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Know the different types of kitchen designers. If you're ordering cabinetry and more through a national chain or other retailer, there likely will be designers on staff who can help you plan. The main advantage: Often, there's no additional cost for their services, although some charge a percentage of the total sale or work under another fee structure. Other designers work independently at an hourly or per-project rate. Because they're not affiliated with a particular store or brand, they can sometimes be more objective about materials.
If you choose an independent professional, ask for recommendations from friends and others in your community, and browse the Houzz professionals directory or the National Kitchen and Bath Association website for reputable designers in your area.
In any case, request to see examples of the designer's previous work and ask for client references in order to ensure that he or she is a good match for your needs.