Choosing a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
Sometimes, the hardest aspect of a kitchen upgrade is picking the right contractor. To make sure you’re on the path to a great outcome, prepare to do some homework. So, the following are six things to consider before deciding to work with a certain contractor:
Define what you want.
Before anything else, come up with a plan. Decide which parts of your kitchen you’d like to remodel and how. Not only will having a plan make it easier to receive a correct estimate; you can also compare quotes more easily. If a contractor isn’t willing to work with your plans, you know you have to bring your business somewhere else.
Seek personal referrals.
Good kitchen remodeling contractors get lots of recommendations from past clients. Ask family and friends if they have ever hired with a good contractor in the past. Internet reviews can come in handy too.
Go over online reviews, but make sure you’re reading on a reputable consumer watchdog site. Take a look at their social media profiles as well, focusing on the comments.
Speak to references and find out 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.
With the official name of the contractor’s business, you will be able to search the Better Business Bureau for consumer complaints and other problems that contractor may have encountered previously. 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 detailed estimates.
After finding a few good prospects, it’s time to ask for estimates. Talk to every kitchen remodeling contractor on your list and discuss your plans with them. Let them take a look at any blueprints you might have. Tell them your budget limitations and be sure to ask for a full quote.
To best compare your estimates, ask each contractor to give you details on the costs for labor and materials and for all other expenses. Generally, your total cost will consist of 40% for labor, 40% for materials and 20% for the contractor’s profit margin.
After receiving a bid that you are happy with, you can proceed with the negotiation process. The contract should be detailed and you have to be satisfied with it before starting the project. Finally, don’t feel stuck with one prospect. Two or three will give you enough space for useful comparisons.