Most people get several quotes when shopping for a new kitchen. How do you know which one to choose? Each kitchen designer uses a completely different quote format. Quote A has a price for each cabinet. Quote B has 12 line items for each, with a 27% discount on half of them. Sound familiar? Comparing kitchen quotes can be really difficult without any experience. Here’s a simple guide to help you navigate the process.
Use the Same Kitchen Layout
The first step is choosing your new layout. Make sure you have the same layout for every quote. Changes to the floor plan can change the price by 30% or more.
Assessing Cheap Quotes
Cheap kitchen estimates are rarely a good thing. Usually, it means that the warranty is subpar, the craftsmanship is poor, the materials aren’t durable, and the fixtures may not match. Low quotes are also associated with uninsured installers and no liability insurance. Also, be wary of a company asking for a large down payment – if they’re in bad financial shape, they could be using your money to pay for overdue invoices and debts, leaving them to borrow the resources for your job.
If your design quotes are very different, start by looking at surfaces. Just because both quotes include a grey countertop doesn’t mean they are created equal. Better materials can dramatically increase the price of your new kitchen.
Your cabinets are the most expensive part of your kitchen. Quality is critical here. Good cabinets are durable, sturdy, and functional. At Pedini Seattle we believe that cabinets should be functional and deeply personalized. We offer hundreds of high-quality cabinet surfaces to choose from:
- Thermostructure Eco Woods
- Nano Technology smart laminate
- Lacquer (Glossy, Matte, Microtextured, Oxidated Metal, Antique Metal)
- Glass, Back-painted Glass (Glossy & Matte)
- Wood Veneer
- Stainless Steel
This allows for a unique look that enhances your lifestyle and aesthetic. It goes without saying that Pedini surfaces can be more expensive than mass-produced surfaces from a home-improvement chain store. Make sure you compare cabinet surfaces ‘apples-to-apples’. Also, be willing to ask how much your surface choice will affect the total price.
Countertops are the working surfaces of your kitchen. It’s critical to choose a material that’s suitable for your lifestyle. This means a more durable material if you have children. When you’re getting quotes, check that the countertops are using the same materials. Pedini has dozens of surface options available including:
- Fenix Laminated
If you have 2 kitchen quotes that both include marble, ask for details about the marble. No 2 slabs are created equal. High-end Italian kitchens are more likely to include thoughtful choices that are sure to satisfy your expectations.
Many surface materials are proprietary and difficult to compare. In this case, ask your kitchen designer for details about the material. Don’t be afraid to ask when competing materials are comparable.
When you’re designing or remodeling your kitchen, your floor needs to be considered. It may or may not be included in your kitchen design quote. If it is, make sure to compare the materials used. There’s a big price difference between hardwood and vinyl plank. Certain stone and tile patterns are more expensive than others. This is usually due to the complexity of the design, the rarity of materials, or quality of construction.
Comparing Kitchen Accessories
What are Kitchen Accessories? Some high-end kitchen designers, like Pedini Seattle, include custom built-in accessories to personalize your kitchen. Some examples include:
- Spice racks
- Cutlery and cookware organizers
- Wine racks
- Dish organizers
- Glass organizers
- Power strips, outlets, and USB chargers
- Under-cabinet / in-cabinet motion sensor lighting
- Pantry organizers
- Accessory drawers
- Garbage, recycle, and compost bins
Most people are accustomed to purchasing these accessories from third-party companies and adding them to their kitchen. It’s hard to notice when you don’t know any different, but these accessories never integrate properly with your kitchen. They will always stick out, look out of place, not match, and make it difficult to have a functional kitchen. Pedini Accessories will completely change the way you use your kitchen. For this reason, we often include accessories matched to our clients’ lifestyles. If the same accessories aren’t available in both quotes, you have to consider the cost of getting custom accessories designed and installed for the other kitchen.
Comparing Kitchen Warranties
A warranty adds a lot of value to your kitchen design. When you’re spending tens of thousands of dollars, you need to ensure your investment. In a kitchen project, there can be multiple warranties involved. This is simplified when you choose one kitchen designer to handle everything.
Pedini offers a 10-year warranty on manufacture and assembly. This will cover all of the Pedini components in your kitchen, which should be nearly all of them. If you choose 3rd party appliances, lighting, etc. then additional warranties may apply.
Make sure that your kitchen warranty covers both manufacture and assembly. A worst-case scenario could involve the contractor making a mistake and disappearing, leaving the kitchen maker to blame the contractor and deny your warranty claim. Pedini Seattle hand-selects our installers so we can warranty the installation too.
Contractors and Installation
A big hidden cost in kitchen design is the installation. Many quotes will only include the design and purchase of materials, making it look like a better deal. In reality, you’ll need to spend thousands more on a contractor to install it.
We work with contractors that are familiar with our kitchens. This helps ensure that the installation will be done properly and on-time, avoiding any uncertainty or mistakes.
Also, check your quotes to see if the kitchen designer is recommending a kitchen installer/contractor. Similar to an architect, you want them to work with a builder they trust. Doing your due diligence here will help you avoid setbacks and finger-pointing.
When you commit to purchasing your new kitchen, you’re going to want it right away. Some kitchens are pre-built and can be delivered and installed quickly. High-end custom kitchens like Pedini are often built-to-order and can take several weeks for building and shipping, then installing. Make sure you talk to your kitchen designer about a realistic time frame. We always tell our clients it’s worth the wait to get a better, more personalized project.
Designing your new kitchen is no easy task. Take your time with it and get what you really want. You and your family will spend more time in your kitchen than anywhere else in your home. Investing in a personalized kitchen will pay off 3 times a day for 10+ years. When you’re comparing several kitchen design quotes, pay attention to material choices, construction, accessories, lead times, contractors, and warranty. If you have any questions about comparable items, don’t be afraid to call up your designers and ask for clarification. Kitchen design is a very complex and rewarding profession – we’re always happy to share our knowledge with you.