As designers, we hear this question a lot but in return, we feel the question should really be: can you afford to NOT hire a professional designer?
We know what you’re thinking…a professional designer means big bucks. Hard-earned dollars that go towards a seemingly intangible product of something you could do yourself. After all, you have Pinterest boards and Houzz ideabooks.You have a vested interest and know what you like.
We hear you. Honestly, we do.
And ultimately you will do what is right for you and your project. Before you make a decision on whether or not to hire someone like us, we would like you to consider a few things:
How much is your time worth?
This is something most homeowners vastly underestimate. Even a seemingly straight forward project can run into complications. Are you truly available 24/7 to answer your contractor’s questions about general engineering or if the design needs some tweaking? Do you have the time to run through the project every time there is a hiccup or question? Time is money –both for you and your contractor.
What if you already know what you want?
Hooray! You are one step closer to having the kitchen/bath/home of your dreams! Now, how will you communicate that dream to your contractor? Do you speak the same language? What if there are other options that would make your dream that much better? Or your space more functional? Does your contractor know about them?
Benefits to hiring a professional designer
A professional designer is someone who will be your partner in the remodeling process. They will act as a liaison between you and the contractor, taking the pressure off of you. They “speak contractor” and will keep the project on time. They will make sure that the design is both functional and practical (do you really need the flame red backsplash that will be outdated before you sell the house?).
How to hire a professional designer
Ask for referrals. Talk to people. Interview different designers and ask to see their work (note: theirwork –not manufacturer brochures). There are many different types of designers just like there are contractors. While it may seem like a no-brainer to go with a “designer” from one of the big box stores, think again. Often times it can be difficult to get a hold of them and they may not work directly with contractors.
We invite you to come talk to us. Our initial one-hour consultation is free, design fees are spelled out and are often credited back to you once you place a cabinetry order