How to Find a Good Kitchen Designer
If you've never worked with a kitchen designer before, finding a good one to complete your home renovation project can be a bit of a shot in the dark. Where do you start looking? How do you know which companies are reputable and offer high-quality work? Below, we're offering insight into some of the best ways to find a good kitchen designer.
Houzz. Houzz has quickly become one of the best sources on the Internet for researching home design professionals of all sorts, and it's no wonder. Not only can you look at a firm's portfolio directly from the site, but you can also read past customer reviews and find contact information, too.
Angie's List. Angie's List is another excellent resource for finding out about the top remodeling and renovation companies in your area. They offer ratings, reviews, and even deals for professionals ranging from painters, to contractors, to plumbers and handymen, and all service providers listed on the site have been background checked.
Local Design Magazines. Check out your local and regional home and interior design magazines, and be sure to pay attention to more than just the features and editorial content. The advertisements can be a good jumping off point for your research, since they'll often feature a photo of the company's work, along with contact information, services, and awards and recognition the company has received. In Boston, check out New England Home, Boston Home, and Design New England.
Word of Mouth. Word of mouth might be the most old-fashioned referral tool on this list, but it can also be one of the most effective. If you have a friend or family member who can give you a suggestion, you're likely to get a lot more details about the service, pricing and products the company offers.
Once you find a few contenders, give them a call. Talking about the scope of your project, the company's offerings, and details like pricing and brands they offer will help you narrow down your short list and find the best kitchen design company for your project.