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 and foremost, make a plan. Know what and how you intend to remodel. 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 people for referrals.
Great kitchen remodeling contractors get many recommendations from their former customers. Ask friends, family, colleagues and other acquaintances if they have worked with a contractor who’s been good. Online reviews can definitely help too.
Check out reviews on the Internet, but don’t veer way from legitimate consumer watchdog sites. Check out their social media profiles too, and especially read the comments.
Talk to references and check out BBB ratings.
When speaking to contractors, make sure you get their registered business’ official name. 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. As well, the BBB can show you how the issues or problems were fixed.
If you know their official name, you will also be able to check their licenses and find out what professional organizations they are members of in your area.
Seek high-detail 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. Have them take a look at any blueprints you may have. Tell them how much you’re happy to spend and make sure they give you a full quote.
To best compare those bids, ask every contractor to present all the details on the project’s labor and material costs, and all other costs incurred. Generally, your total cost will consist of 40% for labor, 40% for materials and 20% for the contractor’s profit margin.
Once you have a bid that you think is acceptable, you can begin the negotiation process. The contract has to be detailed and you need to be satisfied with it prior to beginning the project. And lastly, don’t restrict yourself to just a single prospect. With two or three potential contractors, you will have enough room for helpful comparisons.