How To Hire A Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

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A remodeling job on your kitchen might just be one of the best investments you can make on your end. However, this is a complex process as professionals aren’t just going to simply change up some things in your kitchen, they’ll be changing up a ton. This is why it’s essential that you try to find the best kitchen contractors to help remodel your kitchen.

Remodeling jobs aren’t exactly as simple as repairs or repainting. What makes it tough is that the remodelers have to do a complex job around a property that’s already established. It’s vital that the kitchen contractors don’t ruin the integrity of the house in any way. Poor contractors could actually do more harm than good to your home.

Another reason why it’s important to hire a good contractor is that these services aren’t exactly cheap. Once you pay for the contractor and they begin doing their work, there’s no going back. Since this isn’t small money we are talking about, it’s only a must that you get your choice of contractors right.

A lot of people have already fallen into the trap of getting contractors that are actually not worth their price. Since the job’s already done, there’s no taking back their money. With the number of companies that offer the service, it’s only a must that you know what to do when it comes to finding the right kitchen remodeling contractor.

If you are hoping to get kitchen remodeling done, then it’s time to do your due research. It’s more than about giving your house access to the best remodeling job possible. It’s also about finding the perfect people for the job. Here’s how you can hire and find the kitchen remodeling contractor for your home.

Make A List, Check It Twice

The first thing you need to do is to create a list of nearby contractors. It’s not practical to go with the first choice you see. It’s always better to simply list down all of the companies that can do the job for you so that you can compare them with one another easily. It’s something you may want to do with most of the contractors you hire for your home.

Make a list of at least five contractors so that you have a lot to choose from but don’t limit yourself to that.  The more there is, the easier it will be to find the right one to do the job. Place your list on a spreadsheet or on a piece of paper so you can easily list down the pros and cons of each company you have in mind.

When we say look for the right companies, you shouldn’t be too trigger happy and just right any name you see. You should focus on the companies who are nearby. While it’s okay to look for companies who are far off, you’re probably going to spend extra on the service because they’ll have to make the long journey to get to you.

Don’t simply base your list on just about anything you can think of. From the very beginning, you should do your research about the kitchen contractors that are good at doing their jobs. Search for the top ten or so kitchen contractors in your area and then build your list from there. In doing this method, you’re guaranteed to be choosing from only the best options possible.

Look For Reviews

With your list created,  it’s time to do one of the most crucial parts of your kitchen contractor hunting journey which is actually looking for reviews. The first place you need to check for reviews is on the contractor’s own social media accounts on Facebook or Twitter. Most of the top and best companies aren’t afraid to show off their reviews on social media

In some cases, contractors try to hide their reviews on social media. Now, this should be a red flag as why would they want to hide these in the first place. If they have only good things to show off, why would kitchen remodel contractors actually hide their reviews? However, don’t be too judgemental as some contractors might just not really allow reviews on their platforms.

If not through social media, there are many other platforms that you can look reviews at. These include FourSquare and even website forums that users use to discuss the services they avail. As a general rule of thumb, never look at the reviews from the website of the company directly as these are often filtered reviews.

Another good alternative is to get direct referrals from your friends or relatives. If they’ve had kitchen remodeling done in your kitchen in the past years or so, then they can easily recommend a contractor to do the job for you. Aside from that, they can also tell you immediately whether a certain contractor’s work is poor or not.

Reviews are your best way to sort out the best kitchen contractors from the worst ones. It’s important that you have an idea of what a company is capable of. Aside from looking at their capabilities, you should also check if a contractor’s employees are kind and easy to work with. The easier they are to work with, the better it would be.

Look At Their Portfolio

Contractors shouldn’t be afraid to show off their portfolios on their website. If you want to see what a contractor is capable of when it comes to remodeling and construction, then it’s imperative that you look at their portfolios. If they don’t have one, then that must mean that they are newcomers to the industry.

Some contractors even give you virtual tours of their past projects. If this option is available, then this is a must that  you avail this service. Virtual tours basically allow you to check the work of a kitchen remodeling contractor from the comforts of your computer so you don’t have to bother going out anymore.

Get A Quote

Now that you’ve narrowed down your choice even further comes another important step in your search. Getting a quote! As we’ve been saying time and time again, kitchen remodeling isn’t actually cheap. Getting a quote is a free service which allows you to get an understanding of how much you’ll have to pay for  a service in your house’s kitchen.

A kitchen remodel can cost somewhere between $5,000-$50,000 depending on the size of your kitchen, the materials needed, and the complexity of your project. Believe it or not, the price is also affected by the contractor you choose. Some of the contractors actually charge more than the others which is why it’s important to compare prices as well.

Comparing prices is important especially if you are getting remodeling done on a budget. It’s important that you stay on budget because you shouldn’t have to go broke just to get remodeling done on your house. While cheap, you can cut costs effectively by picking the right company for the job so be sure to compare at all times.

When getting a quote done, you’ll need to provide a few things to the contractor. These include the size of your kitchen, the things you want added, the materials you want to use for the kitchen, as well as some of the more specific requests that you have for the contractor. Make sure that each contractor gets the same info so that you can get accurate pricing.

Talk With The Contractors Personally

If you’ve been following our guide fully, you’re probably down to a smaller list of contractors by now. Since that is the case, it’s the perfect time to talk with each of the contractors personally so that you have an idea and feel of what it would be like actually working with them when it comes to kitchen remodeling.

If possible, you should have them come to your house and visit your kitchen. This will give them a closer look at the job they have to do. Understandably, there are a few restrictions that you have to consider first as there are still lockdown rules in some areas. If the contractor is allowed to visit, make sure that they follow the strict protocol within your house.

This is another important step as most contractors would actually like to see your kitchen first. They may have their own comments and suggestions regarding the changes you want done to your house. This is an important part of the process if the contractors were to get a more accurate quote too.

With these steps, you’ll be able to find the best contractors for your kitchen remodeling. When the project is done, make sure to keep in touch with the contractors as you may need them once again in the future. It’s always good having contact with these professionals as they can help make your house better all the more.

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Engin Derecik

Business Owner at Onestop Kitchen and Bath. For more info, please visit LinkedIn.

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