What to Ask Your Contractor Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

by Adrian J. Elliott | Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 | 71 views

When hiring a contractor to remodel your question, you may have several questions in your mind and that’s great. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you like. But know which questions are crucial when comparing and vetting potential contractors. Read on to discover the top 5 questions you need to ask before handing over a deposit or signing on the dotted line.

  1. ASK FOR LICENCE AND INSURANCE

To know if the contractor you’re considering is properly licensed, contact your state’s consumer affairs department or local government as well as if there have been any recent complaints about his or her work. Ask for a copy of the certificate of insurance, which should list you as “additionally insured,” in case the policy expires in the midst of the renovation.

  1. ASK FOR A DETAILED PROPOSAL

Make sure you have a dated blueprint of your desired kitchen design, drawn up by an architect, to bring along to preliminary meetings. Then, get everything in writing. Also, withhold 10 percent of the contract price until any final corrections take place.

  1. ASK ABOUT SUBCONTRACTORS YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH

Ask for a list of everyone who will be involved in your kitchen renovation, such as the carpenters, cabinet installers, painters, and flooring technicians. Make sure that just like your contractor, all of them should be covered under worker’s compensation laws and disability insurance.

 

  1. ASK TO INVOLVE YOUR INPUT

Ask your contractor for his opinion and avoid the ones who say nothing and are in a rush to leave. Typically, your contractor and interior designer will take shopping trips to look at slabs of stone, appliances, lights, and fixtures. Request them that you would come along. Your opinion matters a lot in such cases. Some contractor might not let you get involved and you need to keep away from those. Go for contractors who accept your involvement.

  1. ASK IF THEY HAVE ANY SHOPPING DISCOUNT

Shopping discounts are always favourable. The good part is that most contractors and interior designers get 10 percent trade discounts on appliances. You need to ask them for such benefits. Good contractors will often offer you this discount as a courtesy. If you do buy your own kitchen devices, see if the contractor will pick them up and deliver them curbside at no extra fee. Either way, try to make use of this discount for budget benefits.

  1. ASK HOW OFTEN YOU CAN MEET TO CHECK ON RENOVATIONS

The more you stop by your home, the better. “f the contractor sees you around often, he or she will likely stay on the job versus bouncing back and forth between projects. At a minimum, plan to visit once a week. If you leave it completely on the contractors, it will give an impression that you are not that concerned about your house.

  1. ASK FOR BEST WAYS TO COMMUNICATION

Your contractor’s email or phone number is most important. If there is project manager or office assistant be in touch with them, and know how your contractor will be documenting your discussions.

 

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