Do you want to change your kitchen? After all, changing your oven, refrigerator and countertop isn’t rocket science. And then the basics of a modern kitchen haven’t changed much over the past fifty years … Yet think again if you say this to yourself: on the contrary, materials and technology have undergone great transformations. Of course, preparation, cooking and cleaning remain the unchanged activities of the kitchen. But they have been optimized. And these optimizations can precisely be suggested to you by a kitchen designer. Without the contribution of an expert in the field, you could therefore miss out on a lot of ideas, tips and novelties. Here are 8 tips to help you make the best choice when deciding on a kitchen designer.
Who is qualified to be your kitchen designer?
There are a lot of people who claim to have the skills to design a kitchen. However, their skill levels vary. Here is a list of professionals who can design and install your kitchen:
The interior designer
Interior designers have excellent technical skills, but not all of them have the specific knowledge to help you specifically create the kitchen of your dreams.
The furniture seller in kit form
Of course, sometimes you will deal with salespeople, but in some stores there are professionals who specialize in kitchen design and installation.
The specialized store
The signs are numerous. It’s up to you to move around to see which one might suit you best. Entry, middle, high-end, go get an idea by going directly to the site or by taking a look beforehand on the brand’s website or on its social networks.
Whatever the hourly cost of a freelance kitchen designer, they may very well end up saving you money by helping you get the best prices.
On what criteria should you choose your kitchen designer?
With so many brands, so many choices of styles and finishes and so many so-called unbeatable discounts, how do you decide who to turn to? This is a really important question. Do your research, and take your time to think, to decide what to expect from your new kitchen and therefore from the kitchen business that you want to approach and who could eventually install your new kitchen. So what are the best practices to follow in this area?
Choose a long-established kitchen designer with a good track record. It is customary to say that many new start-ups fail in their early years. So ideally find an established kitchen designer, why not for at least 5 years, or even for more than 10 years.
Ask for recommendations
Testimonials are very important and every kitchen designer worth their salt should be able to show you recommendations from happy customers. Likewise, search the Internet and you will quickly find reviews from satisfied or dissatisfied customers. Rely on consumer forums. You will quickly know which kitchen designers to avoid or favor!
Do not multiply intermediaries
Give preference to kitchen designers who work “live”. This gives you savings and peace of mind. Knowing that if something goes wrong, it will be easier to fix the problem without any intermediary getting in the way.
Do not give in to the sirens of reductions
A large reduction is not so much if the original prices are already high. Assuming you can compare products with identical, it is the final total price (including installation) that counts. So shop around and don’t pick a company just because they are doing discounts – there are many reasons for discounting and not all of them are good. It could be an old stock to sell, an unpopular product line, shoddy kitchens, a company in financial difficulty, etc.
A kitchen designer’s experience level and design skills are very important if you want a custom kitchen that is unique or if you are very specific in expressing your needs. The same is true if you have a room that is a bit quirky or unusually shaped, with irregular walls and angles. Besides asking about their experience, the only way you can find out how effective they are is to compare their projects with those of other competing kitchen designers and take a look at the final installations at the customer’s location.
To get an idea, the best is still to see the finished product or failing that samples. If kitchen designers can’t show you samples of the actual materials or finishes you want – if you can’t see or smell them – there’s a chance what you get isn’t what you wanted. Or it may be that your project is delayed simply because the kitchen designer will not be able to have what you see ordered.
Take an interest in the design software used
These days, it’s normal to see pictures of your new kitchen in action before you’ve had it installed. Look at the software used by your kitchen designer. Your designer should use the latest kitchen design software and be fully able to design to your specific needs. This is a service provided by almost all kitchen designers.
Follow your intuition
If you get along well with the kitchen designer, if you had a wide choice, if you had complete answers to all your questions and if you liked the advice given, if you like the proposals made to you and if according to you this kitchen designer there and the most able to answer your request, so go there with confidence.