kitchen remodelingKitchen remodeling projects can be incredibly beneficial, not only for the immediate comfort and convenience of your home, but also because they will improve the overall value of your home. It’s estimated that about 69% of all home renovation projects include kitchen remodeling, and even small fixture repairs can produce a return on investment (ROI) of as much as 82%.

It’s understandable if you’ve been holding off on any kitchen remodeling ideas simply because you don’t know where to start, but you shouldn’t be scared to make a few improvements when you can afford it! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you out if you’re planning a home repair project and you want to fix up your kitchen a bit:

The kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in your house, so high-quality materials should be your top priority for everything from flooring to sink drains and disposals. Ceramic tiles are traditionally the go-to choice for kitchen flooring, although well-sealed hardwood floors provide a warm aesthetic to the room and are less likely to show stains from food, drinks, and dirt (so no one has to know how many times you’ve knocked over glasses of red wine). Hardwood floors are a little more costly up-front, but about 54% of all consumers state that they will pay more for a house with hardwood floors, so when you finally get ready to sell your house, this will have been one smart investment that never goes out of style.

It’s also very important to work with the space you have (unless you’re planning on expanding your kitchen during a renovation project). It might be tempting to stuff in as many new appliances and countertops as possible, but this is the easiest way to turn a cozy kitchen into a small disaster. Home design services can help you determine where appliances should be placed in order to leave as much room as possible, and your local plumbing services can help you determine where pipes and drains should be located before any construction starts.

Last but not least, remember that your kitchen should be a place where you feel comfortable hanging around in your sweatpants, but also a place where you love to host guests. The kitchen in any house tends to be the best gathering spot, and aesthetic quality is just as important as function and convenience.