How to Pick a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
Sometimes, the hardest aspect of a kitchen upgrade is picking the right 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.
Before anything else, come up with 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.
Ask for 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.
Read online reviews, but stick to consumer watchdog sites. Take a look at their social media profiles as well, focusing on the comments.
Talk to references and check out BBB ratings.
When speaking to contractors, make sure you get their registered business’ official name. 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.
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. As well, the BBB can show you how the issues or problems were fixed.
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 well-defined bids.
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. Let them take a look at any blueprints you might 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. 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. And lastly, don’t restrict yourself to just a single prospect. Two or three will give you enough space for useful comparisons.