Choosing a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
The most challenging part of a kitchen improvement project is finding a good contractor. To make sure you’re on your way to satisfying results, you need to do a little homework. So, below are six points to look into as you choose a contractor:
Be clear about what you want.
First off, create a plan. Decide which parts of your kitchen you’d like to remodel and how. A plan will not only make it easier to obtain an accurate estimate, but comparing quotes can also be done more easily. If a contractor isn’t happy to stick to your own vision for the project, then you have to start looking for other prospects.
Ask for personal referrals.
Great kitchen remodeling contractors get many recommendations from their former customers. Ask people around you if they have ever hired a contractor that they loved. Online reviews can definitely help too.
Check out reviews on the Internet, but don’t veer way from legitimate consumer watchdog sites. Also check out the contractors’ social media profiles and spend time reading comments.
Call references and determine BBB ratings.
When you call prospective contractors, let them give you the official name of their registered business. Current customers will be able to share their personal experiences, and subcontractors can give you red flags, like late payments or cutting corners by using low-quality materials.
The contractor’s official business name will help you search the Better Business Bureau for complaints that they may have experienced with clients before. The BBB can also let you check how well the issues were resolved.
When you know their official name, you can find out whether they have a valid license and if they belong to certain professional organizations in your area.
Ask for well-defined bids.
As soon as you’ve found a few contractors you find impressive, it’s time to get estimates from them. Talk to each prospective kitchen remodeling contractor and discuss your plans. Let them take a look at any blueprints you might have. Tell them how much you’re happy to spend and make sure they give you a full quote.
To best compare your quotes, ask all contractors to lay down the details of your labor and material costs, as well as all other expenses. In general, labor makes up 40% of your total costs, materials, another 40%, while the rest is considered for the profit margin of the contractor.
Once you have a bid that you think is acceptable, you can begin the negotiation process. Be sure that the details in the contract are complete and that you’re satisfied with it before you start the work. And lastly, don’t restrict yourself to just a single prospect. Two or three will give you enough space for useful comparisons.