Choosing a 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, below are six considerations to make when deciding to hire a contractor:
Be clear about 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 contractors don’t want to stick to your plans, you know it’s time to look elsewhere.
Seek personal referrals.
Good kitchen remodeling contractors get lots of recommendations from past clients. Ask friends, family, colleagues and other acquaintances if they have worked with a contractor who’s been good. Online reviews can be very useful as well.
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 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.
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. The BBB can also let you check how well the issues were resolved.
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.
Ask for detailed estimates.
After finding a few good prospects, it’s time to ask for estimates. Talk to every kitchen remodeling contractor on your list and discuss your plans with them. If you have any blueprints, show them. 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. 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. The contract should be detailed and you have to be satisfied with it before starting the project. And finally, don’t limit yourself to just one prospect. Two or three will give you enough space for useful comparisons.