Many homeowners have a difficult time creating an accurate budget and sticking to it. This is where a skilled contractor can guide the client to a happy remodel.
It is nearly impossible to come up with a real budget when the prices of products and the labor required to install them are not known. An experienced and skilled contractor can suggest alternative materials that may look the same but cost a great deal less, due to less installation time and other factors.
However, the homeowner can do their own preparation:
Create a two column list, one column of what is most important, and the other for wishes.
Determine how much you can afford to pay for the remodel. This is what the contractor has to meet or beat.
Think about what style you want the kitchen; this may be more important to some, less so to others, but everything should coordinate, so it helps to have a concept of the overall style. General options are: Modern, Traditional, or Transitional.
Kitchen cabinets take up most of the budget and the wall area, so they are extremely important. If designed well, they can add efficiency and convenience.
Countertop selection is another highly visible element in the kitchen. There are selections for every budget; but consideration should be paid to ease of maintenance and use, as well as the obvious, appearance!