Tips for Finding a Hiring a Good Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
Sometimes, the hardest aspect of a kitchen upgrade is picking the right 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:
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. 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 for personal 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. 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.
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.
Using the official name of the contractor’s business, you can search the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that the contractor may have dealt with in the past. 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 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. 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 quotes, ask all contractors to lay down the details of your labor and material costs, as well as 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 getting a bid you are comfortable with, you can start the negotiation. The contract should be detailed and you have to be satisfied with it before starting the project. 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.