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Sponsored content: Helpful Hints for New Kitchen Shopping

Are you thinking of plunging into the wonderful world of remodeling your kitchen? It can be both fun and stressful at the same time. We've listed some helpful tips, and hopefully this will make your transition easier!

1. Pictures! Take pictures of your existing kitchen — kitchen designers need a visual of the space you are working with.

2. Take basic measurements of your existing kitchen — even if you are planning on a new layout, removing walls, or relocating appliances — basic measurements are still needed.

3. Draw your kitchen with the measurements — this does not need to be an architectural rendering or museum-worthy artwork — just a basic drawing of your kitchen layout.

4. On your drawing: mark the locations of your sink, stove and refrigerator; measure and mark any doors or windows in your kitchen.

5. Have some ideas in mind like color, style and functions you want in your new kitchen. Do you want trash cans inside of the cabinets? Wine rack? Spice rack?

6. Visit a few different companies that offer kitchen remodeling, cabinets, countertops, etc. Take pictures of styles you like ... you will see so many different styles/colors, taking pictures will help with your final decisions.

7. Planning a realistic time frame is essential. It is important to remember that during your remodel you will be without a fully functioning kitchen for a period of time, so preparation is very important!

8. BUDGET — this is a big expense — so having some sort of budget in mind will save you time (and money)! Be open with the companies you visit to get kitchen estimates and let them know your budget up front. This saves frustration with everybody involved.

These helpful tips should put you on the right track to getting an estimate for your kitchen remodel. With so many options available, it is best to shop as an educated consumer. Make sure you know what you are getting for your money — a "great deal" may not always be what it seems.

Good luck!

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