The kitchen is one of the most valuable rooms in the house and renovating your kitchen can increase your property value. However, a poorly executed do-it-yourself job is not the answer. Hiring a certified professional for you kitchen renovations can save you money and aggravation in the long run.
How do you find the best contractor for you kitchen remodeling project? Get personal references from friends or family, however don’t take referrals at face value – get written estimates from at least three contractors. And don’t always choose the lowest bid; you may get what you pay for.
Before you hire, ensure that the contractor works for a reputable, certified company. It’s best to find someone who has been in business for several years and has a lot of experience. Ensure that the contractor:
- Has a current license. You may want to check with the Department of Labor and Industries or the Construction Contractors Board if you aren’t sure
- Is a member of a local trade association (ex: Master Builder Association, Associated Builders & Contractors)
- Is not asking for full payment upfront. It is reasonable to make a down payment to cover material costs, but nothing more.
- Drafts an estimate that includes the cost of the materials and labor, an outline of what is to be renovated, and lead times for the work.
Remodeling your kitchen can yield nearly a 100% return on investment. Don’t hesitate to hire a professional for an important remodeling job. There are plenty of reputable contractors who can cater to your needs within your budget.