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:
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. 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 family and friends if they have ever hired with a good contractor in the past. Online reviews can be very useful as well.
Read online reviews, but stick to 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.
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.
Seek high-detail bids.
After finding a few good prospects, it’s time to ask for estimates. Talk to each prospective kitchen remodeling contractor and discuss your plans. Have them take a look at any blueprints you may have. Tell them the maximum amount you’re willing to spend and let them 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. 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.
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 finally, don’t limit yourself to just one prospect. If you consider at least two or three, you will have lots of room to make comparisons.