You spend so much time in your home’s kitchen, so you want it to look great. Whether you are redecorating to list your home for sale or are simply tired of the dated appliances and cabinets, you have to think before you jump into a remodeling project in your kitchen. To ensure you stick to budget, consider these simple strategies.

Choose one area

Flooring and appliances are probably the most expensive, but also bring back the greatest resale value. If you can only choose one, consider which is older in your home, the costs of installation, upkeep, and also what buyers are looking for (if you are selling your home). You don’t have to do everything for the kitchen to look ‘modern.’ Choose the area which needs most work and focus your efforts on doing that work well.

Hire appropriately

You shouldn’t hire a crew of 20-contractors to install new flooring in a 5 sq. metre kitchen space. Nor do you need to hire a technician which charges 200 pounds per hour to drop off your new refrigerator and plug it in. Look for deals. Consider a tradesperson instead or choose companies which offer free shipping and installation when you purchase new appliances or flooring. There are deals out there, you simply have to know where to find them. The best way to make sure you are getting the best price is to do some online research into the costs of renovating your kitchen.

You can also do smaller projects. Painting the walls can liven up a space for a very low cost. New drawers, new cabinets, or adding new window panels, can also help open up and bring your kitchen together. Think outside of the box when remodeling your kitchen. You don’t have to spend thousands of pounds to improve the appearance, but you have to know how to pick your battles, to choose which areas need the most work, especially when you’re on a tight budget.