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How to Choose the Right Kitchen and Batch Remodeling Contractor

Homeowners encounter a long list of concerns and worries when planning a kitchen and bath remodeling project. Is it really the best move? Would the job take too long? How much would the expenses be? However, there’s one question that homeowners could benefit from asking more frequently – how to choose the best contractor?

These simple steps could mean the difference between sleepless nights and complete confidence when hiring a contractor to do the project.

  • Ask for Referrals

The ideal method to find a reliable expert to do the job is through word-of-mouth. Ask neighbors, friends, and relatives whom they have had great experience with. Also, ask what made the job a great experience, whether he/she will hire the same remodeler again, and how the remodeler managed issues.

  • Look at Credentials

Whether it is a visit to the website of the contractor or a phone call, do some initial research with the recommendations you have. Know whether the contractor has all the needed licenses from local municipalities and state, together with terms from any professional organizations like the National Association of Homebuilders, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Search for remodelers who have passed rigorous examinations and invested in coursework to obtain certain certifications. However, you should be wary because not every certification is made equal. Do some research and know the requirements.

  • Interview Candidates

Narrow your list of contractors down and set up interviews. Since things could get confusing beyond this, try to only keep at least 3 contractors. It is extremely important to see how the contractor answers the questions. However, communications go both ways. Candidates must ask a lot of questions to you as well.

  • Check References

Ask to see few of the projects of the contractors. If you like their projects, ask for references and contact the former clients of the contractors to check them up. Ask how the remodelers did at performing the jobs. Was there anything that could’ve been differently done? Were the clients satisfied with the results? Were the contractors on budget and on time?

Keep in mind that you aren’t buying a product; you are buying their service whenever you are hiring a contractor. Service quality would identify the finished project’s quality.

  • Ask for the Payment Schedule

Working out the schedule of payment beforehand is another significant tip for hiring a contractor. Payment schedules could speak to the work ethic and financial status of the contractor. The contractor might have financial issues if they ask you 50% of the total bid up front. For big projects, a schedule typically begins with 10% at signing of contract, 3 payments of 25% that is spaced evenly on the project’s duration, and a check for the last 15% whenever you feel each item on your list has been done.

Begin the negotiation process once you have a bid you like. Be sure that the quote is detailed and that you are comfortable with it before the job begins.