There are several places online you can go to help you establish a basic budget number to start with. My personal recommendation is Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report which is released by region and major city each year. The really nice thing about this report is that it gives a description of the "average" project so that you can gauge if your kitchen remodel is going to fall above or below the benchmark. I also find their average pricing to be an accurate reflection of the pricing for our company, so by recommending to clients before I even meet with them that they investigate this report they are more likely to establish a realistic budget we can work within to give them a fantastic kitchen.
A qualified kitchen remodeler will lay emphasis on good lighting effects and ventilation in the kitchen. He will look into the plumbing, storage capacity, appliances, sanitation, cabinetry and electrical details with perfection, leaving no room for any pitfalls later. Keeping your ideas and needs in mind, a concerned kitchen remodeling contractor will offer expert suggestions for your benefit. He will ensure your kitchen will be properly functional before beginning the project.
It is imperative you see the credentials of a kitchen designer before hiring them to redo your kitchen. A certified kitchen remodeling designer, unlike an interior decorator, should have passed some tests conducted by an organization such as the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). With a qualification like this under their belt, the designer is abreast with the latest technologies, trends and accessories needed to revamp your kitchen. You can search online for reputed designing companies or individual contractors. The kitchen designer, if asked, should be able to give you reliable references of previously completed projects.
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