Tips for Finding a Hiring a Good Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
The most challenging part of a kitchen improvement project is finding a good 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.
First and foremost, make 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 willing to work with your plans, you know you have to bring your business somewhere else.
Seek personal referrals.
Good kitchen remodeling contractors get lots of recommendations from past clients. Ask people around you if they have ever hired a contractor that they loved. Online reviews can definitely help too.
Check out reviews on the Internet, but don’t veer way from legitimate consumer watchdog sites. Take a look at their social media profiles as well, focusing on 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.
The contractor’s official business name will help you search the Better Business Bureau for complaints that they may have experienced with clients before. 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.
As soon as you’ve found a few contractors you find impressive, it’s time to get estimates from them. 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 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. Generally, your total cost will consist of 40% for labor, 40% for materials and 20% 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. Finally, don’t feel stuck with one prospect. With two or three potential contractors, you will have enough room for helpful comparisons.