First, you will want to find the perfect contractor to tackle your project. Asking friends and neighbors for their opinions or recommendations is always a good place to start. Before you make any decisions, you should always check out a contractor's previous work. You should also try visiting a job that is in progress. This way you can have an idea of the results any given contractor will yield as well as how they conduct each project that they undertake. If you find the perfect company to tackle your project, it is likely that they may be busy with other projects. Be patient and wait it out. Ask for references and speak with past customers to get a sense of how the project may go.
Before you approach the kitchen planner, you should have a good idea of the layout that you want. Go in prepared. A planner can help you to maximize your space and your budget by utilizing a few tips and tricks, but you should go in with a scale drawing of the space, including all of the important aspects such as outlets, heating, doors, and so on. You should also have a list of everything that you want out of your design. Bring in pictures of designs that you admire or certain materials that you like. Figure out the layout that will work best for you and your family.
You will want to determine the budget and the timeline with your contractor before any work begins. You may be tempted to do the work yourself, but hiring a GC is always the smart decision. When you do hire a contractor, take the time to find the one that works for you. Don't commit to any GC if you feel uncomfortable for any reason. Kitchen remodeling is an investment, so take the time necessary to plan out the process from start to finish.