Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Kitchen Renovation Contractor
Investing in a kitchen remodel can be a wonderful way to add resale value to your home while making your kitchen space more accessible in the process. However, unless you're a true DIY-guru, you won't want to take on any significant kitchen remodeling project on your own. Instead, it's best to leave projects such as new cabinet and counter top installation, flooring work, and the installation of new appliances to the experts. Of course, you don't want to hire just any renovation contractor for the job. Here are a few questions you need to ask any renovation contractor before making a decision.
What's Your Routine?
When you hire a kitchen contractor, you'll likely be seeing a lot of him and his workers for at least the next couple of weeks. If you don't communicate well from the get-go, you may find that your own personal life at home is disturbed by the contractors and their work. This is why it's so important to speak with a contractor ahead of time to find out what his typical daily routine is like with this kind of a project.
For example, what time will the contractors arrive at your home each day? How long will they stay? Make sure this is included in the contract.
How Will You Communicate?
This is something that's often overlooked, but ultimately, communication is extremely important when hiring a contractor. You'll want to make your expectations clear ahead of time regarding how often you expect "progress reports" on the contractors' work, how you should contact the contractor if you have a question or concern, and how long you should expect a response to take. Again, get this part in writing before signing a contract of any kind.
How Do You Handle Payments?
Will you be expected to pay for the entire project up front, or will a down payment suffice? Is there any option available for holding funds in escrow until the work is satisfactorily completed? Being aware of your payment options ahead of time can ultimately help you choose the contractor that's right for you (and will prevent you from getting ripped off; for the record, you should never have to pay for the entire project up front).
These are a few of the most important questions to ask a kitchen renovation contractor before making a decision one way or the other. From there, you can choose a contractor who's reliable and trustworthy.
For more information, contact Renovations Of Excellence Ltd.