1. Take your time: The biggest mistake you can make is jumping into a kitchen remodel without doing the proper planning. This can be particularly tempting when Ikea is having one of its kitchen sales.
2. Be meticulous: Do your research. Take exact measurements. Design the layout. Decide on flooring, appliances and countertops, and make sure you check lead times on all materials. Whether you are doing it yourself or hiring someone, you need to make sure that you have what you need when you need it.
3. Make your mess first: First demolish the existing kitchen, then update the electrical and the plumbing. And before you install Ikea cabinets, make sure your ceiling and floor are finished. Unlike other cabinets, which go in before the floor is finished, Ikea cabinets sit on adjustable legs, with toe boards that clip on so they are easily removable. This means that moisture can find its way under the cabinets; exposed subflooring will only lead to problems down the road.