The kitchen is the heart of the home. Renovating your kitchen can enhance its aesthetic appeal, improve functionality, and increase the value of your home. Here’s your ultimate kitchen renovation checklist to guide you through the process. 


Step-By-Step Kitchen Renovation Checklist

Define your goals

  • Identify purpose
  • Set a budget


  • Get design ideas
  • Choose your cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances


  • Search online or ask for contractor referrals
  • Verify licenses 
  • Get estimates 
  • Hire a contractor

Create a timeline

  • Develop a realistic project timeline
  • Set up a temporary kitchen 
  • Take photos to compare “before” and “after”

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Step-by-Step Kitchen Upgrade Guide 

Step 1: Define Your Goals

Identify Purpose

Having a clear purpose is crucial for a successful kitchen renovation. Define what you want to achieve with your kitchen, whether to create a more functional space, improve the aesthetics, or increase the resale value of your home. 

If you want to sell your home, focus on areas with the highest ROI, such as countertops, cabinets, and flooring. On the other hand, if you’re going to live in your home, focus on what matters to you and your family. 

Set a Budget

Kitchen renovation can get super expensive. If you don’t have a budget for the project, there’s a high chance you go overboard. 

Look around your kitchen and see what works and needs to be changed. For example, if there aren’t enough storage spaces, add some. On the other hand, if the cabinets are in good shape, you can just give them a fresh coat of paint instead of replacing them. 

Once you decide what needs an upgrade, list them down. It can be anything, from faucets and lights to countertops and flooring. Estimate the price of each item and check if it’s within your budget. If it exceeds, make some compromises so you don’t go into debt. 

Things won’t always go as planned, so allocate at least 15% of your budget for unexpected expenses. 

During the project, ask the contractor for material purchase receipts and maintain a record of total labor costs. If charges seem higher than expected, don’t hesitate to question them. Strict financial management is crucial to building your dream kitchen without breaking the bank.

Step 2: Inspiration

Get Design Ideas

There are various places to get design ideas for your new kitchen. 

  • Take a look at newspapers and home improvement magazines
  • Browse home improvement websites
  • Go through home improvement or kitchen renovation Instagram pages 
  • Explore Pinterest for kitchen styles

Save or take a snap of kitchens that match your style preferences and functional requirements. 

Choose your Cabinets, Countertops, Flooring, and Appliances

Once you get design ideas, you should decide what cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances to install. 

  • Cabinets: Start with choosing cabinets because they take the longest time. Different types of cabinets include wood, laminate, glass, and veneer. There are also various cabinet doors like shaker-style, slab, raised panel, recessed panel, mullion frame (glass), open frame, beadboard, louvered, and inset doors. 
  • Countertops: The countertops should match your cabinets for a complete look. Different types of countertops include stainless steel, quartz, quartzite, Dekton, marble, concrete, ceramic tile, and soapstone. 
  • Flooring: Ceramic tile, natural stone tile, concrete, hardwood, vinyl, vinyl plank, and cork are different flooring options. Match the material of the countertops and floor if possible.
  • Appliances: GE, Samsung, LG, and Bosch are some popular kitchen appliance brands. As for materials, stainless steel, matte, gloss, and slate are the options. Don’t forget to match your sink with the rest of your kitchen.

If you don’t know what to select, your contractor can help you. So, don’t worry. 

Step 3: Research 

Search Online or Ask for Contractor Referrals

There are two ways to find contractors: searching online and asking for referrals from your family or friends. 

Search Google for the best contractors in your area. Go through reviews from sites like Google, Yelp, and Angi, and choose companies with at least a four-star rating. Also, it’s best to prefer contractors with at least five years of experience. 

Verify Licenses

You should only work with licensed contractors. Before hiring a contractor, check their license number on your state’s contractor license verification website or call your county or city building office.

It’s also important to verify that the contractor has general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. General liability insurance covers your property in case of any accidental damage. Workers’ compensation insurance covers the cost of any injuries to the workers while working in your home. 

Get Estimates

Once you shortlist contractors, try meeting them in person because they will work in your home for long hours over many weeks, and you should feel comfortable with them. 

Next, explain your requirements to get accurate estimates. You can also request photos of similar projects and references from previous clients.

Hire a Contractor

Select a contractor who offers the best value (not price) and meets your needs. The contract should include the start and estimated end date, total project cost, a clear payment schedule, and specifics about what is and isn’t included. 

Step 4: Create a Timeline

Develop a Realistic Project Timeline

Working with a timeline helps avoid delays and extra costs. List down each step of the kitchen renovation project, from securing permits to final inspections, to ensure the project stays on track. Add some buffer days for unexpected delays. 

Set up a Temporary Kitchen

Kitchen renovation takes time. Set up a temporary kitchen and dining space during the remodel. A small table, plug-ins for appliances, and a sink are all that you need. If you have an outdoor kitchen, you can use it to cook and dine inside your home. 

Take Photos To Compare “Before” and “After”

Take some photos to compare your current kitchen with the new one. You’ll love it!


Kitchen Remodeling Project: Before and After

Why Hire Us? 

Family Interiors is among the top home renovation companies in San Diego. If you’re in San Diego county and want to renovate your kitchen, here’s why you should hire us: 

1. Experience and Professionalism

We have over 45 years of experience in interior remodeling. You can rely on us for all your kitchen renovation needs, from major overhauls to minor updates. We are transparent with our pricing, communicate clearly, and complete the work on time, which is the reason why we stand out as the best interior remodeling company in San Diego. 

2. Licensed and Insured

We are licensed to serve throughout San Diego county and have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. 

3. High-Rating

We are among the best interior remodeling companies in San Diego, and our ratings prove that. We have over 4.5-star ratings across various platforms, including Google, Yelp, and Angi. If you want client references, we can also provide you with that. 

4. Free In-House Estimates

Unlike other contractors, Family Interiors pros visit your home in person and come up with a quote depending on your needs. So, our estimates are more accurate, and you can rely on them to prepare your finances. If you’re on a tight budget, we can provide you with suggestions to cut down costs without compromising the quality and appearance. 

We also provide a detailed time before we begin. 

5. Attention to Detail

We know details can make or break the look of your kitchen. From initial planning to designing to finishing touches, our pros always exceed expectations. Again, our ratings show that. 

6. Custom Solution 

We understand not all kitchens are the same. Our pros work closely with you to understand your requirements and design a kitchen that meets your preferences and lifestyle.


Stunning Before and After of Kitchen Remodel


    How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

    The average cost of renovating a 150-square-foot kitchen ranges from $11,225 to $37,500, depending on the materials and labor costs. The price will be significantly lower if you don’t change cabinets, flooring, or countertops. 

    How long does a kitchen renovation take?

    Small projects like painting cabinets, finishing the floor, upgrading lighting, and changing faucets can be completed in a week. On the other hand, updating the entire kitchen can take a month or two, depending on the scope of your project.  

    What are the common kitchen renovation mistakes to avoid?
    • Not selecting the right contractor
    • Inadequate budget
    • Overspending on unnecessary features
    • Inadequate storage space
    • Low-quality lighting
    • Using cheap materials
    • Changing plans midway
    How can I make my kitchen more energy-efficient?
    • Install energy-efficient appliances
    • Use energy-efficient lighting like LED
    • Seal gaps around doors and windows
    • Use energy-efficient windows
    • Install a ceiling fan to improve air circulation
    • Run your dishwasher in full loads

    The Final Word

    Kitchen renovation can be exciting, but only if you carefully plan and execute the project. Working with a reputed and experienced contractor like Family Interiors will make your life a lot easier. We guarantee!