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What to Consider When Hiring a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

You’re finally prepared to remodel your kitchen, and as with many others, you’ve decided to use a kitchen remodeling contractor’s help.

Before you take the plunge and hire the first contractor you find, there are a few things to go over in order to select a good contractor who is a suitable match for your project. Here are some tips to help you:

Go for a general contractor.

A specialty contractor works on one specific part of the project (example – installing a sink) while a general contractor handles all aspects of the job, from design to inspections and the rest. This means you can just hire a single company rather than many different contractors taking charge of every part of the project.

Do your homework.
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Get recommendations from friends, neighbors or colleagues, but don’t forget to do some Internet research as well. When researching local candidates online, consider, pay attention to what other people have to say about them. An established contractor who has been operating in the area for a minimum of five years must be good, or he probably won’t even survive the competition. Also check whether they are licensed and bonded.
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Generally, you want to feel confident not only that you’re picking a good contractor, but also that they are the best fit for your kitchen remodeling project.

Get a few estimates.

Get at three estimates, but don’t automatically go for the cheapest one. Low rates can indicate poor workmanship and material quality. Consider both the results of your research and the estimates you obtained when making a decision.

Ask many questions!

If you ask many questions, you can appraise the contractor’s abilities more accurately. Below are some questions you may ask:

> How many kitchen remodeling projects did you work on within the last twelve months?

> Will my project need a permit, and if so, do you know the process?

> What types of insurance do you have? (They must have full insurance including worker’s compensation and liability).

> Do you have your own group of skilled workers for particular jobs, like plumbing, cabinetry, tiling, etc.

> Will you take responsibility for obtaining building inspections and approvals?

> How long will the remodeling project take?

> How do your clients usually pay you?

> Do you offer a warranty and/or maintenance service once as soon as the job is done?

Demand a written contract.

This document should include all pertinent details, such as contractor name and license, project start and end dates, a payment schedule, list of materials and corresponding prices, warranty information, and the rest. Finally, review every single line in the contract before you add your signature.