Tips for Finding a Hiring a Good Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
The toughest aspect of a kitchen upgrade can be selecting a remodeling contractor. To make sure you’re on the path to a great outcome, prepare to do some 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. 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 contractors don’t want to stick to your plans, you know it’s time to look elsewhere.
Ask people for 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.
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 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.
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.
When you know their official name, you can find out whether they have a valid license and if they belong to certain professional organizations in your area.
Ask for well-defined bids.
Once you’ve found a few good prospects, it’s time to make them submit bids. Talk to every kitchen remodeling contractor on your list and discuss your plans with them. Let them take a look at any blueprints you might have. Tell them the maximum amount you’re willing to spend and let them give you 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. 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. The contract should be detailed and you have to be satisfied with it before starting the project. Finally, don’t feel stuck with one prospect. If you consider at least two or three, you will have lots of room to make comparisons.