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  • Antoinette Prinsloo

Kitchen Specialists vs. General Contractors

Finding the right company for a kitchen remodel might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some of the things you need to consider when choosing between a kitchen specialist and a general contractor. It might just make the difference between complete confidence in the project or sleepless nights.

Expert opinion should be sought out

There are dozens of new products are launched every month in the industry, making it nearly impossible for someone not in the industry to keep up. A professional kitchen designer attends trade shows and visits regularly with manufacturer and product representative so they can stay on top of the latest products available. From your appointment to your installation, a kitchen specialist will have years of experience and can offer you an elevated level of expert advice.

Save yourself the time and stress

When you hire a professional kitchen designer, you only have to tell them what you want and the rest is taken care of for you. You won’t be responsible for finding and talking to manufactures and contractors, arranging deliveries, shopping for materials, etc. Experienced designers have long-lasting relationships with suppliers and manufacturers that a general contractor will never have. A professional kitchen designer will have a schedule to follow so your project will be done in a timely manner.

Quality products and services

There is nothing worse than paying thousands upon thousands for your kitchen remodel only to have it fall apart on you after only a short time. The quality of goods and services increases as the prices increase. Too good to be true price could mean low-grade products and hasty installation. A general contractor may offer you a cheaper price, but what have been cut or left-out of the quotation? Be aware of lower quality or inferior products, finishes and accessories. Likewise, additional cost added onto the final payment. It is also important that the same person or company, who designs your kitchen, installs it. If you don't and mistakes are made, installation costs quickly go way up. A professional kitchen specialist products and workmanship is backed by their guarantee.


A general contractor typically cannot offer you the same reliability that a professional can. A kitchen specialist will have more resources to prove that their work is certified and reliable. A professional specialist would have referrals, testimonials and a large presents in the media (social, website, advertisements, listings, etc.) They would also offer guarantees on their products and services, providing an even higher level of reliability.

Customer Service

With a project like kitchen fitting, there is chance that there will be complications along the way. When hiring a general contractor, most of the responsibility would fall on you. Often, issues may not manifest themselves until after the work is notionally complete, and the general contractor has moved on to other jobs. Thus, by appointing a kitchen specialist who is happy to return to follow-up on their work and make right anything that may have happened since the work finished.


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