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 put yourself on the path to great results, you should be ready for some homework. So, below are six points to look into as you choose a contractor:
Decide what you want.
Before anything else, come up with a plan. Know what and how you intend to remodel. 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.
Seek personal referrals.
Good kitchen remodeling contractors get a lot of referrals from their previous clients. Ask friends, family, colleagues and other acquaintances if they have worked with a contractor who’s been good. 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.
Call references and determine BBB ratings.
When speaking to contractors, make sure you get their registered business’ official name. 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 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.
Once you’ve found a few good prospects, it’s time to make them submit bids. Meet with every kitchen remodeling contractor you’re considering and together discuss your plans. Have them take a look at any blueprints you may have. Tell them how much you’re happy to spend and make sure they 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.
Once you have a bid that you think is acceptable, you can begin 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. Finally, don’t feel stuck with one prospect. With two or three potential contractors, you will have enough room for helpful comparisons.