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Choosing a renovation contractor can be the most challenging aspect of a home improvement project. Considering how a company hires new employees is the same as selecting a kitchen renovation contractor. They do not hire the first person who walks through the door. Instead, they collect applications from many candidates, including a few projects, work on and a list of references. And after that, you will decide which one of them will best fit your home improvement project.

To ensure you’re on the right track to a fantastic home improvement, we’ve put together a few stages for you to follow during the choosing process. So, here are things to consider when hiring a contractor for your next home improvement project.

Knowing Your Preferences

The first step in selecting the right kitchen renovation contractor is to think about yourself and your home. Make a plan, determine what and how you want to renovate your kitchen. Not only will having a plan make it easier to get an accurate estimate, but it will also make comparing estimates easier.

If the contractors are unwilling to commit to your goals during the conversation, you know it’s time to look elsewhere.

Ask for Referrals

Without a doubt, word of mouth is the most effective way to find a qualified kitchen renovation contractor to handle the job. Ask relatives, friends and neighbours with whom they have had good experiences. Ask some questions about what made the project a success, how the contractor handled problems, and whether they would hire the same contractor again.

Make a List of Kitchen Renovation Contractors

Finding the best kitchen renovation contractor for your project requires some research. Compile a list of 5 to 10 local kitchen renovation companies. Homeowners should hire locally since the contractor will know the local codes needed in a particular city and its surrounding suburbs. Successful contractors are proud of their work; they showcased their work with pride on a professional website and a Facebook page. They have positive reviews on popular referral sites such as Yelp, Google My Business, and Facebook.

Communicate with Multiple Contractors

After you’ve received recommendations and done some online research, it’s time to contact a few contractors.

Obtain multiple bids on your project. Even if you love the first plan you receive, you’ll never know if the quote you received is a good value if you stop there because different kitchen renovation contractors may charge different rates due to their specialties. Getting multiple bids is a good idea. 

During the initial phases of selecting a renovation contractor, phone interviews are a good idea. Inquire about their availability for interior and exterior projects and whether they work on projects of your size.

You should also identify what licenses are required in your area; This will help determine whether or not your contractor is certified correctly. Obtaining this information from multiple contractors may also expose someone who is not truthful about what permits are required before work can begin.


Review the Kitchen Renovation Portfolio of the Contractor

Review the Kitchen Renovation Portfolio of the Contractor

A website is one of the most convenient ways for a well-established and successful kitchen renovation contractor to showcase their work. Their gallery should include at least ten finished kitchens. Ask the contractor to take you to the latest project. While on-site, make sure to check blueprints, sketches, or other plans to get an understanding of how a contractor handles a project.

Check the references and BBB Ratings

Get the official name of the contractor’s registered business when conversing with them.

References, such as current clients and subcontractors, will help you with the work’s quality. Existing clients can share their personal experiences, and subcontractors can provide red flags such as late payments or using poor-quality materials.

The official name of the contractor’s business will allow you to search the Better Business Bureau for complaints and other issues the contractor has had in the past. The BBB can also assist you in determining how well problems were resolved.

Getting to know their official name will also allow you to check their licenses and confirm which professional organizations they are in your area.

Requests for Bids and Contractor Selection

When you’ve found a few contractors you like, request bids from them. Each contractor will offer you a full proposal and a pricing estimate for completing the project.

These bids will be used to select your contractor. Selecting the lowest bid is not always the best option. Keep in mind that you’ll be spending a lot of time in this kitchen. Choose the proposal that best meets your family’s needs and budget. When a kitchen contractor is decided, they will draft a contract outlining the timeline, materials, appliances, and labour required to complete the kitchen. Make sure the contract is comprehensive and that you are comfortable with it before the job begins. The key to a joyful and successful home renovation is always communication.

We provide dependable kitchen design solutions in Ottawa at competitive rates. Because of our significant knowledge and experience, we are able to complete projects on time and on budget.


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Bryan Tremblay is the proud owner of Tremblay Renovation Inc. since 1989. Bryan was born in northern Ontario in a small French community, and he is proud to offer his services in both French and English. Being from the North, Bryan loves to spend time in nature. After moving away from the North, he needed a place to do just that. So he built a cottage for his family and friends from scratch; That is where he spends most of his weekends.

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