"People often put the cart before the horse," Maykut says. "The homeowner decides to renovate without first defining the goals of the project." Don't let this happen to you! At the outset, be sure to pinpoint the ways in which your current kitchen lets you down. Perhaps there's too little storage, not enough counter space, or an inefficient layout. Or maybe you've never had—but always wanted—an eat-in kitchen. Given the sheer number of details at play, Maykut strongly advises working with an experienced pro. One advantage of working with Sears Home Services: Expert coordinators walk you through every step of the process, from the initial planning stages to the final installation day.