Kitchen remodel questions
Do I need a building permit to remodel my
In most cases yes. If the project will cost more than $ 5,000,
involves structural modifications or electrical or plumbing modifications you must have a building
Does a kitchen remodeler need to be a licensed general
the kitchen remodel price is more than $ 30,000, the contractor must be a licensed general contractor. Even
if the price is below $ 30,000, a licensed contractor is well versed in building codes, has passed stringent
requirements and must maintain financial stability. The piece of mind a qualified professional provides is
valuable regardless of the cost of your project.
Do the national “big box” chains offer the best
No. In most cases national chain stores are 10-30% higher
than independent remodelers. Contrary to common beliefs, the large chain stores pay the same price for
products and labor as local independent dealers. They must then add on a massive mark up to cover their huge
Should a kitchen designer have NKBA
Would you feel comfortable if your doctor had 1 day of
training? “Big box” store “designers” receive one day of training on CAD software and are then transferred
from the garden department to the kitchen department.
NKBA designers spend many hours in design training, attending
product education and must enroll in continuing education. They must pass certification exams and maintain
ethical work practices.
Why can’t I have the
renovation work done without a permit? Who is going to know?
If you have work done by a licensed and professional
contractor, he or she is not going to want to jeopardize their state license by completing unpermitted work.
Unlicensed firms are not able to obtain permits. This may seem fine at the moment, but having work done in
your home without a permit when it is necessary will come back to haunt you later on.
First, if a permit is required for your home renovations, it is illegal to
complete the work without one. Secondly, work that is done without a permit is not inspected by a
certified inspector. Building inspectors work on your behalf to make sure the work is not only done
correctly, but does not pose any safety or life-threatening issues. Lastly, when it comes time to sell your home,
potential buyers will need to be notified of any unpermitted work that has been done in the home. You may be
tempted not to disclose this information, but it is illegal not to. Besides, most buyers will have a home inspector
look for things like unpermitted renovations before they purchase a home. If they hired a sharp home inspector, the
inspector will be able to tell just by looking up property records what permits were pulled and for what. Most of
this information is public record and is quite easy to obtain.
Allen David Cabinetry is a state licensed general contractor
with only NKBA trained designers.