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Some tips before you call a professional
Before you call a professional to help you with your kitchen remodel, here are some tips before you call a professional and about what to do.
Different types of professionals
There are different types of professionals to choose from based on the needs you’ll have. Kitchen designers, contractors, electricians, plumbers, and installers. So what and who do you need?
A big part of that answer will depend on how much you’re comfortable doing on your own and how much help you can afford. Most important, do your homework. Know your likes and dislikes and define your priorities.
For example, if a restaurant grade appliance is really important to you, you may need to spend less somewhere else.
Use free online program
One way to save is to do the initial budget planning yourself. I’ve recreated the kitchen using Homestyler which is a free online program that lets you design your kitchen in 2D and 3D. Let me show you how you can identify some of the key decisions you’ll want to consider before contacting a professional.
Before buying a thing for your kitchen, you can virtually build your kitchen. Try popping in different appliances, countertops, you name it. The possibilities are endless. You can try different layouts. Even explore different colors and finishes.
All your designs can save online. Then you can share the design with potential design professionals and contractors, so you can get more than one bid. Or print out your designs and take them with you if you meet in person.
Choose your contractor wisely. Ask your friends for referrals. Do call references, and always ask to see their license. A few final notes, consider time as well as budget. Things tend to take a lot longer than we allow. If you need permits, that will add to your schedule.
Know the construction rule in your area
And very important, check with your homeowner’s association to find out if there are any rules about construction. You need to know these before you start your remodel plans. Some of them can be pretty strict. Good luck building your new kitchen.