The contractor you choose is a big decision when deciding to do a major kitchen remodeling project. You need to take your time in choosing the one that you believe will give you what you want and not charge you an arm and a leg.
Below are 5 tips for selecting the right contractor for your project.
Tip #1: Ask your friends and family for a referral:
If you know of somebody who did a major kitchen remodeling project in the past few years it would be great to ask them for the name of the contractor they used. Also ask them how the project went and what they would do differently if starting again? At the end of a major remodeling project is when you have the most experience with the process. Unfortunately you’ll probably never do it again in your life so that knowledge usually goes to waste. That is why you should ask around to gain that experience from others before your project starts.
Tip #2: Make sure the contractor you choose has the experience and credentials:
There are several licenses and insurance policies that are required, in most states, for a contractor to have in order to do business the right way. There are a lot of contractors who bypass the requirements and still do business. You have to do your homework and research whether the contractor you choose has the right insurance and licenses.
In the city of Chicago, a remodeling contractor must have a BACP-issued home repair license and proof of a $300,000 liability insurance policy.
There is also a general contractors license which is similar but this license allows the general contractor to hire sub-contractors to work on the project.
Also some contractors get trained by professional associations such as the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and others. This gives them extra training to ensure they know what they are doing and will do a good job the first time.
Tip #3: If you are doing a major kitchen renovation that will deal with plumbing and electrical make sure to use licensed contractors.
If you will be making modifications to the plumbing and/or electrical systems in your kitchen you need to make sure a licensed plumber and/or electrician does the work. Many kitchen remodeling contractors don’t have licensed electricians or plumbers on staff. Don’t let unlicensed contractors work on these systems. Insist on having the kitchen remodeling contractor recommend licensed contractors or you should find them yourself but make sure the kitchen remodeling contractor signs off on it in the contract.
Tip #4: Make sure all required documents are provided and signed before starting the project.
There are several documents that should be provided by the kitchen remodeling contractor which you’ll need to read, understand and sign. Some of the documents include:
If a contractor is not willing to provide these documents, don’t hire them.
Tip #5: Ask for and Check References
You should ask for references from the contractor you are considering using. You should ask for the name and phone number of some references and see if the contractor can even get you a visit of some of their recently completed kitchen remodeling projects so you can see their work first hand.
If they say they can’t provide any references you should be leery of hiring them.
This is just a summary of some of the tips you should consider when selecting a kitchen remodeling contractor.
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