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Our Kitchen Wisdom page is here to answer your questions about all things kitchens, so write to us at rory@rckitchens.com. This week our topic is, Do it yourself or Hire a pro? What's cheaper? What's better?


edited May 10, 2013







Just about every home owner does one kitchen remodeling project over the course of their lives. But if you only do it once, how can you possibly learn what you need to know to choose wisely and make a sound investment? You can't. Really, you can't. You can become well informed, and gain a basic understanding of all the materials and services that go into making a kitchen, but you absolutely cannot become an expert in your spare time so you can manage your own kitchen remodel. Not if you want it done right and be sane when it's over.

When you need a doctor or lawyer you ask around, research, meet with and interview the people who've narrowed down, and hire the professional you believe will best take care of you. That decision carefully contemplated and taken, you relax knowing you've chosen wisely. Well, a kitchen designer won't save your life, or keep you out of prison, but he/she is a professional in a complex industry. If you want your kitchen project to go smoothly and deliver a great product that will last for years, you need a pro to help you. And just like you wouldn't consult medical textbooks after hiring a doctor, don't try to become an expert on kitchens. Just hire a trusted pro, and go back to enjoying your life. You might spend a little more than if you had done it all on your own, but if you value your time at all, hiring a good kitchen pro makes the project less expensive. And less frustrating. And when it's done it's done right.

What's the biggest difference between a homeowner job and a professionally planned and installed kitchen? Huge. When a kitchen looks really great, it's not an accident. It's the combination of precise planning and expert installation than makes everything fit and work properly. You're not likely to achieve that doing the work yourself. And if you think the 'designers' at a home center can plan properly, you're dreaming. There may be one or two capable designers out there at some home center, but by and large you will find unskilled people. The know only a tiny bit more than you. They are not the people you want to entrust your hard earned money.

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