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What to Consider When Hiring a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

You’re all set to remodel your kitchen at last, and like several others, you’ve decided to use a kitchen remodeling contractor’s services.

Before you leap in and hire the first contractor you find, there are plenty of things to review in order to choose a quality contractor who is a perfect match for your project. Here are some tips to help you:

Go for a general contractor.

A specialty contractor works on one exclusive aspect of the project, such as installing tiles, while a general contractor tackles all areas of the project, from design to permits to inspections and the rest. This simplifies things so you can hire a single company instead of several contractors performing each part of the remodel.

Do some homework.
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Get recommendations from friends, neighbors or colleagues, but don’t forget to do some Internet research as well. When looking up local contractors on the web, consider what other people are saying about them. How long have they been in operation? A contractor who has worked in the area for no less than five years must be really good, or he simply won’t survive the stiff competition. Check if they are licensed and bonded, too.
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Generally, you want to feel confident not only that you’re picking a good contractor, but also that they are the best fit for your kitchen remodeling project.

Get a few estimates.

Get at three estimates, but don’t automatically go for the cheapest one. Low rates can indicate poor workmanship and material quality. Consider both the results of your research and the estimates you obtained when making a decision.

Ask a lot of questions!

If you ask many questions, you can appraise the contractor’s abilities more accurately. Here are some questions you may ask:

> Do I need a permit for my project, and if so, will you take care of it ?

> What types of insurance do you have? (They must have full insurance including worker’s compensation and liability).

, or do you only hire subcontractors?

> Will you be responsible for obtaining for building inspections and approvals?

> How long will the remodeling project take?

> How do your clients usually pay you?

> When the job is complete, will you offer a warranty and/or maintenance service?

Have a written contract.

This document should include all pertinent details, such as contractor name and license, project start and end dates, a payment schedule, list of materials and corresponding prices, warranty information, and the rest. Finally, go through each and every line of the contract before actually signing it.