Tips for Finding a Hiring a Good Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
The most challenging part of a kitchen improvement project is finding a good contractor. To make sure you’re on the path to a great outcome, prepare to do some 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. Having a plan isn’t only going to make it easier to get a correct estimate; comparing estimates from different companies will also be a breeze. If a contractor isn’t happy to stick to your own vision for the project, then you have to start looking for other prospects.
Seek personal referrals.
Good kitchen remodeling contractors get lots of recommendations from past clients. Ask people around you if they have ever hired a contractor that they loved. Online reviews can be very useful as well.
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 talk to contractors, ask them for 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 will show you how the problems were resolved as well.
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.
Seek high-detail bids.
Once you’ve found a few good prospects, it’s time to make them submit bids. Meet with every kitchen remodeling contractor you’re considering and together discuss your plans. Have them take a look at any blueprints you may have. Tell them your budget limitations and be sure to ask for 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. Finally, don’t feel stuck with one prospect. Two or three will give you enough space for useful comparisons.