Contractors usually charge by the hour for their labor plus the cost of materials. Contractors that understand the business know that fulfilling the needs of the customer is what gets the deal. Contractors can eat up a large portion of your budget. Contractors that specialize in kitchen remodeling are far more experienced in working with the kinds of plumbing, gas, and the electrical issues that can arise during a kitchen remodel.
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.
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.
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