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 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:
Decide what you want.
Before anything else, come up with a plan. Decide what you want 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 willing to work with your plans, you know you have to bring your business somewhere else.
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. Check out their social media profiles too, and especially read the comments.
Talk to references and check 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. As well, the BBB can show you how the issues or problems were fixed.
By knowing their official name, you an also check their licenses and find out what local professional associations they are members of.
Ask for detailed estimates.
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 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. 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.
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.