Choosing a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
The toughest aspect of a kitchen upgrade can be selecting a remodeling 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:
Define what you want.
First off, create a plan. Decide what you want to remodel and how. Not only will having a plan make it easier to receive a correct estimate; you can also compare quotes 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.
Seek personal referrals.
Great kitchen remodeling contractors get many recommendations from their former customers. Ask people around you if they have ever hired a contractor that they loved. Online reviews can be very useful as well.
Go over online reviews, but make sure you’re reading on a reputable consumer watchdog site. Check out their social media profiles too, and especially read the comments.
Call references and determine BBB ratings.
When you talk to contractors, ask them for the official name of their registered business. 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. The BBB will show you how the problems were resolved as well.
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 detailed estimates.
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. 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. 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. Two or three will give you enough space for useful comparisons.