Kitchen renovations or remodelling may seem daunting to you. Knowing this, we have devised a list of 11 questions to ask your kitchen designer. Follow these questions below and you will find that your kitchen renovation or remodeling project will be a smooth and enjoyable process:
Credentials – Can I see photos of your work and referrals from past clients?
Warranty – What is your warranty period? Make sure it’s 10 plus years. What about the hardware? Reputable kitchen companies will offer a lifetime warranty on hardware used e.g. hinges and drawer runners.
Manufacturing – Do you have your own factory or is the manufacturing contracted out?
Custom made or standard sizes – Companies with their own factory should custom make cabinetry so you will get a design made just for you. Other companies only use modular units, and have set sizes for cabinets, cabinet depth and bench top heights.
Insurances – Can I see your insurance certificates? These include product and public liability, workers’ compensation plus HIA insurance (a legal requirement).
Licensing – Can I see your kitchen renovation licence?
Doors – What will the back of the doors look like? And how are the edges finished?
Cabinets – Do you make your cabinets out of High Moisture Resistance board? This is particularly beneficial for areas that can get wet, such as bathrooms.
Pantry – Does the pantry come with cut away shelves or drawers to roll out? If you are having a step in pantry – does the company provide a stainless steel tread?
Pelmets – Do you make under cabinet soffits to match the door colour? Are the work lights concealed by a neat light pelmet?
Trade work – Is all trade work included in the quote, including:
Just remember to choose a kitchen designer and company you feel comfortable working with, as a kitchen renovation or remodel is an investment in your home. Given the kitchen is the focal point of a home, don’t compromise on quality and design just to save a few dollars.