How to Choose a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
Want a Kitchen Remodeling Job You Can Trust? These Tips Will Help You Choose a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
It’s easy enough to know you’d like your kitchen to be remodeled. Maybe your kitchen is outdated, or maybe you need to add things like grab bars or smart kitchen features for better accessibility. Maybe your tastes have simply changed. Knowing the job that needs to be done is easy. Choosing a kitchen remodeling contractor you can trust is another matter. It can be hard to know that you’re making the right choice, but with these tips, we’ll help you learn how to choose a kitchen remodeling contractor that can truly bring your vision for your kitchen to life.
Know What Kind of Kitchen Remodeling You Need
Are you looking for a few cosmetic changes or an entire gut job? Do you want to add some square footage onto your kitchen or open the space up? Maybe your main focus is on modernizing your new kitchen. Or maybe you’re just thinking of painting the walls and adding some extra shelving, but don’t have time to do it yourself. It’s important to know what kind of kitchen remodeling you need to be done so you can cross-reference any kitchen remodeling contractor you find to see if they offer those services.
Keep in mind that while you may find many kitchen remodeling contractors, they may not all offer the same level of services. Be sure to look at their website thoroughly as well as examples of past work to know what you’re truly getting from them.
Need Other Remodeling Projects Done?
Is it just your kitchen that needs a touchup, or are you also thinking about remodeling a bathroom? It may behoove you to tackle both projects through the same remodeling contractor. This will help cut down on stress for you, as you can have both taken care of and then return to your normal life, rather than experiencing two interruptions throughout the year. It could also cut down on labor costs, since the remodeling team is already there. If this is something you’re interested in, make sure any kitchen remodeling contractor you look into performs both kitchen and bathroom remodels before you go further.
Ask Friends and Family
Your friends and family can be a great resource when you’re trying to choose a kitchen remodeling contractor. Maybe some of them have recently been through a home remodel. They may have had a great experience, in which case they can recommend the name of the remodeling contractor to you; on the other hand, they may have had a terrible experience, in which case they can warn you to avoid a particular contractor. Ask your friends and family, neighbors who may have had a kitchen remodeling project done recently, or coworkers who might have mentioned the project.
Check Out Remodeling Contractor Review Sites
Websites like Houzz, Angie’s List, and even Yelp are helpful in finding a kitchen remodeling contractor, not least of all because they offer customer reviews. While it’s never a good idea to just go off the first review you find, looking at multiple reviews and seeking out patterns will give you a good idea of what to expect from a particular remodeling contractor. Look at the dates of the reviews, as well. The more recent the reviews, the more relevant they will be to the kind of customer service you can expect.
Go With a Local Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
This may sound like a no-brainer. Obviously, any remodeling contractor that you choose will be someone located in your region. But not all of these contractors will be owned and operated in your region. Some might be a branch of a national franchise. To these companies, customer satisfaction matters much less because if one branch closes, they have several others.
For locally owned and operated businesses, their reputation is what keeps them alive. MBC Remodeling, for instance, relies on making sure our customers are 100% satisfied because our customers are our neighbors, friends, and family.
Come Up With a List of Questions To Ask
Of course, the best way to get a sense of any remodeling contractor is to ask them questions. Make sure you ask plenty of questions to get a good sense of their way of doing business and what you can expect. You may need to do some research beforehand in order to get a clear idea of the questions you’ll want to ask. Some might include:
- Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you work with subcontractors, and if so, how long have you worked with those subcontractors?
- Do you offer financing or any special offers on cost?
- What is your policy during adverse weather?
- Do you work year-round?
- Can I see examples of past work/talk to any past customers?
- What products do you offer/manufacturers do you work with?
- Do you perform custom remodeling projects?
Schedule a Free Consultation
A consultation is not a commitment. It’s simply an opportunity for the kitchen remodeling contractor to see your kitchen for themselves and have a discussion with you about what you want from your kitchen remodeling project and what the remodeling contractor can offer you. You don’t have to pay anything, and you don’t have to sign any contracts at that point, so it’s really a good opportunity for the kitchen remodeling contractor to sell you on their services. They can also offer an estimate from there so you’ll have a sense of how long the project will take and how much it will cost.
When scheduling a free consultation, you want to be sure that you choose a company that performs in-home consultations. Some may offer an estimate over the phone, but it can be difficult to accurately get a sense of what’s needed for the project without seeing the kitchen themselves. A contractor that’s unwilling to come out to the location before you sign a contract is probably not worth working with.
Look At Multiple Remodeling Companies, But Trust Your Gut
It’s always a good idea to keep your options open and look at multiple remodeling companies before you make your decision. In fact, if any remodeling company attempts to use high-pressure sales tactics to ensure that you sign a contract right away, that’s a big red flag that you should avoid that company. If they push you to sign a contract, they’ll likely push you in other ways, and they’re likely to be more concerned with their bottom line than your satisfaction. Getting a few estimates before you sign a contract is never a bad idea.
On the other hand, you do want to trust your gut, once you’ve done all your research. If something feels off to you, you can and should seek more information, but shouldn’t force yourself to ignore it in order to sign with a remodeling contractor. If you have a consultation with a remodeling contractor and they seem to offer everything you want for your kitchen remodeling contract, there’s nothing wrong with making an informed decision to sign a contract with that remodeling contractor rather than scheduling more consultations just to be sure.
MBC Remodeling offers over 60 years of combined experience, especially local experience, and all our remodeling jobs are custom. None of our customers are the same, so our kitchen remodels shouldn’t be, either. We also offer financing and bathroom remodels as well as kitchen remodels. Want to learn more? Contact MBC Remodeling today to set up a free consultation or simply for more information.