Updating your kitchen isn't just exciting and fun -- it's rewarding, too. In fact, an estimated 70% of all kitchen remodeling costs are recouped upon resale. So, how do you get the most bang for your buck?

Whether the decision to remodel your kitchen is made with the intention of raising your homes marketable value or to heighten the personal and sentimental value of your home, upgrades to the kitchen are ever more appealing to the eyes of potential buyers or guests. The decision to remodel will always be a great investment. Studies show that even simple remodels, including only cabinetry and counter tops have a return value close to 92.9% of what you put in. If you have made the decision to remodel for personal interests, to heighten the quality of your home life, your return will reflect on how satisfied you are in the end, in other words, how much you really "love" your kitchen.

Don't settle for less than you deserve. Often times kitchen remodeling companies will tell you that a certain feature you were hoping to have installed in your new kitchen is not only unreasonable but impossible. Every kitchen is as unique as it's owner and years in business have taught us that all dreams can be realized, whether they be design related or otherwise. Typically, if you are being told that something you want cannot be done for you, you are dealing with either a lazy contractor or a very limited one that is more concerned about his own interest. These omissions and adjustments imposed on you by your contractor often lead to dissatisfaction and regrets once everything is said and done.