Between December and January is the perfect time to compile a list of New Year's resolutions. And, at the top of that list could be a kitchen remodeling project.

This room is one of the most used in the entire house, and a well-designed one can actually increase the value of the property substantially. Therefore, it is extremely important that homeowners consider this space when determining which improvement projects are worth the effort.

Before, during and after any renovation, a home inspection should be completed. This step is the perfect way for residents to feel comfortable with any major construction work.

Plan before picking up the first tool

Prior to getting started, homeowners should plan out their remodel project, according to HouseLogic. This is the most important part of the process, and it can reduce any complications and speed along actual construction. 

For starters, the existing kitchen can serve as a guideline for any possible changes. The size of the doors will dictate how big the new appliances can be, and any existing problems or inconveniences can be addressed. The unexpected should always be accounted for, as well. While something may go wrong, having a contingency plan in place will limit the financial impact.

Moreover, homeowners should always ask for help, the news source noted. There is no shame in calling in a professional to take a look, and a licensed contractor or other expert can help make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

Design ideas for a new kitchen

During the planning process, homeowners have to decide what to do with a new kitchen. A property inspection can be valuable at this time, because any faults or other issues can be identified, then either fixed or worked around.

According to HomeAdvisor's Andrea Davis, an MSN Real Estate partner, new lighting can be the perfect addition to any kitchen. General lighting includes lamps and dimmers, while other, more subtle variants can illuminate countertops, appliances and workspaces. A well-lit space will be more attractive for the current residents and potential buyers.

In addition, updating the appliances is a smart idea, Davis explained. The older the model, the harder it will be to sell. Instead, newer stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers can boost the value of a property. Add a fair deal of storage, and the new kitchen is on its way to being an attractive, loved part of any home.