New NKBA Study Details Kitchen and Bath Design Fee Practices

New NKBA Study Details Kitchen and Bath Design Fee Practices

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  • Only half of the dealers whose annual sales volume is less than $500,000 report that they currently charge design fees. By comparison, more than three-quarters (76%) of the dealers with an annual volume between $500,000 and $999,000 currently charge a design fee, while a solid 55% of those dealers with annual sales volumes of $1 million or more charge design fees.
  • Dealers who sell predominantly custom (62%) and semi-custom cabinetry (68%) are much more likely to charge a design fee than dealers who sell predominantly stock cabinetry (44%). Those selling primarily custom cabinets command the highest design fees, according to the survey - an average of $957, compared to $711 for semi-custom firms and $590 for stock firms.
  • Breaking the survey results down by region, 72% of the surveyed dealers in the West reported that they currently charge a design fee. By comparison, 67% of the dealers in the South, 62% of the dealers in the Midwest and only 53% of the dealers in the Northeast said they charge design fees for their kitchen and bath jobs.

    However, dealers in the Northeast reported that they receive the overall highest design fees (an average of $1,084). By comparison, dealers in the Midwest and the West receive an average of $809 and $816, respectively, while the South trails other regions considerably - with dealers getting an average of only $634.






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