It's important that the price bracket of your kitchen matches the price bracket of your home. There's no point investing £20,000 in a fancy new kitchen if your property is worth £200,000 – you just won't get your money back.
Equally, if your house is worth £700,000 or more, but you scrimp on the cost of renovations, you risk dragging the price of your property down.
DIY is a more cost-effective approach to home renovations, but it is not without risk. Before you begin your project, map out exactly what is required, how much of that you can do yourself and what, if anything, will need the skills of a professional.
If all you're doing is painting the cupboard doors or adding new handles, DIY may be the best route to take. But if your vision involves complex restructuring, like putting in new floors and surfaces or knocking through walls, it's probably better to enlist professional help.
Before you begin designing your new kitchen, consider the style and age of your property and ensure your new kitchen is in keeping with the rest of your home. A rule of thumb is to keep it simple, stylish and clean-looking.