Better Renovation: How to Hire a Contractor for a Kitchen Remodel
A home remodel has two advantages.
One, it improves your lifestyle and comfort level.
Two, it could raise your property’s value on the market.
You want to make sure that you achieve both with this project, so there’s a lot at stake when you decide to take down walls, extend a space, or modernize an outdated room. Clearly, it’s a job for a professional kitchen remodel contractor.
Here’s how to hire a contractor for a kitchen remodel:
Get a recommendation from the right sources
Keep your pool of options small by getting recommendations from the right people. You can start with the Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA) in your area. The council will point you in the right direction, giving a few businesses that specialize in remodeling to look into. If you have friends or family who had a successful renovation project, you can also ask them for their contractor’s details.
Check the contractor’s license and insurance
You’ll want to make sure your contractor has the license to work in the Fox Valley area. A contractors license means that the contractor abides by state and local rules. It also indicates that the business has a solid reputation and has not had or has received few complaints. Turek’s Plumbing has a pristine reputation and are well known for our excellent service.
Your contractor should also have adequate insurance to mitigate any incident on your property; if the contractor’s workers injure themselves or injure your neighbors, the insurance should settle the problem.
Spend time talking with the contractor
You’ve checked out the kitchen remodeling contractor’s credentials and seen previous projects. Now it’s time to talk with the contractor. You could do it over the phone, but nothing beats personal contact when scrutinizing a person you’re going to work with for months.
You need to make sure you’re comfortable with this person and that you trust him or her. The personal contact is crucial because you’ll not only work with the professional for months, but that person is also going to be in your home plenty of times.
Talk about guidelines for workers
Carpenters, installers, and painters are going to take over your home for the duration of your kitchen remodel. This, however, is not a license for the workers to come and go as they please. Headwaters Construction, Inc., a Sacramento commercial construction company, suggests establishing guidelines with the contractor. This could include workers showing up early, working past the usual schedule, using facilities in your home, and other limitations or expectations.
Get every agreement in writing
Finally, never start the project without a contract in place. The document needs to establish the extent of the remodel, your contractor’s responsibilities, deadlines, costs, and solutions to potential issues that may arise during construction.
When you start with a good recommendation, follow through with a meeting with the contractor, and punctuate your search with a contract, your kitchen remodel will be efficient.
To Schedule a no-obligation estimate for your kitchen remodel project, contact us today!