Finding the Right Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
You’re all set to remodel your kitchen at last, and like several others, you’ve decided to use a kitchen remodeling contractor’s services.
Before you take the plunge and hire the first contractor you find, there are a few things to go over in order to select a good contractor who is a suitable match for your project. Here are some tips to help you:
Go with a general contractor.
A specialty contractor works on one specific part of the project (example – installing a sink) while a general contractor handles all aspects of the job, from design to inspections and the rest. This simplifies things so you can hire a single company instead of several contractors performing each part of the remodel.
Do your homework.
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Get recommendations from friends, neighbors or colleagues, but don’t forget to do some Internet research as well. When looking up local contractors on the web, consider what other people are saying about them. How long have they been working in the business? A contractor who has worked in the area for no less than five years must be really good, or he simply won’t survive the stiff competition. Also check if they licensed and bonded.
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In the end, you just want to be confident that you’re not just choosing a quality contractor, but also that they couldn’t be more perfect for your kitchen remodel.
Obtain a number of estimates.
Get several estimates, but don’t immediately pick the lowest bidder. Low rates can indicate poor workmanship and material quality. Consider both the results of your research and the estimates you obtained when making a decision.
Ask many questions!
By asking more questions, you can evaluate the contractor more accurately. Here are some questions you may ask:
> Do I need a permit for my project, and if so, will you take care of it ?
> What types of insurance cover you? (They need to have full insurance, which should include liability as well as worker’s compensation).
> Do you have your own team of skilled workers for certain jobs (electrical, tiling, plumbing, etc.
> Will you take care of building inspections and approvals?
> How long will the remodeling project take?
> How do your clients usually pay you?
> When the job is complete, will you offer a warranty and/or maintenance service?
Demand a written contract.
This document must include all key information, such as the name and license of the contractor, beginning and end dates, list of materials to be used, schedule of payments, warranty information, and so on. Finally, go through each and every line of the contract before actually signing it.