HIRING CONTRACTORS

Renovating a kitchen is never an easy task.

There are many issues that need to be addressed, and this is always the case, regardless of whether you are hanging new cabinets or a looking to replace the existing ones.

You also have to think about what you are going to do with flooring, countertops, splash pads, and much more.

Instead of making all of the decisions on your own, it can be advantageous to hire a contractor who can provide a wide range of suggestions and ideas.

Below are some tips to help you along the way.

Check Credentials

Before you begin working with any contractors in Delaware, or elsewhere, it is important that you learn about their credentials. This will tell you just how professional they are and where you want to work with them or not. Every contractor you allow on your property should have a valid business license. It is okay to ask to see the license to ensure that they are being open and honest. Any good contractor will be happy to provide you with a license as well as anything else that you may request. If there is any hesitation shown, take that as a sign that you need to locate another contractor.

As you are looking for credentials, you will also want to look at liability insurance. Every contractor should carry this to ensure that your home is protected when the crew begins working on your kitchen or bathroom. If they are injured, you want to make sure that the company is responsible for it, not you. The same goes if there is any kind of negligence as a result of the crew. By asking about the liability coverage, you can ensure that there are benefits in place to protect against injuries, breakage, and more. If the contractor doesn’t have business liability coverage on their insurance, you need to keep looking for another contractor.

Ask for References.

What one homeowner experiences with the contractor is likely going to be the same kind of experience for you. This is why it’s always a good idea to ask for references from a contractor. The best reputable contractors are going to have plenty of references to share with prospective customers. It’s a good idea to get at least three references – and if you can talk to those references, it can be even better. Ask them specific questions regarding the type of project they had done and how courteous the crew was. You can also ask for details on certain aspects so that you can see what the reference really thinks about the renovation from start to finish. You want to make sure that the reference has been things to say about the crew as well as the outcome of their project.

If a contractor is hesitant to provide you references, it can mean that they are very new or that they have not had many positive experiences. Either way, you want to consider choosing a different contractor for your kitchen renovation.

Collect Quotes

Before you ultimately choose a contractor for your renovation project, get at least three quotes from different contractors around the area that are qualified with the best credentials. You want to work with someone who has competitive pricing and who is reliable in terms of credentials and references. Look at all of the details within the pricing to ensure that everything that the two of you have spoken about is included in the price. You don’t want to be halfway through the project and then learn about other expenses that were not initially quoted. It can be advantageous to get the quote in writing – and also talk about any kind of warranties that are in place on the products used as well as the workmanship. This will ensure that both you and the contractor are on the same page.

The quote should be detailed list of everything that you want, incorporating all of the services as well as all of the pricing. You should then be able to accept the bid and establish a date for the work to start on their schedule.