The main benefit you receive from hiring a kitchen designer is that you work with a professional who understands and knows designs like the back of their hand. If you want your kitchen to come out better than expected or with a design that encompasses everything you wanted, a kitchen designer is the way to go. They are going to understand the measurements, the functionality, the form that you need when you explain what you want in your kitchen and what you don't have right now.
We've actually had several prospective clients choose not to go with us, and they admitted regretting it later because they chose someone less affordable and less knowledgeable and professional. It's that 'ol saying, you get what you pay for.
I suggest doing your research. The best type of kitchen designer would be one that's also a General Contractor. This way you are getting a one-stop-shop. If they are like our business, then they have all the products and resources you will need to do the entire project and you don't have to worry about a thing! Now, that's worth paying money for!
I question prospects if they have time time to manage all the subs it requires to do a remodel. Some don't. You should also have remodeling knowledge or awareness to Quality Control those subs and know whether they are doing accurate work or not. You will also have to rearrange your schedule at times because subs have changes in theirs. You will also have to go to several different stores to get all the materials you need.
It's a lot of work to do a remodel. Most of the time, it's not JUST the kitchen designer that is needed but the whole crew unless of course your "Uncle Bob" is a contractor. Then you can save money and go with him. Most people don't have an "Uncle Bob" though.
I would stick to these tips when questioning whether to work with a designer or not:
1. Is your kitchen simple or complex in terms of the design you are thinking of?
2. Do you know exactly what materials to get and where things should go for functionality?
3. Do you have the time to go searching for these things and purchase them?
4. Are you going to regret not getting the absolute kitchen of your dreams now that you are spending the money on it?
5. Are you a good multi-tasker and have patience for dealing with subs?
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