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Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Tips: Before You Call a Professional

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[Kitchen Design & Remodeling Tips: Before You Call a Professional]
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Hi, I’m Nadia Geller, interior designer for Homestyler.
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[Nadia Geller, Interior Designer] I’m here on location at the Bellato showroom in New York City
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with some tips about what to do before you call a professional
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to help you with your kitchen remodel.
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There are different types of professionals to choose from based on the needs you’ll have.
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Kitchen designers, contractors, electricians, plumbers and installers.
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So what and who do you need?
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A big part of that answer will depend on how much you’re comfortable doing on your own
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and how much help you can afford.
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Most important, do your homework.
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Know your likes and dislikes and define your priorities.
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For example, if a restaurant grade appliance is really important to you,
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you may need to spend less somewhere else.
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One way to save is to do the initial budget planning yourself. [www.homestyler.com]
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I’ve recreated this kitchen using Homestyler
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which is a free online program that lets you design your kitchen in 2D and 3D.
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Let me show you how you can identify some of the key decisions
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you’ll want to consider before contacting a professional.
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You can virtually build your kitchen before buying a thing.
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Try popping in different appliances, countertops, you name it.
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The possiblities are endless.
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You can try different layouts.
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Even explore different colors and finishes.
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Save all your designs online,
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then share them with potential design professionals and contractors,
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so you can get more than one bid.
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Or print out your designs and take them with you if you meet in person.
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Choose your contractor wisely.
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Ask your friends for referrals.
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Do call references, and always ask to see their license.
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A few final notes, consider time as well as budget.
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Things tend to take a lot longer than we allow.
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If you need permits, that will add to your schedule.
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And very important, check with your homeowner’s association
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to find out if there are any rules about construction.
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You need to know these before you start your remodel plans.
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Some of them can be pretty strict.
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[Before You Call A Professional]
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[Define your priorities]
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[Find licensed contractors with good references]
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[Learn about permits]
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[www.homestyler.com]
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Good luck building your new kitchen.
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I’m Nadia Geller.
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To start designing your dream kitchen today, go to homestyler.com.
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[To start designing today, go to www.homestyler.com]