Home remodeling projects can offer a great resale value. But, where to start?

The No. 1 most popular room in the house for remodeling is the kitchen. Updating a tired kitchen is one of the wisest methods, and a tried-and-true one, of increasing the value of your home.

When planning a kitchen remodel and making design decisions and selections for plumbing fixtures, appliances, cabinets and countertop materials, you must determine whether you are prioritizing your own design aesthetic or the return on your investment.

Either priority is perfectly acceptable, but you should understand which your priority is, or a balance between the two that you can feel good about.

A kitchen remodel doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. For the budget conscious, consider giving the kitchen a facelift, rather than a full remodel.

This could include replacing the faucets, updating cabinet hardware or applying a fresh coat of paint. These are not huge changes; however, this cosmetic update can feel and look like a brand new kitchen.

If you are ready for a bigger change, upgrading your countertops, installing a new backsplash, and upgrading the appliances might be the way to go.

Another option is to add an island, or just upgrade or change the countertop on an existing island.

If you are ready for a complete kitchen remodel you still have choices. You can just do a cabinet reface, choose from ready-to-assemble cabinets, ask for a semi-custom design, or go with full custom cabinetry.

Once the kitchen is done, the next room to consider is the bathroom.

Homebuyers notice bathrooms when looking at listings. Although all the bathrooms are important, a priority should be placed on the powder room and master bath, followed by a guest bathroom and any other secondary baths.

The same steps are to be followed as in a kitchen. First, consider a quick facelift. This could include replacing the fixtures, knobs and faucets; upgrading the countertops; add new lighting and a simple fresh coat of paint.

Before you do anything, though, know that it’s best if you don’t do it alone. A professional will be able to help fine-tune your remodeling plan, offer tips and advice and, maybe even recommend some ideas you haven’t already considered.

Sharon Loccisano is a sales designer and commercial Sales professional at Prestige Stone Inc.