How to Pick 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:
Decide what you want.
First off, create a plan. Decide what you want 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 people for referrals.
Good kitchen remodeling contractors get lots of recommendations from past clients. Ask family and friends if they have ever hired with a good contractor in the past. Internet reviews can come in handy too.
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.
Talk to references and check out BBB ratings.
When speaking to contractors, make sure you get their registered business’ official name. Existing clients can tell you about their personal experiences, while subcontractors can provide red flags, such as driving down costs by using substandard materials.
With the official name of the contractor’s business, you will be able to search the Better Business Bureau for consumer complaints and other problems that contractor may have encountered previously. The BBB will show you how the problems were resolved as well.
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 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 receiving a bid that you are happy with, you can proceed with 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.