1. Realistic Expectations
In an age where TV shows have done a good job convincing people that a quality kitchen and bath remodels can be done in a week and on a budget of $5000.00, it can be really hard to set realistic expectations for your remodel. Working with an experienced designer will allow you to discuss your wants and needs along with your timeline and budget constraints. A good designer should be able to give you a low to high end budget for your space and project a timeline for your project.
2. Product Knowledge
There are literally millions of choices when it comes to the products and materials that will go into your space. Cabinets, countertops, appliances, backsplash tile, flooring materials, plumbing and lighting fixtures just to name a few. Do you want wood or painted cabinets? Quartz or granite tops? Laminate, tile or LVT floors? Aside from making sure all the material colors and textures work with each other, your designer will be able to help you select from your plethora of options based on your needs and your budget. Designers have seen the good, the bad and the ugly and can help lead you towards the best products for you.
3. Trusted Networks
In remodeling, your experience with your vendors and contractors are the two things that will have the greatest impact on your experience. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that they can make or break your project. Working with a designer will give you access to their list of preferred vendors and contractors. When it comes to vendors and contractors, you want to work with people you can trust and working with a designer will get you just that.
4. Avoid Mistakes
While you may only remodel your kitchen or bath a few times in your lifetime, a designer sees dozens and in some cases hundreds of people through the remodeling process a year. Working with an experienced professional could help you avoid making mistakes that they have seen made before. Designers are trained to see all the potential problems a design could come up against and help you make informed decisions on your design.
5. Save Money
Kitchen and bath remodels are typically the most expensive renovations you will purchase for your home. They are an investment. Sometimes they are a real estate investment and sometimes they are an investment purely into enjoyment and comfort. While working with a designer will usually mean putting a little more money into your project (Home Advisor reports that homeowners can expect to spend 4% – 10% of their overall budget on design services https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/kitchens/remodel-a-kitchen/#breakdown) it also means that your project will be well planned and organized which can save you money in the long run.
At the end of the day, remodeling a kitchen or bath isn’t something you are likely to do many times in your life. Working with a designer will ensure you are entering into your remodeling project with realistic expectations and making informed and educated choices which will save you time, money and headaches along the way.