How to Pick 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, the following are six things to consider before deciding to work with a certain contractor:
Decide what you want.
First and foremost, make 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 contractors don’t want to stick to your plans, you know it’s time to look elsewhere.
Ask people for referrals.
Good kitchen remodeling contractors get a lot of referrals from their previous clients. Ask people around you if they have ever hired a contractor that they loved. Internet reviews can come in handy too.
Go over online reviews, but make sure you’re reading on a reputable consumer watchdog site. 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. Present customers can tall to you about their personal experiences, while subcontractors can give you warning signs, like using low-quality materials or cutting corners with the job.
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. Meet with every kitchen remodeling contractor you’re considering and together discuss your plans. Let them take a look at any blueprints you might have. Tell them the maximum amount you’re willing to spend and let them give you 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. As a rule of thumb, materials should make up about 40% of your total cost, another 40% goes to labor and the rest is for the contractor’s profit margin.
After receiving a bid that you are happy with, you can proceed with 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. If you consider at least two or three, you will have lots of room to make comparisons.