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Why Hire a Pro?: The Benefits of Hiring a Certified Professional
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is stressing the importance of hiring a certified professional for kitchen and bath remodeling projects.
Because the magnitude and complexity of these projects are well beyond the typical weekend do-it-yourself job, a higher level of expertise on product, design and installation is needed. Certified NKBA professionals provide insight into design options and technical necessities that homeowners wouldn’t necessarily think of on their own.
Moreover, while cost is a major concern for most homeowners, the services of certified professionals typically represent just four percent of a project’s total budget.
Professionals certified through the NKBA must maintain specific requirements to ensure they are always at the forefront of industry knowledge and standards. NKBA-certified members have the following qualifications:
- In-depth kitchen and bath industry experience, including proven knowledge of kitchen and bath design, as well as construction, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems
- Expertise in NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines and Access Standards
- Continuing education hours which enable them to remain up-to-date on building codes, safety and environmental regulations, and new products
NKBA certified professionals can hold one of three titles: Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD®), Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD®), and Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD®). Each title is classified by a different level of industry experience and knowledge. When choosing a professional for a remodeling project, homeowners must consider the level of difficulty of their projects and the type of professional they wish to collaborate with.
“Hiring a certified professional for remodeling projects is a must,” says NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “While DIY may sound good on paper, homeowners are rarely prepared for the amount of work behind a remodel project; professionals can provide much-needed insight into technical regulations and design innovations that most clients aren’t even aware of.”
Certified professionals have an “engineer-type” mentality, notes Darcy, which couples aesthetic judgment with practicality and safety. “They understand the components ‘behind the wall’ that enable the space to function properly and efficiently, while still maintaining sleek design.”
Hiring a professional may also help avoid higher costs down the road. “If the project is done incorrectly the first time,” adds Darcy, “homeowners will spend even more money hiring a professional to fix it.”