Budget is, of course, the first consideration but prices are all over the board depending on what you'd like to do. Cosmetic changes are inexpensive: New countertops, sinks, faucets, lighting, appliances, etc. You can renovate your kitchen for as little as $5,000 in that case.
Where the BIG money starts happening is when you start tearing down walls, relocating electrical, etc. In other words, major renovations. Whatever you do, interview at least 3-5 contractors before making a decision. I'm a Realtor who owns my own renovation company called "Affordable Home Renovations." We can do large and small kitchen and bath updates, but definitely are not focused on anything major.
My advice is go to Angie's List and join if you're not a member. It's super cheap (I think around $50 per year) and it is the best resource around for any home improvement jobs. It'll be the best money you'll spend :-)
If I can help further, don't hesitate to reach out. Best wishes and Happy Holidays!
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC and Affordable Home Renovations
2. At least three should be sufficient. Make sure they have insurance and a license. The license should be on file with the local government - town, city or county.
3. Ask for references.
4. Then discuss the work you want done. The time frame, etc.
5. In that discussion, ask how any upgrades will be accomplished. For instance, will any re-plumbing done? Plumbing costs money.
You're off to a good start.