Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Decorating and Design
Invest in Your Kitchen
Before remodeling, consider these planning checklists for the best return on your dollars and your dreams.
Choosing a Professional
- Review portfolios, and ask the professionals to show you remodels similar in scope, style, and cost to your project.
- Discuss fees up front. Typically, designers charge a consultation fee, a flat fee, an hourly fee starting from $100, or a combination of pricing methods. Obtain all final quotes for your project in writing, and beware of lowball estimates. If one bid is substantially lower than the others, chances are something wasn’t included.
- Check references.
- Investigate licensing. Not all states require licenses. Check NASCLA.org for contractors or ASID.org for interior designers.
- Trust your instincts. You’ll be working with a designer for three to six months during a major remodel. If you don’t click
with a potential designer or contractor, it’s best to find another.
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