Hiring a contractor might be the single most important decision you make when remodeling your kitchen. A reliable, top-notch contractor will ensure that your plans are followed correctly, on schedule and without cost unavoidable overruns.
The first step is to ask your friends and family members – and even neighbors who’ve completed remodeling projects you like — for advice and contractor recommendations.
Rank the names you receive and start with the top three choices to call, then:
#1 Ask for references and insist on references from recent jobs. Contractors frequently change laborers and subcontractors. You want to be sure you’re getting the same quality of work your friends and family members received.
#2 Among the questions to ask references include: Did the project stay on time and on budget? How were the contractor’s work habits? Were unauthorized changes of materials or work orders ever made? How well did the contractor communicate the progress of the project? Were there any problems? If so, what and how were they resolved?
#3 Get at least three price estimates. Rates can vary wildly and knowing what different contractors charge can give you room to negotiate a better price with the one you really want to hire.
#4 Ask to visit an in-progress project to see first-hand how a contractor works. Are the workers clean and respectful of the home? Are adequate safety precautions being taken?
#5 Don’t hire a contractor just because they’re available to start right away. The busiest contractors tend to be the best ones – and they’re worth waiting for.
Finding the right kitchen remodeling contractor can be tricky, but ending up with the wrong one can be costly, time consuming, and down right aggravating.