Power of the Professional – National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) MN Chapter
The housing market is booming, with more and more homeowners choosing to remodel, build new, and redecorate. Because of this boom, qualified designers and builders with an eye for design, a great sense of style, and years of experience are having to postpone projects. It’s important not to hire just anyone for your project, though. You want a professional. Here’s why:
It’s estimated that there are over 2 million open jobs in the construction industry, leaving room for less experienced workers (or workers with no experience) to market themselves to consumers to make a quick buck. Doing a tile job once in your own home does not prepare you to go out and start doing tile jobs for clients. Same thing goes for framers, contractors, designers … you name it! Unlicensed professionals are less likely to pull the necessary permits and to do the job right.
What to ask before hiring:
- How many years of experience do you have?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- What other local professionals do you work with?
- Do you have a portfolio of past work?
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Aside from the logistics of running a smooth project, a professional in the industry can often find better deals on quality products, thus saving you time on repairs and changes in the future. It may seem more expensive than what you’d find in a big box store, but most professionals offer warranties on their work when they’re installing products that they can stand behind. Products from the same brand may seem exactly the same to the naked eye, but the inner functions of many items are built different—which is why those big box stores and online sites can offer such big discounts. Using trusted housing professionals to direct you to reliable showrooms will always be the best bang for your buck!
A certified kitchen and bath designer has been trained in the design and build of kitchens and baths. They know good design vs. average design, code requirements, pros and cons to materials and brands, and details about drafting and planning. They can also provide a client with a list of trusted professional contractors who have a proven track record of good work.
The NKBA Minnesota Chapter houses members from all aspects of the housing industry and offers a guide to local professionals that are qualified to handle these projects. You can find them locally at www.nkbamn.org or on the national site at www.nkba.org!
Katie Kurtz, VP of Communications, NKBA-MN Realtor|Renovator