Finding the Right Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Looking for a good contractor for your kitchen remodeling project may seem daunting, but it need not be so. If you know the steps are necessary, you will end up with your best option.


Seek referrals.


Without a doubt, word-of-mouth is the best way to look for a qualified kitchen remodeling contractor. Your relatives, friends and neighbors could refer you to some of those they may have happily worked with. Most people are eager to share their positive experiences with others. An option you have is reading reviews on third-party consumer websites.


Examine your prospect's credentials.


With a list of prospects in hand, you can start calling these contractors to pre-screen them, or visit their websites to learn more about them. First off, you'll want to know if they have all the required state and local licenses, along with certifications from professional associations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) or the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). None of these assure you of a good job, but they will certainly increase your chances of getting a good one. Keep in mind, however, that certifications are not all created equal. Take time to ask what their certifications are and what it took to get them. This can also apply when looking for Overland Park basement remodeling services. 


Talk to the candidates.


Narrow down your list of candidates and arrange a meeting with every one of them. How many contractors would be good to interview? Perhaps one but it won't hurt to stay open for three at most. 


Too many quotes can make it confusing to decide. On the NARI's website, you will find a list of questions you should ask your potential contractor. Observe how they answer these questions, but take note that effective communication always works both ways. The most important thing at this point is finding someone who will listen to you rather than doing all the talking. This is a longstanding relationship, so it's important that you have a personal connection with your contractor. It's crucial to trust the person.


Ask for references and call them.


This part is actually more important than most people think. References let you see what's in store for you with the contractor by hearing the stories of those who have hired them before. Any contractor who refuses to provide references probably has skeletons in their closet.


Have a contract in writing.


Once you have zeroed in on a particular contractor, scrutinize their contract. Is it presented professionally? Is it balanced? Among other things, the contract should have an express limited warranty, a waiver of lien (this will keep unpaid suppliers and subcontractors from putting a lien on your house), the bid price and payment schedule, and the project's start and estimated end dates. If you're not confident about your ability to assess a kitchen remodeling contract, look for a relative or friend who may be able to help. Get started at