Undergoing a remodeling task can be a tough job, even if it is only a portion of the house. Oftentimes, it’s the kitchen that gets the remodeling around the house, and trying a DIY kitchen remodeling can sometimes turn into a disaster if not well thought-out or planned. The best way to go about with a kitchen remodel task is by hiring a professional kitchen designer.
However, hiring a professional kitchen designer is not as simple as it may seem. There are things that needs to be carefully considered in order to successfully hire the right kitchen designer for the job. Here are a few things you need to know before you start hiring a professional kitchen remodeling designer:
Consider the budget you have for the project
Hiring a professional kitchen designer can sometime be quite expensive. Make sure you plan out carefully the budget you have for the project and work around it without overspending. This means having a proper budget on the construction, materials, and a designer. Coming up with a reasonable budget can sometimes be difficult due to the varying prices of materials needed. The general rule of thumb is the budget for a complete remodeling of a kitchen should be around 10-15% of your home’s value.
Always get a certified kitchen designer
The market for professional kitchen designers have already been saturated to a certain, however not all of them are certified designers. Yes, you may save more on designer fees when you hire a kitchen remodeling professional without any certifications, but quality of work may not be as guaranteed. A certified kitchen designer has undergone rigorous training and lessons to have enough knowledge to help you effectively with how you want your kitchen to be remodeled.
Experience and track record is important
When hiring for a kitchen remodel designer, it’s always best practice to check previous works done by potential candidates. You can set up a meeting with potential candidates you want to hire and have him or her discuss the scope of previous works, or you can ask for a portfolio you can look at for reference. If the designer or the contractor has been in the business for quite some time now, chances are they have had previous clients they worked with before.
You can try interviewing individuals who have worked with your potential candidate and ask for references regarding their style, work ethics, attitude, etc. This will greatly help with your decision on hiring a kitchen remodel designer.
Always put everything in writing
Unfortunately, there will be designers and contractors that will try to oversell in order to get a project. Once they’ve landed the contract, they will underperform and will probably not do all the things they promised they will do especially if it is not included in the signed contract. This is why it is very important to have everything in writing, even the smallest details. This will make sure that everything you have agreed upon with your kitchen remodel designer will be accomplished when the project starts.
Clarify how the dynamics of the work will be
Oftentimes, the kitchen designer will work with your contractor to get the job done on remodeling the kitchen. But there are designers who have preferences on the contractors they want to work with or have their own contractors. Before signing any contract or hiring a kitchen designer, clarify how the work dynamics will be in terms of the contractor that will manually do the work for the kitchen remodel project.