Finding the Right Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
At last, you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, and like so many others, you’ve decided to work with a kitchen remodeling contractor to do the job.
Before you leap in and hire the first contractor you find, there are plenty of things to review in order to choose a quality contractor who is a perfect match for your project. Below are tips that can help you in your search:
Go with a general contractor.
A specialty contractor works on one exclusive aspect of the project, such as installing tiles, while a general contractor tackles all areas of the project, from design to permits to inspections and the rest. This simplifies things such that you can just hire one company instead of many different contractors doing different parts of the remodel.
Do your homework.
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Get recommendations from friends, neighbors or colleagues, but don’t forget to do some Internet research as well. When researching local candidates online, consider, pay attention to what other people have to say about them. How long have they been working in the business? An established contractor who has been operating in the area for a minimum of five years must be good, or he probably won’t even survive the competition. Also check whether they are licensed and bonded.
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In general, you just want to be confident not just that you’re selecting a good contractor, but also that they are the best fit for your project.
Get several estimates.
Get at three estimates, but don’t automatically go for the cheapest one. Low rates can indicate poor workmanship and material quality. Consider both the results of your research and the estimates you obtained when making a decision.
Ask many questions!
If you ask many questions, you can appraise the contractor’s abilities more accurately. Here are some questions you may ask:
> How many kitchen remodels did you work on last year?
> Do I need a permit for my project, and if so, will you take care of it ?
> What types of insurance do you have? (They need to have full insurance, which should include liability as well as worker’s compensation).
> Do you have a group of skilled workers for specific jobs (electrical, tile work, cabinetry, etc.
> Will you be responsible for obtaining for building inspections and approvals?
> How long will the remodeling project take?
> How should I pay you?
> Do you offer a warranty and/or maintenance service once as soon as the job is done?
Have a written contract.
This document should include all pertinent details, such as contractor name and license, project start and end dates, a payment schedule, list of materials and corresponding prices, warranty information, and the rest. Finally, go through each and every line of the contract before actually signing it.