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8 Questions To Ask Your Contractor Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel


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So your dream kitchen vision is finally becoming a reality. Here are a handful of valuable questions to ask a kitchen contractor before you sign on the dotted line. These essential inquiries suggested by Kitchen Cabinet Kings will help ensure that your budget stays in check, that your home is properly secured while strangers are working and that you get your kitchen back in a timely manner.

1. How do you break down your bid?

Some contractors will supply you with an overall quote, but that’s not the best way to go if you want to make sure your contractor isn’t overcharging. Ask your contractor to itemize the bid (to breakdown every cost) to better understand what you’re getting charged for.

2. Are there extra costs outside your quote?

Before you lock in with a contractor, make sure he or she isn’t going to add on extra fees without asking you first. Some contractors charge for things such as demolition, junk removal, painting and other tasks. In some cases, you may be able to handle these things yourself to avoid extra charges.
Kitchen estimate on clipboard

3. Who are your suppliers?

This is an important question to ask so that you can do some research and make sure his or her suppliers are reliable. You’ll want to make sure your contractor works with suppliers who carry the cabinets you like and offer quality guarantees and warranties. Conduct a quick background check or ask around to learn more about each supplier’s reputation.

4. Who will be in my home during the project?

Depending on the size of the contracting company, you may have between one and five workers in your home every day. If you have children or pets, it’s important that you get to know your contracting team before allowing them to enter your home. Once hired, you want to secure a plan with the team to make sure they’re properly locking doors, securing pets and keeping materials out of harm’s way.

5. How long will the project take?

It’s only natural to want a detailed timeline of your cabinet installation. Time contractors take in your home is time spent away from your kitchen, and it can be hard to spend several weeks eating out. You may even consider setting parameters for your contractor and asking for discounts and other incentives if work isn’t completed in the timeframe you’ve agreed upon.
Kitchen remodel in progress

6. Do you offer a warranty?

Some contractors will guarantee their work with written warranties. If they don’t offer one at the outset, make sure you request one to protect your kitchen from sub-par workmanship or low-quality materials.

7. Can you provide references?

If the potential contractor wasn’t recommended to you by someone you trust, it’s perfectly acceptable to do a little reference work yourself. If your contractor is happy to supply references, give past clients a call and gauge their overall feelings on the completed work.

8. Are you insured?

Generally speaking, it is unwise to hire contractors that are not licensed, bonded and insured. When a contractor is licensed, should the contractor fail to complete the work or doesn’t do the job properly, you may be able to recoup costs associated with the work and materials.

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