The kitchen is often located in the center of the house because it is where we store and cook our food, and food has a really amazing way of bringing people together. When your kitchen starts to look run down – because let’s face it, it’s a high traffic zone in most houses – or when it becomes outdated (here’s looking at you, breadbox from the early ’90s), it becomes a less aesthetically pleasing place to spend time in. The kitchen should be a welcoming place where everyone wants to spend time, cooking, eating, conversing, and just sharing time together. So consider hiring a contractor to help bring life back into your lifeless kitchen!
What to consider when hiring a kitchen remodeling contractor:
1. Proper Certifications
First things first: make sure the contractor you hire and anyone who subcontracts under him is above all else licensed and insured. What does that mean? License and insurance requirements vary by state, but essentially what it boils down to is whether your contractor and subcontractors carry y hold a certification in their area of expertise as determined by the state and insurance, meaning they have coverage for personal injuries (should they slip off a ladder in your house and try to blame you for it), property damage (should they rip a hole in the wall and try to say it was their before), and general liability coverage. Any reputable contractor will have proof of both of these documentations and will be more than willing to provide copies of it for you.
When selecting your contractor, look at his or her previous work history. If there isn’t any available, you might want to rethink your decision. While there is nothing wrong with hiring a startup contractor, remember that experience is incredibly valuable, and you want to ensure your kitchen remodel will be in capable hands. Selecting a contractor with an ample and impressive history may come with a higher price tag, but hiring someone with little to no experience could result in an even higher price tag should inexperience translate into a kitchen disaster.
Word of mouth, internet, whatever you have to do to get your hands on them, ensure you read plenty of reviews and testimonies singing the praises of your soon to be contractor. You want to make sure that those who have hired your contractor in the past were pleased with the quality of work he or she has to offer. If the reviews aren’t enough, never be afraid to ask to see your future contractor’s portfolio. You want to be able to see the quality of the work you will be receiving prior to paying for it.
4. Pricing and Contracts
No contract? No deal. There is little worse than having a contractor charge you more than you agreed on and not having a signed contract to retaliate with. A word of mouth contract is not good enough. When hiring a contractor, ensure that he or she provides you with the a contract that a) you both agree on, b) has a price set in stone, and c) has a reasonable time frame clearly written out as well as explicit consequences should the contract be breached.
Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting experience, and it is one you will want to entrust to more than capable hands. By following the aforementioned steps, you will be sure to avoid contractors who won’t suit you and pick the best contractor for you. If you have any questions regarding kitchen remodeling you can post them in the comments below or contact us and we will happily answer them.