Remodeling a kitchen can seem like a huge task, despite the reletavely small space you are working with. The kitchen is typically the most frequently used room of the house, (besides a bathroom) and is often used for so much more than just cooking and eating. It is often the area used for doing projects and homework, and just spending time together with family and friends. This is such an important area, you are probably better off hiring a professional kitchen remodeling company to perform the job.
Before you hire a professional kitchen remodeling contractor, however, there are a few basic questions you should ask.
Any contractor you hire, especially for a job as important as a kitchen remodel, should be properly licensed and insured. The contractor you hire should have proof of their licenses, and should be able to provide proof of any of their specialized services. Many states allow you to look up the licensure requirements online.
Many contractors will need to hire a licensed electrician and plumber. You should get a list of the people your potential kitchen remodeling contractor will be working with. You want to know who else might be coming in and out of your home, and you want them to have the proper licensing and insurance as well.
Word of mouth referrals are one of the best ways to decide if the kitchen remodeling contractor will be a good fit your your project. If you do not know anyone that knows of a kitchen contractor specifically, sites like Angie’s List, Thumbtack and HomeAdvisor will give you past client reviews of many local businesses, including contractors.
In most cases, an experienced kitchen remodeling contractor will have a list of previous clients as referrals that you can call and speak with.
Make sure that whomever you decide to hire will be available when you need them, and able to complete the project within an agreed upon amount of time. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can drag out the process a little, but you do want to have some basic guidelines put down for time frame and hours they intend to be working on your kitchen.
Get everything in writing. Every conversation you have about time frames, materials used, and pricing should be in writing, in the event that anything goes wrong. Email is a great way to communicate questions, so that you have a documented answer in case of any confusion later. There should be a clear contract outlining pricing, procedures and schedules that is signed by both you and the contractor.
Hiring a professional kitchen remodeling contractor to help with remodeling the kitchen of your dreams will make the job go so much more smoothly. Before you hire anyone, however, make sure you ask them all of these questions and don’t forget to get everything in writing.