You need to be critical if you are looking for a contractor. There are many ways you can go around. The best one is to think like an employer. When an employer is hiring, he will never go with the first candidate walking into the room. There is a gruesome task of vetting and interviewing aspirants before he sets his heart on one.
The same is true when you are looking for a kitchen remodeling contractor. You must go through extensive research, or you can rely on professionals for that part, and pit companies against one another to get the best one.
To help you in your search, here are some practical tips to help you through the process.
In lieu of not going with the first one, you must start by getting information about all the competent companies in your area. Make a list of 5 to 10 of the best ones. It is not hard to find these.
As companies like to showcase their work, you can easily get ahold of their portfolios and make a better decision based on that information. You will find this to be true in their website galleries and social media handles.
For starters, you should get a good look at at least 10 model kitchens. To be sure, ask the prospective contractor to take you to the current site.
Kitchen remodeling can cost thousands of dollars so the project should not be handed to newbies and novices. If you find the portfolio to be substandard, it is time to move on.
Another important thing in the process is to get a list of references from a prospective company. Most of the companies will happily send you the names, phone numbers, addresses, and times of the project upon request. So, it is best to randomly contact some references or drive to a location if it is feasible.
Ask them anything you may think will help you in making the decision about going with a particular contractor. You know what to do if the feedback is positive or negative.
There are caveats in this part too. For instance, a contractor is unwilling to provide references or they are too few to make a substantial sample size.
If you are impressed by the work, it is time to go ahead and finalize the details, meaning pricing and contract. Be ready to loosen up some large because good work does not come cheap, but it also does not cost a load. The idea is to strike the perfect balance between value and money.
Check online reviews and ratings, ask for references, and verify the contractor’s license and insurance.
Make sure the scope of work, budget, timeline, payment schedule, and warranties are clearly outlined.