulates properly throughout your house to prevent mold growth and seasonal allergens from affecting your family. You’ll also want to make sure your air-conditioner works before the warm weather hits.

Spring Clean Your Home – Set aside some time to spring clean your home. Throw out or donate any clutter that may have collected over the winter months. Reorganize your kitchen and closets. Deep clean your home by vacuuming beneath furniture and giving your floors a good scrub. For more spring cleaning tips, click here to see our spring cleaning blog.

Plan for a Remodel – Have you been planning a remodel over the winter months? Use springtime to contact any potential contractors and to secure financing. For more tips on how to plan a remodel, check out our blog post!

74 COMMENTS

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on May 01, 2015 at 19:29 pm

    Very helpful infographic! When remodeling a kitchen, it is often hard to keep up with all the details involved. Thanks for sharing!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 17:19 pm

    We're going to be starting the process of getting a new kitchen so we want to make sure that we're prepared. You're right, it can be a little complicated! That list was quite helpful, especially the tip about assessing our needs. Thanks for sharing.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 23:58 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that something like cleaning out your gutters and tuning up your HVAC system should be a part of preparing for a home remodel! It sounds like I need to take more time to prepare for my kitchen renovations I want to do. In fact, instead of looking for a contractor, I'll get an HVAC technician to take a look at my home's air conditioning instead. However, I'll still need to find a contractor soon!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 17:38 pm

      Glad reading this helped with your remodel! Happy to help.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 17:06 pm

    Wow, that is a great info-graphic! It sounds like you just need to plan everything out with someone that is experienced in this type of stuff and you will do great! I have never remodeled a kitchen before, so it is a daunting task. Do you have any other tips so my kitchen will actually look better than before I started?

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 17:40 pm

      With any remodel, we recommend researching your goals and talking with an experienced contractor about how to achieve them. You'll learn new tips and tricks, and the process should help you eliminate any common bumps in the road.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jul 07, 2015 at 18:23 pm

    The infographic is very insightful! When you take the time to plan out the project and also assess the goal and what you want to accomplish with your remodel, then the project will begin to move at a comfortable direction. I would also like to say that you offered a wise advice in having your budget be 20% of the home's market value. Perhaps just focusing on the area itself that you most want to change would be better than completely changing the entire kitchen? That way you attack it one at a time instead of one whole piece.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 15:59 pm

    Thanks for putting the text below, it is a good graphic, but I have to say that it is a little hard to read. I like the point about planning your budget beforehand so that you don't go totally overboard when remodeling. Still I think it is better to allow for some extra expenses, because if you are going through all the trouble of getting your home remodeled, you want to get it done right so that you can really be satisfied.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 17:34 pm

      We agree that budgeting is KEY! We make it part of our project management process when we work alongside clients.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 20:41 pm

      Yvon, I think planning your budget is a great idea when doing a remodel. I have been thinking about remodeling my house next spring. My wife wants to put in a pool, but I am unsure. I am totally for a remodel, but the pool is a little much for me.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 18:16 pm

    Thanks for the tips! This seems like a really useful checklist to help me prepare for any kitchen renovations that I'll need to do. I liked that you included features that I should consider installing in my home. At first, I was considering installing a granite countertop, but I started thinking about installing a marble countertop after I saw it in the list. It would be a good idea to look into the different benefits behind installing either of those types of countertop materials in my kitchen.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Aug 04, 2015 at 17:51 pm

    Your comment about cleaning before a kitchen remodel, was interesting. We just remodeled our bathroom, and it was quite the process. I had no idea that a tiny room could make such a mess. But, we deep cleaned everything before the renovation and it made cleaning up much easier. Thanks for sharing your comments.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Aug 07, 2015 at 19:22 pm

    My kitchen is really starting to fall apart. It would be so nice to be able to have a more modern and classy kitchen. I would really like to start saving money now so that my kitchen can be remodeled really soon. It would be so nice to be able to have the kitchen of my dreams.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 15:58 pm

    I've been thinking that my kitchen is extremely outdated. I'd love for it to look a bit more modern. I'm going to follow your tip about hiring a professional to do it. For that reason, I'll make sure I have enough money to afford it. How much do you think I should save up?

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 17:22 pm

    I am a big fan of spring cleaning. The difference in my spring cleaning is that I do it once every 3 months. So you might even call my version "season cleaning"! Why wait for spring if you've got a big cleaning project that needs to be done? It will make help keep the mess manageable too.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 22:14 pm

    This is a really good check list to follow when you are looking to remodel your kitchen. Probably the most important step would have to be determining your project budget. That way you will not try and do more that you are capable of affording. This is even something that you can discuss with a kitchen remodeling service to ensure that you are sticking to those guide lines.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 14:44 pm

    This infographic makes some good points. One thing that seems very important is to keep your budget in mind. You don't want to underestimate how much you will need. It's best to overestimate so that you are safe. Otherwise you might end up halfway through a remodel and out of funds.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 21:37 pm

    Awesome infographic! That's for sharing that with us—it's been very informative and helpful! I think you're absolutely right: it's important to hire a contractor when doing kitchen remodeling. Sometimes it's difficult trying to replicate a professional's job—it's their job for a reason! I'm thinking about remodeling my kitchen next week, so I'll be sure to keep those tips in mind.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 22:36 pm

    I've been thinking about doing a kitchen remodel, but it has been hard to decide what things I want to change. Your infographic is really helpful, because it provides such a nice checklist! I would love to look into things like the layout and cabinetry, as well as smaller things such as lighting. By making changes to these few things, I am sure it would improve the look of my kitchen so much! Now I just need to start planning so that I can set up a project and get someone to come and work on it!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Sep 02, 2015 at 23:39 pm

    My husband and are getting our kitchen remodeled this year. We are so excited and can't wait to get started! The tip about hiring a contractor seems like a good idea. We should look into that a little more!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Sep 04, 2015 at 16:21 pm

    Great list for preparing for a kitchen remodel. There is definitely a lot of work to be done in preparation but in the end it will be worth it. Thanks for sharing!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 15:28 pm

    This is a really interesting article. The infographic really helps me understand a little bit more about what I can do with kitchen remodels. This article has some great ideas. Thanks for the tips.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 20:09 pm

    There really are so many steps that go into remodeling your home. It would be really nice to have a check-list of things to focus on for a project like this. I like how you suggested repainting. That is definitely one way to freshen up your home for a pretty good price.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 21:39 pm

    My wife and I have been thinking about remodeling our kitchen. We have all kinds of ideas but we cannot seem to organize them. Your blog gave me a better idea of the direction we want to take. We will make sure to do a little evaluation before we decide on a re-model.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 20:53 pm

    I really appreciate these tips for preparing to remodel a kitchen. My husband and I are going to be redoing ours soon, and this really helps us know that there are things we can be doing now to help the process. I like that this suggests having a set budget before the remodeling process begins so that you won't accidentally overspend without realizing it. Thanks for the information!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 01, 2015 at 17:53 pm

    The info graphic was great! We are redoing our kitchen and will even be tearing out the walls, so we will need everything redone. Right now we are working on finding a contractor to hire, but we do know exactly what we want to do.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 03, 2015 at 05:37 am

    very helpful info graphic when remodeling a the above steps will be quite useful.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 05, 2015 at 15:02 pm

    We are planning on remodeling our kitchen, and extending it to increase the size. Whenever our family comes over for dinners, we can never fit everybody in the kitchen! This checklist is super helpful, and I will print one off to make sure that everything is accounted for. Hopefully that will keep us from being so overwhelmed with it all. Thanks for helping me prepare for this project!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 07, 2015 at 13:33 pm

    We just moved into a home for the first time this year, but we're looking at making a few changes next year, especially in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing the checklist on how to prepare for it. That should help us plan it out better. I'm glad that you included 'assess your needs'. We're remodeling so it suits us better, so we can't forget that and get caught up with cool features.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 08, 2015 at 17:32 pm

    My wife has been begging for us to remodel our kitchen. It is looking a little shabby and old. Your checklist wil make the planning process much easier. Thanks for sharing this.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 09, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I love the list of "Features to Consider." I found that really helpful. My wife and I are deciding to make some changes to the kitchen and I think this will help our decision with our counter top. Thanks for the advice!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 09, 2015 at 18:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing that infographic! I love the checklist for features. I feel like there are so many options and choices when it comes to doing a remodel that some can slip through the cracks, or it can be hard to remember what I've chosen for one thing when I am ready to choose the next. A list like that will help me keep it all organized!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 14:36 pm

    The checklist infographic is amazing. It will be very useful in the future during our next kitchen remodel. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Really very interesting blog in remodeling

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    This is probably the most perfectly compiled list of things to consider when doing a kitchen remodeling project. I especially like the Angie's list and think that it will come especially useful for when I remodel mine in the spring. Do you know of any really good examples of remodels? I would really like to look at some pictures so that I can see what I'm about to get myself into.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 20:08 pm

      Glad we could help you, Raylin! This website has some pretty comprehensive resources: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 20:37 pm

    I am going to be remodeling my kitchen soon, and I want to make sure I do everything right the first time. That being said, I really appreciate you letting me know how important it is to figure out the lighting and what I want to do with it all first. I'll definitely take a look at some designs and get a sense of what I'd like to have.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 20:10 pm

      We're glad to help, Brandon! Good luck on your remodel.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 03:09 am

    This is a really complicated process. My husband and I have decided to remodel our kitchen and it has been pretty stressful trying to prepare. We are both eager to do anything prior to beginning this project in order to make it a little easier. I will definitely be applying your helpful tips and I'll get started on cleaning soon, thank you!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Nov 03, 2015 at 17:14 pm

      We are glad we could help! Good luck on the remodel, and don't hesitate to call if you need any help.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Nov 03, 2015 at 21:16 pm

    That kitchen remodeling check list is so helpful-for any renovation it could be tweaked. Having a guiding list of things to remember and objectives to meet makes a complicated process much less stressful and much more fun!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Nov 04, 2015 at 16:30 pm

    I feel like the kicker here for us is "plan" for a remodel. About all we can do right now is plan for things that we want to get done by next fall before we list our home on the market. Thank you for some tips and ideas of what we can be doing to get ready for spring.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Nov 04, 2015 at 19:33 pm

      We're happy to help! Good luck getting your home on the market, and don't hesitate to reach out for help!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Nov 06, 2015 at 22:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing the infographic. I agree that considering the kitchen layout is important. We have been thinking about remodeling our kitchen for a while now. Hopefully, the plan we have will work out and turn out great.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 20:36 pm

      Good luck with the remodel!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Nov 06, 2015 at 23:54 pm

    I don't think I have ever thought about a kitchen remodel like this before. I know a lot of people just go in and start remodeling. It probably is a smart idea to have a plan and prepare for it so you know what you are doing. I like the list that you have. I will have to use something like this to help me out.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 20:35 pm

      We're glad to help you out! Good luck with your remodel.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 23:37 pm

    My parents are wanting to remodel our kitchen but aren't sure how. There are so many things that go into doing it right and they aren't sure where to start. This article has some good points that I think can give them a few ideas on what to do.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 16:58 pm

      We're glad we could help out! For the bigger questions, don't hesitate to call a professional. Good luck!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 22:21 pm

    My husband and I have been wanting to do some remodeling to our home for the past few years and we finally are working out all the details to begin the project. I am really excited to see where this project goes but I know that there are a lot of different things that we have to keep in mind as you have laid out above. One of my biggest passions in life is cooking so getting the kitchen of my dreams would be worth all the stress on so many levels! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 16:57 pm

      Sounds like you have a big project ahead of you! Kitchens are a powerful part of the home, especially when someone in the house loves to cook. Good luck!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 22:58 pm

    I liked that this infographic includes different features that I should have installed when remodeling my kitchen. Knowing all of my options will help make these decisions a lot easier. One of the main features that I need to look at are for a new sink. Having a sink that comes with a sprayer would come in handy when washing dishes, so now I know to include that in the list of things I need for my new kitchen. Thanks for the tips!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 15:32 pm

      Happy to help! Good luck with your remodel.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 20:16 pm

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to find a contractor who specializes in remodels for a kitchen renovation. My husband and I are about to start some kitchen renovations in the next few months. We still need to find a contractor, so we'll definitely look for someone who specializes in remodeling. Thanks for the great post!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 15:32 pm

      Glad to help! Good luck with your remodel. If you want to connect, feel free to give us a call at 507-645-8975

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 18:23 pm

    I loved the infographic you shared for Angie's list because it has a lot of helpful insights! That being said, it talks about how you should assess your needs, and I think that this is actually a really important step when it comes to remodeling not only your kitchen but your home too. When you are able to determine what things need to be prioritized, you will be able to plan your project more effectively and you'll be able to create a more accurate budget, too. Thus, when you address the needs first, everything else will fall into place. Thank you for sharing!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 18:18 pm

    I definitely agree with you, kitchen remodeling can be pretty overwhelming. We are thinking about changing things around. Your infographic was really helpful to look over! I feel a little better about the whole process now. Thanks for the help!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 15:30 pm

      So glad we could help! Good luck with your remodel.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 22:08 pm

    Awesome tips! Downsizing and cleaning up the area you're remodeling can really eliminate the cluttered and incomplete feeling of a renovation. Thanks for sharing.

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 22:27 pm

      Glad we could help! Thanks so much for the comment.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jan 05, 2016 at 20:27 pm

    My husband and I have lived in the same home for years and we are ready for a change in the kitchen. I like the idea you give of assessing your needs, choosing a project, and hiring someone that can help make your dreams a reality. I imagine that having help with these renovations will give us peace of mind and take away a lot of the stress that we would have doing it on our own. Thanks for sharing this!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jan 07, 2016 at 19:50 pm

      So glad we could help! Good luck with your remodels, and don't hesitate to call us with any questions 507-645-8975.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 20:25 pm

    Thanks for mentioning all of the different types of things I can do to in place of remodeling my whole home. Gutters can be a a pain to clean, but it's well worth it, and doing the little things around your garden can make all the difference in the world. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 15:15 pm

      A few small projects can make a huge difference! Glad we could help. Good luck with your projects!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 21:48 pm

    My husband and I are planning on renovating our kitchen, so I'm happy that I was able to find your post! I really liked the infographic that you have included in the article; it's very easy to understand. I especially like that it comes with a checklist of things that we can do to plan or prepare for our remodel. I'm going to print this off so that I can have it on hand while my husband and I get ready for the big day! I wouldn't want to miss a single detail, after all! Thank you for posting!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 15:15 pm

      Glad we could help! Best of luck with your kitchen renovation!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 17:39 pm

    I liked your comment about checking for roof damage. It makes sense that snow melt can cause water spots and damage. My wife and I are looking to remodel our kitchen, but we're thinking the funding might be better spent plugging up the leaks in the living room roof. We're still talking about it, but we think it got leaks from a heavy snowstorm last year. I think she'd like to see this post too. Thanks for sharing!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 15:12 pm

      Plugging leaks definitely ranks high on our priority list! Hopefully you can start a budget in 2016 so you can have your dream kitchen, too. Best of luck!

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 00:04 am

    Thanks for sharing this great post about the different things you should do when preparing for a kitchen remodel! I've been wanting to update my kitchen for a long time, so I'm excited to finally start planning the project. I'll definitely take your advice and list all of the goals I want to achieve with this renovation before I plan. Thanks for the great post!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 15:11 pm

      Glad we could help! Best of luck with your remodel.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Mar 08, 2016 at 23:42 pm

    My husband and I have decided to renovate our kitchen over the summer. We've never renovated anything before, though, so I'm happy that I found your article. I really liked the infographic you included in your post. I think it's great to have everything we should keep in mind during the remodel on one sheet of paper! I'll be sure to print it off and keep it close as we start the renovations. Thank you for posting!

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 20:50 pm

      Glad we could help! Best of luck with your renovation.

  • NCCadmin

    Posted on Mar 09, 2016 at 15:06 pm

    My husband and I are about to do a major home renovation and are definitely planning on remodeling our home. Thank you so much for providing this infographic from Angie's List! I really like how it lists features to consider and it makes me to really think about some of the things that I hadn't given much thought to, like lighting. What are some ways to make the lighting features in your kitchen unique?

    • NCCadmin

      Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 20:49 pm

      So glad we could be of help! One way to find unique lighting options is exploring a website like houzz.com. You can also opt for unique natural lighting, like sky lights or stained glass.

Leave a Comment