We Can’t Afford To Pay Designers’ Fees!
Has This Happened To You?
#1: “Do I Need Someone To Help Me?”
That’s a great question! You may not need a designer if you’re:
Thinking about freshening up with a new color scheme
Painting your existing cabinets
Installing a new countertop and backsplash
Installing new flooring
#2: “When Do I Need A Designer?”
Do more than freshen up — new cabinets, new appliances, etc..
Change the layout within the same footprint.
Enlarge your bathroom or kitchen.
Help you select the right products for your budget and lifestyle.
Create detailed plans that follow codes and show all your decisions.
Refer you to qualified contractors and suppliers.
The third question will help you refine who to hire.
#3: “Can I Hire A Decorator To Help Me?”
- Decorators: People who can help with colors, furniture, window treatments, and accessories. They do not have the education, training, and experience with building systems to draft plans and specifications. They need specific technical knowledge to make recommendations that are best for you and your budget.
- Designers: People who have education, training, and experience. They can draft plans for a project. But they may not have the specific knowledge of products and codes to prepare detailed plans and specifications for your remodeling project.
- Kitchen-Bath Designers: People who have education, specific training, and experience related to remodeling. They can draft detailed plans and prepare specifications for contractors’ estimates and permits. Some kitchen-bath design specialists have become certified to prove their knowledge and dedication to help you. Get more information about these designers at the National Kitchen & Bath Association website.
- Architects: People who have the most education but may lack the training and experience to help you with specific details for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.
#4: “Okay,” you say, “I get it. But what is a kitchen-bathroom designer going to cost me?”
- Hourly rate
- Flat fee
- Percentage of the project cost
Jill Geisdorf of Chic on the Cheap was recently quoted on houzz.com, “No two projects are the same, and no two designers charge the same.” Bob Vila says, “Most independent kitchen designers charge by the hour with rates that can range from $65 to $250 an hour, and $125 to $150 is typical. If your designer charges by the hour, you’ll want an estimate of how many hours the designer expects your project will require.”
This system gives designers the most flexibility because they can charge whatever they want for every project. You must know:
- When the designer will expect payments.
- What percentage of the fee they’ll expect you to pay for each interval.
Percentage Of The Project Total
There’s A hidden “Gotcha.”
#5: “Why Are Designers So Secretive About Their Fees?”
- Designers do not want their competition to know what they charge homeowners.
- Months or years after the fee is stated, someone may demand that fee, creating a potential dispute.
You’ll have to call candidates to gather information, including how much they charge so that you can make an informed decision. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what and how they charge and be able to write it down on a comparison list? I’m going to give you a free chapter from my award-winning book to help you! You can get a copy of the chapter immediately by simply filling out the request form below. Filling out the form will also subscribe you to my friendly newsletter that’s filled with great information, remodeling hints and tips, and special offers.
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- Minor changes to the layout
- A private toilet room
- Two sinks
- Storage for all personal-care items and linens
- A whirlpool tub
- A large, separate tiled shower with fixed and personal showerheads, a shampoo niche, and a bench
- Dimmable LED lighting
- Powerful, quiet exhaust fans
Minor changes to the layout
New appliances (range, hood, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave oven)
Quality plumbing fixtures
New custom cabinets
Stone countertops and custom backsplashes
Dimmable LED lighting
Ventilation that complies with current codes
How much you pay a professional designer is going to be an essential part of your total investment. Their fee is only one aspect of your decision about who to hire. The relationship you have with your designer will last from the day you meet until after your project is finished. Therefore, it should be based on:
- Mutual trust and understanding.
- A common goal.
- Stellar communication.
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