Why you should not purchase a kitchen at Lowes or House Depot –

Owners usually use residence facilities like Lowes and The House Depot to design their kitchens and to purchase cabinetry. I’ve usually defended residence facilities as not a nasty place to work with in case you are designing a kitchen and also you do a great job discovering essentially the most skilled residence heart designer in your space. And opposite to what many individuals consider each Lowes and The House Depost promote nicely made cupboards if they’re upgraded as wanted.

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Nonetheless resulting from a mixture of poor selections made on the company degree, I now really feel that notably Lowes, but in addition The House Depot, are poor areas to design and to purchase a kitchen. I’ll clarify intimately under:

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The company surroundings at residence facilities has at all times been at odds with the what’s required to design and promote complicated kitchen renovations. Previously, residence heart kitchen designers labored round firm insurance policies that hindered doing their job successfully. The explanation for the shortage of assist by residence heart administration is that designing kitchens could be very totally different from retail gross sales.

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Designing and serving to arrange a kitchen development mission requires quite a lot of data and expertise. In contrast to promoting retail merchandise the place solely a restricted data of the merchandise you promote is required, designing kitchens requires much more experience. Data of complicated kitchen cabinetry, countertop specs, kitchen design, and of all varieties of development is a should. Due to this very often kitchen designers at each residence facilities had been payed in keeping with division managers.

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As time has passed by residence facilities have continued to lower what they’re prepared to pay kitchen designers and each Lowes and The House Depot have tried to restrict their duty in designing and managing kitchen renovations. For instance each areas not enable the particular person designing your kitchen to ever see your own home, or measure your kitchen. Each residence facilities additionally lately determined to not design or set up kitchens that take away load bearing and even non load bearing partitions. Even supposing over half of all kitchen renovations at present contain eradicating a wall. This coverage is smart while you determine to not make use of good kitchen designers, because it limits your legal responsibility.

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Lowes, specifically lately made certain that no skilled kitchen designers would work for them. About 5 years in the past Lowes eradicated fee for his or her kitchen designers. At the moment, their greatest designers earned double their wage in commissions, so to keep away from an entire worker stroll out Lowes agreed to extend the wage of their skilled kitchen designers by 50% of their commissions from the earlier 12 months. So a designer that may have made 70Okay was instantly making solely $52,500.

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Fundamental Line Kitchen Design’s cellphone rang off the hook with kitchen designers searching for work following this merciless determination by Lowes Company. Shockingly final month Lowes advised all these kitchen designers nonetheless working for them that they had been going again in time and lowering their pay by the 50% they gave them 5 years earlier than. So now a designer that may have been making 70Okay in 2014 now makes 35Okay. This ensures two issues. First that no good kitchen designer will proceed to work for Lowes and second that any skilled kitchen designer nonetheless working for Lowes might be insensitive to their prospects wants and indignant with their employer.

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The House Depot has been much less aggressive of their devaluation of the kitchen design occupation however they’ve continued to undermine it, and below pay their designers. Designers can not measure their kitchens, transfer partitions and doorways as wanted, and even take duty for his or her designs. Contractors are anticipated to confirm all measurements and take duty for any discrepancies. House Depot kitchen measures that had been as soon as fairly detailed and took over an hour are actually routinely below 20 minutes.

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Lowes and The House Depot additionally proceed to have disingenuous gross sales. Pressuring prospects to purchase now or miss a sale that’s manufactured regularly. These gross sales drive closings on kitchens usually earlier than it’s smart to be ordering. And residential facilities are usually not lower than 5% from their rivals in worth, even with gross sales. The truth is, they’re typically dearer. Cupboard pricing from an unbiased cupboard vendor have to be comparable, when the unbiased vendor carries the identical cupboard traces.

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IKEA

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The profitable kitchen cupboard market has lured different retailers apart from IKEA resembling Costco into promoting kitchen cupboards. However once more, with out the good thing about a real kitchen designer. As is so usually the case, greed and a lack of understanding is harmful.

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Kitchens are far too costly and complex to not have knowledgeable kitchen designer advising you on the essential selections you must make throughout an in depth renovation. And investing in a poor kitchen design can’t solely waste cash, it could actually really devalue your own home. Shopping for poorly made cupboards like IKEA is not even cheap, as many higher constructed import traces can be found. IKEA has additionally lately downgraded their cupboard development making them a very poor alternative in kitchen cabinetry.

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For my part, working with residence facilities when renovating a kitchen is not smart. Listed here are a few of our associated weblog posts:

https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/basic/the-customer-that-almost-bought-their-kitchen-at-lowes/

https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/basic/the-10-x-10-kitchen-and-why-the-linear-foot-price-for-cabinetry-is-a-lie/

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Wishing a Blissful Thanksgiving to all our prospects and weblog readers.

. . . and naturally. . .

Bon Appetit!

Paul