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December 07, 2017

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

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kitchen remodeling contractorChoosing the right kitchen remodeling contractor to help you with your kitchen renovations can be a daunting task.  After all, this is no small project and you want to make sure that you’re paying the right price and receiving the right skills and quality work to go with this significant investment into your home.  Being able to identify the right professional contractor means that you will be communicating with several companies in order to weed out those who do not meet your needs. 

Give yourself enough time to properly accomplish this task.  By waiting until the last minute or rushing through it, you will only be harming your abilities to find the right company with the ideal qualifications.  Use the following information to help you to find the right kitchen remodeling contractors in your area and narrow down those choices to identify the right one for your kitchen renovations.

Finding local businesses for kitchen renovations

Begin by finding the names and contact information of local kitchen remodeling services.  Try to find companies that specialize in kitchen remodeling projects, but consider general contractors, as well.  Use resources such as people you know who have already used local companies for the purpose, the internet, and the phone book. 

Determine if the company is registered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB.org), their rating, and if there have any consumer complaints. Ads on local television may also be helpful.  Narrow your list down to a few kitchen remodeling contractors that appeal to you and that claim to provide the services you need.

Contacting the best candidates

In this stage of the process, you will be using the telephone the majority of the time.  Many people will instantly reject companies that do not answer their phones right away, but that use answering machines.  However, instead of judging a kitchen remodel contractor for its use of an answering machine, judge it by the speed by which it returns its calls, and whether or not there will be an emergency number provided to you where you will always be able to reach a person throughout the job. 

Answering machines do allow businesses to keep their costs down (instead of paying someone to answer the phone), which allows them to pass some savings along to you.  Keep a log of the contractors you contact, when you called, and how long it took them to return that call.  A good kitchen remodeling service will return your call within a few hours and will provide you with a cell phone or other emergency contact number where you can reach that contractor at any time during the renovations in case of an urgent need to contact them.

Making sure that the kitchen remodeling contractor understands and can meet your needs

When you are ready to talk to kitchen remodel contractors – especially when it comes time to create an estimate – make sure that you have a good outline of the kitchen renovation work that you’d like to have completed.  After all, there is a big difference between a job that consists only of replacing a countertop, and one that will require new flooring, electrical rewiring, countertops, cabinetry, and the installation of a kitchen island with a dishwasher and cook-top. 

Discuss each element with the contractor to be sure that he or she understands these needs and will be capable of completing them for you.  If you find a specialist in kitchen renovation, then you will be more likely to have found an expert in just what you need than you will if you use a general contractor.  It is likely that the specialist will know, for example, the difference between solid surface countertops and laminate, or the difference between granite and marble. He or she will also be able to advise you regarding good cost saving opportunities that will not skimp on quality and function.

Performing your own due diligence

Trusting a kitchen remodeling contractor to perform major work in your home is a big deal! So don’t simply take their word on everything they tell you. Go the extra mile and check them out before making your final selection. Their BBB.org (Better Business Bureau) rating is a start. Also ask them to show proof of current licensing, insurance, and bonding. Perform a search on them in the search engines. Enter search phrases such as “ABC company complaints”, “ABC company problems”, etc. You may be surprised at what will pop up for some of these companies.

Once you have your options narrowed down to two or three potential companies, don’t forget to have a close look at the estimates provided, as well as any references.  Do contact the references so that you can obtain a clear image of the type of experience you can expect.  Lastly, never forget the golden rule of hiring a kitchen remodeling contractor: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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