Choosing a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
Sometimes, the hardest aspect of a kitchen upgrade is picking the right 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:
Be clear about 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 willing to work with your plans, you know you have to bring your business somewhere else.
Ask people for referrals.
Good kitchen remodeling contractors get lots of recommendations from past clients. Ask family and friends if they have ever hired with a good contractor in the past. Online reviews can definitely help too.
Read online reviews, but stick to consumer watchdog sites. Also check out the contractors’ social media profiles and spend time reading comments.
Call references and determine BBB ratings.
When you talk to contractors, ask them for the official name of their registered business. Current customers will be able to share their personal experiences, and subcontractors can give you red flags, like late payments or cutting corners by using low-quality 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 can also let you check how well the issues were resolved.
If you know their official name, you will also be able to check their licenses and find out what professional organizations they are members of in your area.
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 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. 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. The contract has to be detailed and you need to be satisfied with it prior to beginning the project. And lastly, don’t restrict yourself to just a single prospect. Two or three will give you enough space for useful comparisons.