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Our Kitchen Wisdom page is here to answer your questions about all
things kitchens, so write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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