Remodeling your kitchen can be costly, time consuming and stressful on your family, but it can also provide one of the best returns on investment for your remodeling dollars. A major kitchen remodel can bring in a 68% return on investment. Take some of the pain out of your kitchen remodel by breaking the process into five smaller steps:

  1. Start with a plan. When you just start going into your kitchen and tearing fixtures out willy-nilly, you might find yourself running dangerously over budget and over schedule. So take the extra time and money to create a good plan from the start, including a demolition plan, to save on headaches further down the road.

Your plan should be comprehensive and detailed — everything from the location of the refrigerator to which direction the cabinet doors will open to whether you need a spice drawer.

  1. Ordering. Cabinets and appliances are the biggest investments in your kitchen remodeling project. If you’re remodeling in stages, you can order them any time after the plans are complete and store them in a garage (away from moisture) or in a spare room until you’re ready to pull the trigger on the installation. Remember that it may take 4-6 weeks from the day you order them for your cabinets to be delivered.

Keep old flooring for cost savings. This works if your new cabinets match your old layout, so that the new cabinets fit exactly into the old flooring configuration. If the existing flooring runs underneath your cabinets and covers all flooring area, then any new cabinet configuration will be fine.

  1. Demolition. Here’s where the remodel gets messy. Old cabinetry and appliances are removed, and walls may have to be opened up for new electrical circuits. Keep in close contact with your contractor during this stage so you can answer questions and clear up any problems quickly. A major kitchen remodel can take 6 to 10 weeks, depending on how extensive the project is.

During this stage, haul your refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven to another room — near the laundry or the garage, for example — so you’ve got the means to cook meals. Consider tackling a big remodel in the summer, so you can use an outdoor grill for meals.

  1. Installation. If you’ve done your homework and bought key components in advance, you should roll through this phase. You’ve now got a (mostly) finished kitchen.


A high-end countertop and backsplash can be a sizable sum of money. If you can’t quite swing it, put down a temporary top, such as painted marine plywood or inexpensive laminate. Later, you can upgrade to granite, tile, solid surface, or marble.

Kitchen remodels can be a great way to improve your family’s quality of life and your home’s long-term resale value. Just be smart about it, and you’ll be in a gorgeous new kitchen in no time. More questions about how remodels can change your home’s value? Call Polaris Real Estate, an Indianapolis real estate company with your questions.