When to Hire a Professional Remodeler
Planning to remodel your kitchen or bathroom so you can sell your home? Don’t go at it alone – hire a professional remodeler. Because the magnitude and complexity of these projects are well beyond the typical weekend do-it-yourself job, a higher level of expertise on product, design and installation is needed, says the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
“Hiring a certified professional for remodeling projects is a must,” says NKBA President Maria Stapperfenne. “DIY sounds good on paper, but homeowners are rarely prepared for the amount of work behind a remodel project; professionals provide much-needed insight into technical regulations and design innovations that the client isn’t even aware of.”
Certified professionals have an “engineer-type” mentality which couples aesthetic judgment with practicality and safety, notes Stapperfenne.
“They understand the components ‘behind the wall’ that enable the space to function properly and efficiently, while still maintaining sleek design.”
While cost can be a concern, the services of certified professionals are not out of reach. Typically, professional fees represent about 4 percent of the total project budget. And, “if the project is done incorrectly the first time, a client will spend even more money hiring a professional to fix it,” adds Stapperfenne.