Choosing the appropriate contractor for a kitchen makeover may seem like a difficult undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. A few basic procedures might be the difference between total trust in a contractor and restless nights.
Ask for Referrals
Without a doubt, word of mouth is the best approach to discover a skilled specialist to do this work. Inquire with family, friends, and neighbours about contractors they have had positive encounters with. Inquire about what made it a pleasant experience, how the contractor handled challenges, and whether or not they would use the same contractor again.
Look at Credentials
With your suggestions in hand, do some preliminary investigation – whether by phone or by visiting the remodeler’s website. Check to see whether the contractor has all the necessary licenses from the province and city, as well as any professional association certifications. To achieve a specific certification, any renovation specialist worth his or her salt would have invested in studies and completed difficult assessments. However, keep in mind that not all certifications are equal.
Once you’ve built an initial relationship, request to examine some of the contractor’s work. If they are approved, obtain further references and then call to confirm them.
Get it in Writing
After you’ve decided on a contractor who seems like a good fit for the task, check through the documentation they’ve produced for you. Do they seem professional? Examine the contract. Does it seem to be fair and balanced? Make sure the written agreement includes a bid price and payment schedule, the scope of work, a site plan, a sequential schedule of primary construction tasks, a change-order clause, a written procedural list for close-out, an express limited warranty, a dispute resolution clause, and a waiver of lien (which prevents subcontractors and suppliers from putting a lien on a house, if the contractor fails to pay their invoices). If everything seems to be in order, you can sign on the dotted line with confidence.
When looking for a kitchen specialist, homeowner recommendations are crucial. You want real feedback from individuals who have gone through a kitchen makeover project with the designer/firm you’re thinking of hiring. Find out all the details.
Do your research and thoroughly vet any tradesperson before hiring them. Find out more about the company’s history as well. Allow someone else to employ them if their business has been open for only six months; don’t entrust your kitchen makeover to just any contractor.
- Request evidence of insurance. Contractors should be insured for personal liability, workers’ compensation and property damage.
- Examine the firm’s track record.
- To learn about local licensing requirements, contact your local building department. Check the contractor’s license to make sure it’s up to date.
- Request a list of references and call at least three of them. Determine what projects the contractor did in the previous year.
- When choosing a general contractor, find out who their subcontractors will be. Make sure they have a good reputation by doing some research.
- Interview several contractors for the project and request formal proposals/estimates.
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