Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Tips: Before You Call a Professional



► Nadia’s kitchen remodeling tips – what to do before you call a professional

○ Doing your Homework
– Make a budget
– Define your priorities
– Ask around
– Research online
– Know your restrictions

○ Being Thorough with Contractors
– Be upfront with your expectations
– Contact your local Better Business Bureau to make sure your contractor hasn’t had complaints
– Create a list of questions and makes sure your contractor can answer them
– Read the fine print
– Learn about permits to double check your contractor

More Tips
○ Decide how much help you need/want
There are different types of kitchen remolding professionals to choose from based on the needs you’ll have: designers, contractors, electricians, plumbers and installers.

A big part of deciding what pros you’ll need is based off of how much you’re comfortable doing on your own and how much help you can afford.

○ Define your priorities
You have to do your homework to determine what your likes and dislikes are and define your priorities. You want a restaurant grade oven and refrigerator but you also need to hire a plumber and an electrician. Knowing where your priorities are can help you decide where to best spend your budget and where you can comprise when you need to hire a pro.

○ Use kitchen design software to save money and find the right professionals
Using a design program, such as Homestyler, allows you to visualize your kitchen remodeling ideas before buying a thing.
In addition, you’ll determine the initial budget planning yourself which will save you money that you can use for appliances or hiring pros.

Save all your designs online, then share them with potential remodeling professionals and contractors, so you can get more than one bid.

○ Find licensed contractors with good references
Choose your contractor wisely. Ask your friends for referrals. Do call references, and always ask to see their license.

Remember to print out and share your kitchen design so you can get the most accurate bids from the professionals you are looking to hire.

○ Learn about permits and your home owners association
Remodeling a kitchen tends to take a lot longer than we allow. If you need permits, that will add to your schedule. Also, you will need to be familiar with any construction restrictions your home owners association has. Those restrictions can increase the time (and costs) it takes to complete your kitchen remodel as well.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Tips: Before You Call a Professional

Doing your homework before you interview and hire a professional can make your kitchen remodeling project go more smoothly. Try using online design software, like the free* Autodesk Homestyler, to help you visualize your kitchen remodeling ideas and see them in 3D. Then save and share your thoughts as you meet with potential designers, contractors and other pros. Professional designer Nadia Geller gives you a few essential tips to get you started.

*Autodesk Homestyler is a free online service that provides access to home design software created by Autodesk. Free products and services are subject to the terms of use that accompany them.

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32 Comments

  1. Howdini
    August 26, 2010
    Reply

    Remember Homestyler is free – have fun with designing your dream kitchen! Check out the link in the description.

    Thanks for watching!

  2. Lynn Bechard-Hulley
    August 26, 2010
    Reply

    Uggghh, I don't like the "hanging dead fish" design in the background!

  3. JoanJoan1997
    August 26, 2010
    Reply

    Our kitchen is so small, I wish we had a bigger kitchen. Ours is like a walk in closet.

  4. Howdini
    August 27, 2010
    Reply

    @kevico2 Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  5. Howdini
    August 27, 2010
    Reply

    @ajhersi Your welcome!

  6. Howdini
    August 27, 2010
    Reply

    @JoanJoan1997 Right there with you Joan

  7. Howdini
    August 27, 2010
    Reply

    @SkreetGil It's not for everyone – thanks for your comment! 🙂

  8. Howdini
    August 27, 2010
    Reply

    @lindavero4 Thanks! 🙂

  9. Lynn Bechard-Hulley
    August 27, 2010
    Reply

    @HowdiniGuru I'm glad that you're not offended and that you'll accept positive or negative feedbacks/comments. Do you have any designs with bars? I love grapes and wine bottles/glasses arts sketches etc… Thank you for posting!

  10. Howdini
    September 17, 2010
    Reply

    @pooldige You're welcome!!! 🙂

  11. Howdini
    September 29, 2010
    Reply

    @bluedevil497 Thank you!

  12. David Guerra
    May 2, 2011
    Reply

    Great video! You should add to contractortube. com

  13. Yb K
    August 14, 2011
    Reply

    This could help many people, sir.

  14. Contractors Bidding
    December 9, 2011
    Reply

    contractorsbidding find local residential and commercial contractors, with remodeling locate inexpensive renovation and repair services in your local area, find top rated residential and commercial contractors in your local area, design, find local cleaning companies in your local area, find home improvements projects in your local area and state, outsource your deck and fence installation service.

  15. jairo cuautle
    January 31, 2012
    Reply

    hi nice video and thanks for the link

  16. Alejandro Magaña
    April 13, 2012
    Reply

    These tips are on the money. It is all about detailed planning.

  17. Howdini
    April 20, 2012
    Reply

    Thanks for watching! 🙂

  18. Mixer Direct
    June 11, 2012
    Reply

    I used homestyler when we remodeled our kitchen. It was a helpful little tool and helped us visualize the new layout much better.

  19. Howdini
    June 14, 2012
    Reply

    Thanks for chiming in with that tip! 🙂

  20. kitchencabinetvalue
    June 25, 2012
    Reply

    More great tips. We often refer people who are undecided about the direction of their kitchen remodel to these videos. Once they are grounded in what they need to consider and make some initial decisions, selecting cabinets goes a lot faster.

  21. Howdini
    June 28, 2012
    Reply

    That is great. Thanks for the referrals. There is way more that going into this than most people think. Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment.

  22. Mixer Direct
    July 26, 2012
    Reply

    Great tips. I appreciate you sharing.

  23. Howdini
    July 27, 2012
    Reply

    Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for watching! 😉

  24. Hotfizzards.
    October 19, 2012
    Reply

    I'm trying to use the software and I have NO IDEA what I'm doing. I told the software to show me what to do and its still not working right.

  25. GottaShopIt com
    May 17, 2013
    Reply

    Budgeting is very important before you start your kitchen remodeling project.

  26. Howdini
    May 25, 2013
    Reply

    Absolutely! 😉

  27. Peter Dans
    December 1, 2013
    Reply

    thanks for the tips…, nowadays is not easy to find good reliable kitchen remodeling contractor

  28. Hriczo's Construction, LLC
    October 3, 2014
    Reply

    Great tips for consumers! Most of the time I have calls from people who never did any remodeling project. Starting involvement in the process increses responsibility and make things flow easier for both side.

  29. ProMasterSolutions
    October 21, 2014
    Reply

    Excellent and nicely done! Thanks for sharing this.

  30. Hannah Freeman
    October 12, 2015
    Reply

    This really helped! Thanks!

  31. Golden Acre Renovations
    October 30, 2015
    Reply

    Excellent tips, thank you! #GoldenAcreRenovations

  32. Indiana Contractors
    August 17, 2016
    Reply

    #Contractors Bidding Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for watching! 😉 @GottaShopIt com

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