If you want to remodel and update the kitchen but you aren't sure where to start, it's best to find a qualified contractor. Remodelling the space won't just help you get the kitchen that you desire, but it will also help you update the property and add value to your home.
A contractor will take your budget and current kitchen layout, look at the space and help you decide what changes can be made. Here are some things to spend time doing before you pick a contractor for the work that needs to be done.
Screen Your Contractor
You don't want to start a project and then realize you have a contractor that does subpar work. Here are some of the details any contractor should be able to provide you:
- Insurance information
These are all things that you want to look at, so you can not only prove that the contractor is capable of taking on your project, but also that the contractor does the type of work that you need and are interested in. You don't want a contractor who has never done a kitchen attempting to renovate your space.
Know What Should be in the Quote
Once you start getting quotes, it's important to know what details should be documented. The quotes should include:
- Labour costs
- Expenses for materials
- Job description
- Floor plan
- Payment terms
- Permit fees
- Prep work
- Cleanup expectations
You don't want anything left to question once the project is underway. If you want to include fees for missed deadlines or anything else, talk with the contractor before the final contract is drawn up. If you are unsure about the contract you are signing, have a lawyer go over the details.
Require a Termination Clause
You want to have a termination clause in the contract in case the contractor breaches the contract. The contractor should be willing to agree to this if they don't already have a termination clause in the standard contracts they send to property owners.
If you are concerned about adding value to the home and about the resale potential, you may also want to talk with an interior designer. Choosing materials and a style that is timeless and modern is a great way to make sure that the kitchen looks good for years to come. Screen kitchen remodel contractors in your local area and then pick a professional to get the job started.